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ABC Drops “Fight of the Week”

Mar. 28, 1964 - Don Dunphy may become the loneliest man in town next September when the “Fight of the Week” is dropped by ABC. He has broadcast more than 900 boxing bouts in his 23 years of sitting at a ringside microphone.

Mr. Dunphy, who will do baseball commentary this year before and after road game broadcasts of the New York Mets over WHN, did his first boxing broadcast June 18, 1941. It was the first Joe Louis-Billy Conn heavyweight championship fight at the Polo Grounds. The announcer switched to television in 1960 when the fights went off radio.

Mr. Dunphy got the radio fight job after auditions conducted by the Mutual Broadcasting System and Gillette. Several announcers took turns calling a fight at Madison Square Garden, although their reports did not go on the air. The light-heavyweight match was between Gus Lesnevich and Anton Christoforidis.


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