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Top moments in HBO Sports history

Tyson's defeat a memorable telecast

HBO Sports has made several headlines over the past several decades, whether it be the network home of where a once-undefeated heavyweight champion went down, or a presidential candidate shooting hoops. Here are the top 10 moments in its history:

  1. Down goes Joe Frazier, courtesy of George Foreman, in the pay cabler’s first world champion boxing match, live from Kingston, Jamaica.

    Muhammad Ali and Frazier provide a “Thrilla in Manila.”

  2. Sugar Ray Leonard proves you don’t need heavies to deliver drama as he defeats Marvin Hagler for the world middleweight title.

  3. James “Buster” Douglas shocks the world, and Mike Tyson, when he upsets the Iron Man in Tokyo.

  4. HBO shows off the green grass of Wimbledon, expanding its coverage to at least six hours a day.

  5. “Arthur Ashe: Citizen of the World” debuts, showcasing one of the net’s biggest sports and eventually winning Emmy and CableAce awards.

  6. Vince McMahon comes close to bodyslamming Bob Costas during a tense live interview from the set of “On the Record.”

  7. Former NFL lineman Esera Tuaolo comes out of the closet on “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel.”

  8. Eagles star Donovan McNabb makes headlines when he tells “Real Sports” that black QBs “have to do a little bit extra because the percentage of us playing this position, which people didn’t want us to play, is low.”

  9. Gumbel goes one-on-one with presidential candidate and notoriously poor bowler, Barack Obama.

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