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Boxing analyst Teddy Atlas is removed by ESPN from live fights

Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Boxing

The ringside absence Saturday of longtime ESPN boxing analyst Teddy Atlas appears to be permanent.

Atlas, reached by telephone Wednesday, was asked whether he'll return to live fight analysis on the network for which he has worked for 21 years.

"Doesn't look like it, at least from what I understand is the decision," Atlas said. "It wasn't my decision."

Atlas, who has trained boxers, including heavyweight Michael Moorer and welterweight Timothy Bradley Jr., has been a constant presence on ESPN boxing reports.

According to two individuals familiar with Atlas' situation but unauthorized to speak publicly on the matter, the decision to remove him from live broadcasts was based on his comments in two ESPN Top Rank cards this year.

ESPN and Top Rank agreed to a lucrative four-year deal this year that will feature the promotion company's best fighters, including Terence Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko, on the network.

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In Manny Pacquiao's upset loss to Australia's Jeff Horn in a welterweight bout in July in Brisbane, Atlas harshly criticized the judging.

Last month, in a Fresno, Calif., card headlined by junior-welterweight Jose Ramirez, Atlas argued with newly hired co-analyst Mark Kriegel and questioned his credentials.

"They gave (Atlas) a bunch of chances," one official said. "The Fresno show was terrible. He was terrible to Kriegel and it was the straw that broke the camel's back."

ESPN used Atlas in the studio before and after Saturday's World Boxing Organization super-featherweight successful title defense by Lomachenko, and Bradley, who also worked the Pacquiao-Horn fight, was alongside Kriegel and blow-by-blow broadcaster Joe Tessitore at New York's Madison Square Garden.

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