Antonio Tarver has dedicated his July 20 fight against Danny Green to Nick Charles, his former colleague at SHOWTIME Sports. Charles passed away on Saturday, June 25, after a long and inspirational fight against cancer.
Charles was the first sports anchor for CNN in 1980. He co-hosted CNN Sports Tonight with Fred Hickman and later hosted his own program, Page One with Nick Charles, until leaving the network in 2001. Beginning in 2001, Charles hosted SHOWTIME’s ShoBox: The New Generation.
“My upcoming fight against Danny Green on July 20th in Sydney, Australia will be dedicated to my good friend Nick Charles,” said Tarver. “He fought a courageous battle and my prayers go out to his family. Nick was a class act to everyone who knew him. His motto in life was to love what you are doing. He was a winner.”
Also, Chris DeBlasio released this statement on behalf of Showtime:
"For nearly 10 years Nick Charles served this network as host of the popular boxing series ShoBox: The New Generation. Nick infused every telecast with genuine intrigue and unfailing enthusiasm whether it take place at a parking lot in North Dakota or a historic boxing club in London. His unique ability as a storyteller also allowed viewers to connect with the athletes themselves, as he helped to dramatize what was at stake for the fighters that night and beyond. As ShoBox prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary, SHOWTIME is preparing a special tribute to one of boxing’s most passionate fans—Nick Charles. He will be missed, but never forgotten by the men and women who televise ShoBox and the many viewers who have been entertained and enlightened by Nick’s insight over the years. To mention the ShoBox series is to remember a man who helped define it."