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HBO's Merchant analyzing last boxing match Saturday

By Ken Schott
Thursday, December 13, 2012

Larry Merchant will end his 35-year boxing analyst career for HBO Sports on Saturday, when the cable network has its season finale of World Championship Boxing at 9:30 p.m.

Merchant isn't leaving HBO.

"Starting in January, I will become a Tom Brokaw-like senior kibbitzer on major news and events in boxing," Merchant said. "I was extraordinarily lucky to land with HBO when it was just a startup. I'm proud to be associated with so many talented people who made us into a groundbreaking network. I'm looking forward now to my new role and to new adventures in television, writing and the expanding media universe."

Merchant worked side-by-side with Jim Lampley since 1988. Max Kellerman, who joined HBO Sports in 2005 and has alternated with Merchant the past few years, will now be the full-time HBO ringside boxing commentator and post-fight interviewer.

 
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