Boston, MA, USA (September 28, 2023) - Bob Sheridan, known as "The Voice of Boxing" for his iconic commentary during thousands of boxing matches, has passed away at the age of 79. Sheridan was renowned for his passionate and vivid commentary, and he played a crucial role in immortalizing some of the most iconic moments in boxing history.
During his illustrious career, Sheridan called legendary fights such as the "Rumble in the Jungle" between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman and the "Thrilla in Manila" between Ali and Joe Frazier. He also provided commentary for one of the most infamous incidents in boxing when Mike Tyson bit off a part of Evander Holyfield's ear during their 1997 rematch.
Sheridan's career in boxing began in 1968, with his first title fight being Jimmy Ellis vs. Jerry Quarry, where both fighters competed for the vacated heavyweight championship after Muhammad Ali was stripped of the title for his refusal to be drafted by the Army during the Vietnam War.
However, Sheridan's most famous moment behind the microphone came on February 11, 1990, during the bout between James "Buster" Douglas and Mike Tyson at the Tokyo Dome. In this historic match, the 42-1 underdog Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in the tenth round, winning the undisputed heavyweight championship. Sheridan's commentary during this fight remains etched in boxing history:
"Oh, nice uppercut by Buster Douglas! Look at this! He's knocked Mike Tyson down! For the first time in his career, Mike Tyson has hit the canvas! He's in big trouble! He may not be able to recover! He's up to seven! And eight! He's not gonna be able to make it! Unbelievable! Unbelievable! Buster Douglas is the new... heavyweight champion of the world! This has got to be... this must be... one of the biggest upsets in the history of boxing! Buster Douglas... the new undisputed heavyweight champion of the world!"
Bob Sheridan lived in the Las Vegas area for many years and continued his involvement in boxing until April of the previous year when he was embroiled in controversy for making offensive remarks during a remote fight commentary in Mexico. Throughout his career, Sheridan battled multiple health issues, including four heart attacks and a dozen angioplasties.
In 2016, the Boston-born Sheridan was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He had called over 10,000 boxing matches, including more than 1,000 title fights, with many of those cards under Don King Promotions, where he served as the TV announcer for the legendary promoter's events starting in 1973. Bob Sheridan's impact on the sport of boxing and his unforgettable commentary will be remembered by fans around the world.
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RIP Bob and thanks from all of us.