I checked into the production truck yesterday at 1pm, even though the fight wasn't slated to start until 11pm. That's one of the things about TV, it's a lot of "hurry up and wait". So, I met the director, got my credentials and had a walk through on what exactly this job would entail.
Credentials & Information
Basically, I was in charge of making sure the announcers for the fight, Nick Charles and Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini were in the places they needed to be when, and I was a runner between them and the stats guys, so that Nick would know how many punches thrown, averages hit, etc. I sat ring-side, right next to the fight bell. Even though this pay-per-view event's featured fight was in my town, the rest of the televised fights were at Madison Square Gardens in NYC. So, there was a lot of waiting around and trying to time things with New York.
Of course, they didn't just have the featured fight of the night...in the hours leading up to it, there were 8 fights on the card. We used those fights as rehearsals for the main event, so everyone was in place and practicing. One of the fights was particularly bloody, as boxing sometimes gets...and that's when I realized the downfall to sitting SO close to the ring. Sweat, spray, and blood would fly out of the ring and onto us sitting right there. Yuck. That was pretty gross.
Finally, it was time for the big fight. And what a fight it was! 9 rounds ending with a called knockout!
After the fight was called, I had to get "Boom Boom" into the ring to interview the winner and loser...talk about crazy! There were SO many people running around, and it was super loud. But everything went off without a hitch and our director was very happy.
Most definitely an experience I won't soon forget!
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