Subject: NBC Sports History Page | Boxing
RCA radio broadcasts boxing to a regional audience
July 2, 1921
RCA radio station WJY presents live coverage of the Jack Dempsey vs. Georges Carpentier heavyweight
title fight, the first major sporting event broadcast to a regional audience. Ringside announcer J.
Andrew White calls Dempsey’s fourth-round knockout victory from Boyle's Thirty Acres, an arena in
Jersey City, N.J.
NBC brings viewers to the ring with first U.S. boxing broadcast
June 1, 1939
NBC airs the first-ever boxing telecast in the United States. NBC announcer Bill Stern provides the
blow-by-blow of the fight between Lou Nova and Max Baer from Yankee Stadium in New York City.
“Cavalcade of Sports” premieres
September 29, 1944
A 15-round bout between boxers Willie Pep and Chalky White serves as the debut of NBC’s
“Cavalcade of Sports.” Pep defeats White in a fight presented to nearly 7,000 television sets on
the East Coast. Running until 1960, the show becomes the “Gillette Cavalcade of Sports” in 1948,
and focuses primarily on Friday night boxing at Madison Square Garden.
Joe Louis wins first televised world heavyweight championship on NBC
June 19, 1946
Joe Louis Retains World Heavyweight Title on NBC
December 5, 1947
Joe Louis defeats “Jersey” Joe Walcott to retain the world heavyweight title in their first of
two meetings. Louis holds the title from 1937 until he retires in 1949. – add photos
Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta
February 14, 1951
Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta for the world middleweight title. The 13-round bout is the
last in a bitter rivalry between the fighters that included six fights over a span of nearly eight
Muhammad Ali fights NFL star Lyle Alzado
July 14, 1979
In an exhibition match at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colo., airing on “NBC SportsWorld,”
former Broncos defensive lineman Lyle Alzado fights Muhammad Ali. The match lasts a full eight
rounds, with Sam Nover calling the blow-by-blow and Dick Schaap reporting.
Sugar Ray Leonard becomes World Champion
June 25, 1981
Sugar Ray Leonard defeats Ayub Kalule via TKO at 2:59 of the ninth round at the Astrodome in
Houston, Texas, on NBC SportsWorld to become the WBA World Light Middleweight champion. Marv Albert
and “The Fight Doctor” Ferdie Pacheco call the action.
Larry Holmes vs. Carl Williams in primetime
May 20, 1985
NBC presents the IBF Heavyweight Championship of the World in primetime featuring Larry Holmes and
Carl “The Truth” Williams. Dick Enberg hosts, while Marv Albert provides blow-by-blow coverage
with analyst Dr.. Ferdie Pacheco. The bout lasts all 15 rounds, as Holmes defends his title in what
becomes the final primetime boxing broadcast on NBC until 2015.
Bob Costas, Al Michaels & Marv Albert host “Premier Boxing Champions”
April 11, 2015
Sports broadcasting legends Bob Costas, Al Michaels and Marv Albert work together for the first time
ever, highlighting a “Premier Boxing Champions on NBC” telecast from the Barclays Center in
Brooklyn, N.Y. The trio is synonymous with the biggest events in sports – at the time combining to
work 25 Super Bowls, 25 NBA Finals, 24 Olympics, 19 World Series and numerous championship boxing
events on television and radio.