Live PBC on NBC Telecast at 8:30 PM ET Features Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0) vs. Lamont Peterson (33-2-1), and “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2) vs. Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0)
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 8, 2015 – In three days, boxing hits Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., with Brooklyn-native Marv Albert serving as the blow-by-blow announcer for NBC’s Saturday, April 11 primetime telecast of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC.
Albert and fellow New York-natives Al Michaels (host) and Bob Costas (special contributor) will work together on a broadcast for the first time ever, and will be joined on the telecast by analyst and six-time world champion “Sugar” Ray Leonard, corner analyst B.J. Flores, and reporter Kenny Rice.
The primetime show features four boxers with a combined 127-4-1 record and 80 KOs – undefeated superstar Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) vs. Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs), and middleweight champion “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) vs. Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs).
Albert, who previously called boxing on NBC from 1980-2003, including three Summer Olympics highlighted by the controversial 1988 bouts in Seoul, South Korea, describes his most memorable New York boxing moments:
“My first New York boxing memories involve my father taking me to club and professional fights at an old, rickety arena in the Coney Island-section of Brooklyn, near where I grew up. This led to my regularly watching Friday Night Fights with Don Dunphy handling the blow-by-blow. I was fascinated to listen to boxing on the radio with Les Keiter, a onetime Knicks radio announcer, providing his fast-paced, staccato-style call on a number of heavyweight title fights which I’ll never forget – Ingemar Johansson against Floyd Patterson, and several of Muhammad Ali’s championship bouts.
“Then, when I started out in radio on WHN in New York, I was able to take in the electricity of a much-anticipated heavyweight fight. I was fortunate to cover what was labeled at the time as the ‘Fight of the Century’ between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. The excitement, the electricity, and the anxiety of the crowd was nothing I had ever experienced. That was the feeling even before Ali and Frazier entered the ring. I can still hear that incredible roar as two of the greatest of all time made their way to center stage.”
Joe Frazier, who entered the fight 26-0 with 23 knockouts, defeated Muhammad Ali (31-0, 25 KOs) by unanimous decision in front of 20,455 fans at Madison Square Garden.
NBC and NBCSN will present 20 live PBC on NBC boxing events in 2015. Within the 20 live shows, NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of PBC coverage, including NBCSN pre- and post-fight programming for NBC telecasts. The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Boxing. The PBC on NBC will feature many of today’s brightest stars, in their most compelling matches.
All PBC on NBC shows will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. NBC Sports Live Extra is available for desktops at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, on select devices within Google Play, and on windows phones and tablets.
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