Tuesday, April 22, 2008

This Week's Show

We have Jesse Feliciano, who headlines on Friday Night Fights this week and the original "Magic Man" -- former welterweight champ Marlon Starling.

Marlon was known back in the day as being a bit opinionated and difficult. I just got off the phone with him and he has not mellowed with age. Say what you will about him, this was a guy that lived, ate and breathed boxing. You couldn't keep him out of the gym. Should be a fun interview.

Talk to you Thursday.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


I was supposed to announce the undercard of Tarver - Woods/Dawson - Johnson. While I love announcing any fights, I was particularly stoked to be front row for Dawson - Johnson. I expected this to be a tremendous fight and know Glen and his handlers fairly well.

Thursday, I got a call that the local promoter had hired Mark Beiro to do the show. Now, Beiro has forgotten more shows than I've worked, but I was still miffed that I lost the job. This is the 4th time in my career that I'd been told I have a card and the job fell through. I'm starting to feel like a fighter. I must be the only ring announcer that gets scratched on a regular basis.

As I sat at home watching the great fight between Dawson and Johnson, I kept remarking to my wife, "I can't believe I'm not there for this." You can imagine the sympathy that comment invoked.

Next gig is ShoBox in May. That should be a good one. Andre Dirrell vs. Anthony Hanshaw. Looking forward to it. Assuming they don't get some other guy to do it.

I'll post an update with this week's guests as soon as they're confirmed.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Best Of

This week we're running a "Best Of" Through the Ropes show as I'll be traveling. I'm headed to Tampa to do the undercard of the Tarver - Woods/Dawson - Johnson card. You won't see me in the center of the ring during the Showtime broadcast, but hopefully I'll still be ringside once Jimmy takes over.

We'll talk next week.