Boxing analyst Teddy Atlas is removed by ESPN from live fights

Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Boxing

In post-fight coverage, Atlas and sports commentator Stephen A. Smith engaged in a lively debate about Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux quitting on his stool after six rounds because of a hand injury that proved not to be a fracture.

Asked whether Atlas would be kept from working future fights, ESPN executive Burke Magnus said Friday that Atlas had two more years on his contract and left it at that.

Atlas said Wednesday he has three years remaining with ESPN.

"I can't really talk about it (more) because I'm under contract. I always try to be up-front and honest. I'm not able to speak about it. I don't mean to be vague or be to the point, because that's what I like to be and always try to be, whether people like it or not," Atlas said.

In an emailed statement, ESPN executive Stephanie Druley said that "Teddy's expertise and knowledge of boxing is unparalleled and he will continue to be a part of our boxing coverage.

"As we embark upon a new approach with boxing, we are also going to utilize different talent lineups. For example last week, Teddy contributed a feature on Vasiliy Lomachenko; he will continue to contribute to boxing across our platforms."

Asked whether he'll be content without being so close to the action, Atlas repeated, "It wasn't my choice.

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"I've appreciated the 21 years I've been at ESPN and the opportunity I've been given, and I appreciate the opportunity the fans have given me. I still have three more years of a commitment to a company that's been good to me.

"I'm looking to fulfill my commitment and be true to that. I wish I was able to speak more on it, but I gave my word that I wouldn't."

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