If the name Michael Buffer doesn’t ‘ring a bell’, then perhaps his trademarked catchphrase might.
“Let’s get ready to rumble!”
Michael Buffer is the American boxing announcer known throughout the world of the boxing sport. Beginning his career in 1982 as a humble ring announcer, Michael Buffer – now aged 75 – spoke about the highlights of his life with Ak & Barak in 2019, according to World Boxing News.
Ak & Barak is the weekly boxing show hosted by Akin Reyes and Barak Bess featured by DAZN weekdays at noon. It features reviews of each weeks’ top headlines in the sport and all highlights you might have missed with interviews with the greats from Anthony Joshua to Canelo Alvarez.
During his talks with Ak & Barak, Buffer mentioned his intentions of retiring from Boxing announcing until promoter Eddie Hearn and DAZN reeled him back in…
“…as soon as I thought I was out, they pulled me back in.”
Buffer has been the esteemed voice of boxing for over 30 years, announcing fights for legends and challengers alike. He featured as the announcer for Donald Trump’s casino bouts and holds strong repute with the greats such as Sugar Ray Leonard who once praised Buffer stating:
“When you introduce a fighter, it makes him want to fight.”
As it stands, Buffer works alongside DAZN (standing for Da Zone) – the subscription service that provides sports streaming for our beloved World Boxing Super Series. He can be found in interviews in January speaking with iFL TV speculating details about our top heavyweight fighters such as Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, and Dillian Whyte.
In his Hotboxin’ feature with Mike Tyson 2nd September, Michael Buffer speaks about his intentions to have retired at the end of 2018 satisfied with life. He continues to explain that once Eddie Hearn and his father Barry Hearn came into his life, he was faced with “…a couple million reasons to be exclusive.” And he now only announces fights for Matchroom Boxing – the sports event promotion company founded by Barry Hearn – and DAZN’s streaming service which Buffer describes as, “…this Da Zone thing is great for fans.”
Signing with DAZN to be the exclusive ring announcer for all boxing broadcasts may have been the greatest move yet for Buffer. With the benefits of DAZN’s streaming over the generic pay-per-view fights, Buffer entered the fray of modernity rather than the quiet of retirement.
Retirement seems to have taken a backseat for now for Buffer at his ripe age of 75 and yet, it seems Michael Buffer is still in the prime of his career!
As for whether he will retire or not…we hope not quite yet!