Mark E. Ortega

HBO Sports boss divulges Legendary Nights details

HBO Sports president Ken Hershman confirmed some details about the upcoming Legendary Nights documentary based on the Arturo Gatti-Micky Ward trilogy while in Los Angeles for the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Bryan Vera fight.

“It’ll air on Oct. 19 after the fight between Mike Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov,” Hershman told RingTV.com on Friday after Chavez Jr. and Vera weighed in ahead of tomorrow’s fight in Carson, Calif.

It’ll be the first installment of the acclaimed series since the first set of episodes ran in 2003. Incidentally, Gatti and Ward waged 30 rounds of war against each other between 2002 and 2003 before becoming the best of friends. Now a decade removed from the fights and the last run of Legendary Nights, it could be considered perfect timing for the series’ return.

“It’ll have more of a documentary feel to it than the previous bunch,” said Hershman, who also added that despite its hour-long runtime, it was difficult to fit everything in.

Hershman also told RingTV.com that Mark Wahlberg will serve as the program’s narrator, given his close ties to Ward following his acclaimed 2010 biopic “The Fighter.”

Hershman says he wouldn’t rule out future installments of the Legendary Nights series pending a good response from the upcoming Gatti-Ward episode.

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