KO Nation is an American television series which featured up-and-coming boxers in a hip-hop format. Shown on HBO every Saturday afternoon (later moved to late-night in January 2001[1]) from May 6, 2000 until August 11, 2001, the show featured dancers and hip-hop performances, and was hosted by Fran Charles and Kevin Kelley. Former Yo! MTV Raps video jockey Ed Lover was the "face" of the show, and was the ring announcer. The show ultimately failed to attract its target audience, drew low Nielsen ratings, and was cancelled on August 11, 2001.[2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ Langdon Brockinton (November 27, 2000). "HBO Sports plans to take boxing series 'KO Nation' into the night". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  2. ^ KO Nation Down For the Count Archived 2007-03-10 at the Wayback Machine - Cable World, July 9, 2001 by Will Lee
  3. ^ R. Thomas Umstead (February 27, 2000). "HBO seeks younger auds with 'KO'". Variety. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  4. ^ "HBO adds afternoon boxing series" (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable. February 28, 2000. p. 69. Retrieved July 29, 2020 – via World Radio History.
  5. ^ R. Thomas Umstead (August 20, 2000). "HBO Has High Hopes For New KO Nation". Multichannel News. Retrieved July 29, 2020.