(DailyVantage.com) – Michael Buffer is the most famous boxing announcer in the world. To the world’s utter shock, he admitted that he hates his voice.
Buffer is a professional ring announcer. He started this profession in 1982. One year later, Brad Jacobs, a COO at Top Rank, found Buffer to be gifted and selected him to work as a ring announcer. Buffer has now been calling fights for over 40 years. He is best known for his iconic boxing call: “Let’s get ready to rumble!” In 2019, Buffer was recognized for his work by being initiated into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
While Buffer is now well at ease with his profession, the famous announcer had a rough start to his career. In an interview with The Telegraph, Buffer said when he began four decades ago, he was “really dreadful.” He never thought he would enjoy being an announcer. The Hall of Famer said he initially had knots in his stomach and questioned why he even attempted the announcer role. He felt out of place. He said he was inexperienced and “bluffed” his way into getting the role.
When he was young, the famous boxing announcer said he had always enjoyed watching boxing on television. He remembered seeing Jersey Joe Walcott and Rocky Marciano and how he looked up to Floyd Patterson and then Muhammad Ali.
Buffer was a model in the 1980s. He said he began applying to different networks by sending letters and his headshot to many fighting rings in casinos and hotels in Atlantic City, New Jersey. After that, Buffer said, “The rest is history.”
Buffer has had the honor of announcing fights by well-known fighters, including Sugar Ray Leonard, Floyd Mayweather, Evander Holyfield, and many more. He also had cameos on South Park and The Simpsons. The famed announcer has even successfully battled throat cancer. He knows he is the world’s most celebrated boxing announcer. He totes the title “the voice of boxing.” However, Buffer said, “I hate my own voice.”
For being a class clown when he was younger, Buffer feels he has lived a fantastic life. He confessed that he forgets some of the remarkable situations he witnessed over the years.
The well-known announcer does remember some boxing highlights. In 1994, Michael Moorer was knocked out by George Foreman in the tenth round of their fight. Big George was then the oldest heavyweight titleholder in the history of boxing. Buffer said Foreman was barely holding onto the fight and was losing every round. Finally, Big George lacked two sets of jabs and finished Moorer in the 10th round. Buffer said the crowd usually erupts at a fight ending in a knockout. This time, the audience gasped in disbelief. With tears in his eyes and his lips trembling, Buffer declared Foreman the champion. It was a thrill “seeing this old guy win that fight.” The ring announcer continued by saying he had witnessed many sensational fights during his career.
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