Colonel Bob Sheridan passes at 79


Sad to report the passing of Boxing Hall of Fame announcer Colonel Bob Sheridan at the age of 79. Sheridan called the blow-by-blow action in over 10,000 fights on radio and television, including the legendary Rumble in the Jungle, the Thrilla in Manila, the Fanman Fight, the Bite Fight and many more.

“The Colonel had a larger-than-life personality,” said® Editor & Chief Karl Freitag. “We interviewed him many times. He was always entertaining and could tell a story like no other. He was a friend of® and will be missed.”

Here’s a great interview with the Colonel by Boxing Bob Newman at the 2010 WBC Convention:


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  • Wowwwww! A few generations grew up listening to him calling fights. Rest easy Colonel and congrats on a life well lived!

  • Awwwwww. RIP Colonel. Thank you for all the great fight calls you made over the years.

  • Heaven has been waiting for you my man to call a few legacy fights!! God bless you and your wife who passed a few years ago! She’s been waiting for you big man!!!!

  • Sad to hear of this. Been listening to him call fights as long as I’ve followed the sport. RIP Bob Sheridan.

  • .A great person in boxing is gone and true boxing fans will miss him, rest in peace Colonel Bob Sheridan

  • Ali-Foreman, Foreman-Norton, Homes-Norton…the Colonel’s calls are inextricably linked to those fights and his calls are the definitive ones. RIP, Bob Sheridan.

  • NOOO!!! Man, what terrible news! You will be missed sir. Thank you for your enthusiasm and knowledge while calling fights and keeping things interesting. Rest in peace buddy, you will be missed Mr. Sheridan.

  • Loved hearing the phrase “he is some kind of tough” better then most of the commentators with jobs today and the story about the Corvette car jacking attempt was box office gold. RIP

  • One of the greatest, well known and beloved sports announcers of all time. Rest in Peace my friend and may God comfort your family and loved ones.

    • Thank you for the kind words I loved my dad his legacy will live in with me and my brother. This article was talking about me doing my first fight, but it was canceled because of covid. Thanks again sir

  • Sheridan was one of they guys that made boxing such a colorful sport and added a lot of spice to the game. He would still do even do fights on the radio until recent years. RIP Colonel!

  • I ragged on him often for his complete b.s. stories that usually had nothing to do with boxing. Sorry he died. He did have a number of classic broadcasts especially in the 70’s where he and Ali were entertaining with each other.

  • I am not sure if he had control of all his faculties the last couple years. When he was calling a fight with Paulie M he said some crazy stuff, insulted the ring girls and was just obnoxious that night. Maybe he had a few, not sure. He still called some of the best fights in my lifetime though.

  • I remember Bob from our home town, Lexington, MA. He was 4 years older than me and was a Lifeguard at the town pool when I was still in Jr. High. I still have an indelible image ì him sitting in the Lifeguard chair, w/a silver whistle on a lanyard around his neck. A bit later, I was an Instructor’s Aide. Blessings to Bob and Family.

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