A talk with Jim Lampley about historic Tyson-Douglas bout

By Ed Odeven
TOKYO (Feb. 7, 2015) — Here is some bonus material that wasn’t featured in my Japan Times article (see below) on HBO announcer Jim Lampley’s memories of the Feb. 11, 1990, fight between Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas at Tokyo Dome.

After Douglas stopped Tyson’s reign as heavyweight champion with a 10th-round knockout, Lampley didn’t have time to enjoy the sights as a tourist. He had to get back to work — on the other side of the world.

It was a quick dash out the Tokyo Dome doors en route to catch his Singapore Airlines flight — not even a quick stop at a local noodle or sushi shop was on the agenda.

All in all, it was an action-packed day Lampley can never forget. After all, it was really two days in one for him — Feb. 10 and 11 — while traveling back in time after Douglas’ shocking upset.

As Lampley explained it: “When the fight was over, I flew back to the United States immediately following the fight….I went to a large benefit luncheon for the Genesis Wildlife Fund. I anchored the 5 o’clock and 10 o’clock news that evening from the television station, I later anchored the 11 o’clock news from the television station, and I also filed a report for the CBS network show ‘CBS This Morning’ that would air the following morning on CBS.

“If you go by the appointment calendar I have which lists my activities on a daily basis, that’s the single busiest day professionally in the history of my life. (And) I’ve been on television for 40 years. ..

“Fortunately, I sleep well on planes.”

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Here’s my interview with Jim Lampley (part of the Tyson-Douglas shocker revisited series): http://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2015/02/06/more-sports/boxing-2/lampley-remembers-historic-night-tokyo/#.VNXyqSz598E