The man known around the world as the “voice of boxing” is in Apia.
Tonight, Colonel Bob Sheridan, the legendary fight announcer, will call the Rumble in Paradise between Samoa’s Lupesoliai Joseph Parker and his American opponent, Jason Bergman.
Speaking to the Weekend Observer yesterday, the Colonel said he has been thoroughly impressed with Samoa so far.
He assured that he will try his hardest to convey the beauty of Samoa to the millions who will be watching tonight’s fight from all over the world.
“This is really paradise,” he said. “What an honour it is to be after broadcasting boxing for over 50 years, 1000 world title fights and to be with Joseph Parker and Jason Bergman here, and I can assure you on my telecast I will make that clear to the world that this is fantastic,” he said.
Mr. Sheridan was present during yesterday morning’s parade and was blown away.
“I’ve been involved in huge promotions over the years and this is absolutely the most fantastic weigh in I’ve ever been involved in,” he said.
“They may have more people at the weigh in’s in Las Vegas but it’s nowhere near as spectacular as what I’m seeing right here now.”
About tonight’s main event, the Colonel said he is looking forward to the fight. He is positive the fighters have the goods to deliver a world class fight.
“This is my 31st country doing world class boxing,” he said.
“I don’t know if you realise that it was his trainer Kevin Barry who brought you the world title with Maselino Masoe and also handled the career of David Tua.
“And now he’s in charge of who I think is one of the greatest young heavyweights that I have ever seen, and you’ll remember I’ve broadcast them all, Norton, Holmes, and of course Muhammad Ali, so we look forward to the fight.”
Mr. Sheridan, born 1944 in Boston, is an American boxing and MMA commentator. He has broadcast over 10,000 fights on radio and television.
Sheridan attended the University of Miami on a baseball scholarship and briefly played for the Class-A Miami Marlins after graduating in 1966.
While working as a gym teacher in Miami, Sheridan paid for air time on WDER-FM on Sunday mornings. Before the end of the year, he started calling boxing matches on WGBS.
He went on to announce several of Muhammad Ali's title fights, including the Rumble in the Jungle against George Foreman and the Thrilla in Manila which saw Ali take on Joe Frazier.
He anchored telecasts for Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield's bouts. He was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2007 he succeeded Lon McEachern as the main play-by-play commentator for the bodogFIGHT mixed martial arts promotion, calling fights alongside Paul Lazenby, Jeff Osborne and Royce Gracie. The Rumble in Paradise doors open tonight at 7pm.