Atlas Pulled From Loma-Rigo Broadcast
Teddy Atlas won’t be the ringside analyst for ESPN’s telecast Saturday night of the Vasyl Lomachenko-Guillermo Rigondeaux fight.
Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Mannix reported Wednesday that Atlas, a former trainer who has worked ESPN boxing broadcasts for nearly 20 years, won’t take his usual ringside seat alongside blow-by-blow announcer Joe Tessitore in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The move comes following Atlas spent a significant portion of a broadcast arguing with Mark Kriegel, a former newspaper columnist and new member of the network’s announcing team.
The issues between Kriegel and Atlas drew a litany of criticism from both media and fans following the November 11th event from Fresno, California.
It is not known whether or not the issues between Atlas and Kriegel had anything to do with Atlas’ removal from the Lomachenko-Rigondeaux broadcast or if it’s a permanent move. Stephanie Druley, an ESPN senior vice president for event and studio production, did tell Mannix that Staten Island’s Atlas, 61, has provided a feature piece for Saturday’s telecast and will continue to contribute to the network’s boxing coverage.
“Teddy’s expertise and knowledge of boxing is unparalleled and he will continue to be part of our boxing coverage,” Druley said.
“As we embark upon a new approach with our boxing coverage, we are also going to utilize different talent lineups.”
She did not confirm the team that’ll work Saturday’s telecast.”