Colonel Bob Sheridan, the Hall of Fame boxing commentator, has passed away at the age of 79.
Sheridan, who was often referred to as the ‘voice of boxing,’ had called many fights, such as Muhammad Ali and George Foreman’s ‘Rumble in the Jungle,’ as well as Ali and Joe Frazier’s ‘Thrilla in Manila.’ However, his personal life had been filled with struggles.
Sheridan had numerous health problems throughout his life, including four heart attacks and a dozen angioplasties. However, his achievements were recognised in 2016 when he was placed in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. This was in recognition for calling over 10,000 boxing fights, and over 1,000 title fights. The news has understandably gotten the reaction of many within the boxing community as Michael Buffer left a tribute to the late Sheridan.
“I’m totally gutted at the news of “Colonel” Bob Sheridan passing away! He was far and away the most prolific boxing broadcast announcer in history! He had an ability to instantly say what his eyes saw-just a legend of the sport! R.I.P. My Friend,” Michael Buffer said
Sheridan’s Impact On CSI Sports
Colonel Bob, who dedicated his life to the sport, had called countless memorable fights for CSI Sports. His captivating commentary, boundless knowledge, and charismatic presence will be deeply missed. As we bid farewell to our dear friend, let us remember the indelible mark he left on the world of boxing. Rest in peace, Colonel Bob.
Social Media Reaction
We’ve had so many great nights all together ringside, which I miss. Being surrounded by legends in our sport such as you and The Colonel will forever be some of my fondest memories
— Crystina Poncher (@CrystinaPoncher) September 27, 2023
Awful news mate 😢
— Ben Damon (@ben_damon) September 27, 2023
He was a great personality and announcer. He came to NZ and announced some fights including Joe Parker fights.
It was great hearing his voice and made those fights special.
— Hugh Macleod (@HughMacloud) September 28, 2023