Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Bob Arum: Buffer Was 'Next To Awful' In The Beginning

By Keith Idec

The “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” segment on the Buffer brothers, which debuted Tuesday night, is hardly just about Michael Buffer bellowing out a catch phrase.

The piece, reported by correspondent Soledad O’Brien, explores how Michael Buffer grew up in foster care outside Philadelphia and finally met his biological father, Joe, and younger brother, Bruce, after Bruce noticed him announcing boxing on television in the 1980s. It also addresses the throat tumor that threatened Buffer’s career six years ago before it was surgically removed and how Bruce Buffer, UFC’s ring announcer, and his older brother have transformed five simple words, “Let’s Get Ready To Rumble,” into a trademarked empire.

Among those interviewed in the piece, which was screened by BoxingScene.com, is promoter Bob Arum, who laughed hard while recalling Buffer before he worked out the kinks and became famous.

“I was doing the ESPN weekly boxing show back in the 80s,” Arum recalled. “We tried Buffer and he was next to awful. His hand was shaking, he mixed up all the names. He was so bad.”

O’Brien then asked Arum if he felt even then that there was something special about the former fashion model, the International Boxing Hall of Fame promoter said, “Yeah, the women liked him. He’s a really handsome guy.”

The episode will debut Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET/PT and will air again numerous times over the course of the next few weeks. Check hbo.com for playdates.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

Tags: Bob Arum image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PunchyPotorff on 05-23-2014

The one I remember from the 80s was Ed Derian. Used to crack me up whenever he did the ring announcements. "And your referee for this evening's bout... Frank Cap-oooh-CHEEEEEE-noe" or "This young man... is a native of north Philadelphia...".…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 05-23-2014

[QUOTE=Snake4380;14579105]Bob, what's not next to awful but actually awful are your undercards. Why don't you worry about protecting your fighters with blood-testing and making better undercards. We don't need to hear your comments on trivial areas of boxing...[/QUOTE] Agreed on…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 05-23-2014

[QUOTE=anonymous2.0;14578782]What's more bizarre is that he's copyrighted that catchphrase of his.[/QUOTE] It is kinda strange, but smart in a big money sense. Gene Simmons owns the copyright on the term 'orange juice' I've been told. Some of these guys are…

Comment by chargerhemi06 on 05-22-2014

[QUOTE=Kuyukut;14578781]better than paul mcCartney?[/QUOTE] lol...I was just being stupid. I wanted to see if any one noticed I got the first name wrong.

Comment by turnedup on 05-22-2014

[QUOTE=radioraheem;14578868]It's not bizarre, companies do that all the time for slogans.[/QUOTE] He calls that outrageous lol..he must've forgotten Paris Hilton trying to trademark "that's hot" lol

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (17)
Top Headlines Razvan Cojanu Arrives in New Zealand For Joseph Parker Fight Canelo, Chavez Jr. Passing All Random Drug Tests, Says WBC Prez Freddie Roach: Klitschko Will Be Mad, But I'm Picking Joshua Banks Admits He Had a Feeling Klitschko Would Lose To Fury Erislandy Lara Says Demetrius Andrade Priced Himself Out Parker-Cojanu Fight to be Announced Wednesday in New Zealand Lennox Lewis Disagrees With Joshua: Fighting Overseas a Must! Joshua vs. Klitschko: David Fields To Referee; Judges Are Named Photo: Kubrat Pulev, Kevin Johnson - Go Face To Face at Presser Gervonta Davis Vows To Punish Liam Walsh's Brother Afterwards Klitschko: I'm Focused on Myself, My Ego - Not Joshua-Fury Beef Photos: Pacquiao Puts in Work, Hangs With Koala in Australia Keenan Smith, Kenneth Sims Jr. Grab Wins in Atlantic City Wilder to Klitschko: Forget Joshua's Size, Power; You Have to Fight! Tyson Fury Aims To Make Return on Saunders-Khurtsize Bill in July Ugas Replaces Barrios, Will Face Lara After Weight Mishap Errol Spence: Jermell Charlo Provided Perfect Sparring for Brook Wilder: Steward Wouldn't Have Allowed Fury to Beat Klitschko Daily Bread Mailbag: Ward-Kovalev II, Canelo-GGG, Charlos, More Joshua-Klitschko: Lawrence Okolie To Face Russ Henshaw Craig Kennedy vs. Matty Askin, Now on May 26 In Cardiff Jeff Horn's Coach: Doubters Will Have Egg on Their Face! Wilder: You Don't Need Skill If You Have Power Like Me, Joshua Joseph Parker vs. Razvan Cojanu, Speculation Floating Around Joshua-Klitschko Brings Cable Giants Back To Common TV Ground Lara: Jacobs Beat Golovkin, I'd Give GGG Tremendous Problems! AIBA Backs Away From Amir Khan's SBL After Snafu in India Indongo Advises IBF of Injury, Lipinets Defense May Get Delayed McGregor's Manager Updates on Latest With Mayweather Fight Photo: WBC Reveals Special Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. Title Belt Peter Fury Reacts To Claims Hughie Ran From Joseph Parker Shot Anthony Joshua Fires Back at Klitschko as Tensions Begin To Rise Wilder: Parker Should Forget About May 6th, Fight Me in July Broner To Tim Bradley: Bald Head Uncle Tom, Stop Talking Crazy Mike Alvarado, Saucedo Added To Michael Conlan Chicago Card Horn's Coach Warns Pacquiao: Jeff Can Hit as Hard as Marquez! Joshua vs. Klitschko: Joe Cordina To Open Up The Show Bellew: Tyson Fury Keeps Calling Me Out, We Might Have To Dance! Showtime's Espinoza: There's One Network Committed to Boxing Vitali Klitschko Admits Wladimir's Career on The Ropes in Defeat
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement