Born April 8, 1949 in Asheville, NC. As a child he developed an affinity for boxing by watching Sugar Ray Robinson on the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports on Friday evenings.
He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1971 and returned to Chapel Hill to earn a master’s degree in communications in 1974. His broadcasting career begin in 1974, at age 25, when he was hired by ABC as a sideline reporter on its college football broadcasts. During his 12 years at ABC he hosted Wide World of Sports and served as blow-by-blow announcer for over 40 boxing matches including Mike Tyson vs. Jesse Ferguson in 1986. In March 1988 he began calling boxing action for HBO as blow-by-blow announcer on its World Championship Boxing telecasts and has been at ringside ever since. Since his first HBO broadcast - Mike Tyson vs. Tony Tubbs - among the legendary fights he’s called include Tyson vs. Douglas, Foreman vs. Moorer and landmark trilogies between Gatti-Ward, Bowe-Holyfield and Morales-Barrera. Lampley was executive producer of the 2012 series On Freddie Roach and since 2012 has hosted HBO’s The Fight Game With Jim Lampley.
During his career he has also covered a record 14 Olympic Games for U.S. television and is a four-time Sports Emmy Award winner.
Born: April 8, 1949