- Before he starts using the phrase prepare for thunder, try other ideas. However, none of the previous ideas worked either
- As he himself admits, he also gained fame thanks to the magic of television. Frequent visits to American homes thanks to ESPN have made him a recognizable personality to this day.
- And in Poland it was in 2011 to announce the fight between Tomasz Adamek and Vitali Klitschko
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Special guests came to the country on the Vistula River. In addition to the absolute champions of the evening, such as Osyk and Dubois, world boxing icons will also appear in Wroclaw. The VIP area will be filled with familiar faces of martial arts fans, and in the ring we will see a true legend of the profession as Compere.
Michael Buffer is a living boxing legend. He started with his son
He is the most famous comber in the world of boxing. When fans hear his voice, they know something very important is going on. “Let’s get ready to move!” (Get ready for thunder, ed.) – This exclamation became legendary and allowed Michael Buffer to make a fortune.
The 78-year-old with the legendary voice admits he has no idea how much he made from that five-word phrase, but accounts put him at more than half a billion dollars. Earlier, he tried to warm the fans with the slogan “Fasten your seat belts”, but as time went by, the word “Thunder” was better accepted. He shouted them for the first time in 1984. Only after these words did he begin to pause appropriately. Thanks to her, fans were able to shout their feelings and look forward to the fight of the evening. However, he himself confirmed many times that a similar phrase had already been said by Muhammad Ali, and the announcer did not start repeating these words except at the appropriate moment.
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Buffer’s career has gone through various phases. In his time, he became known as an actor and a well-known personality through television commercials. The breakthrough came when he and his son sat down to watch another boxing match.
– I no longer remember who fought, but the result was divided, because the two judges referred to one fighter and another to the other. My son was angry because the host gave two outcomes to the winner of the fight first, which spoiled the whole drama of the show. Knowing that I had used my voice in TV commercials convinced me to give it a try. I trained a lot, at least 5k. I had repeated the same lines many times before my Atlantic City debut in 1982.
Buffer became involved with the Top Rank group, which was led by Bob Arum. He got his first major fight four months later. Roberto Duran’s opponent was Davey Moore. Most of the events he participated in were broadcast on ESPN. He admits that it was thanks to this station that he became famous. The media magic has worked.
He took part in hundreds of famous concerts, including those that Polish fans especially remember. He announced Andrei Golota’s bout with Riddick Bowe in 1996. He also became famous outside of sports. At the end of the 80s, Donald Trump decided to hire him in his casino network.
He owes a lot of money to him. He starred in such films as “Rocky 5” (1990), where he played himself, as well as in “Queen of the Ring” (2004), “Fighter” (2010), and Creed: Birth of a Legend. (2015) and “Creed 2” (2018).
He also accepted offers to take part in unusual sporting events, such as Premier League matches. In Poland, it was there in 2011 to announce the fight between Tomasz Adamek and Vitali Klitschko.
Michael Buffer was considering retirement. Years later, he returned to Poland
Talk to Sports Review a few times. Even in 2010, before the fight between Vitali Klitschko and Albert Sosnowski in Gelsenkirchen, he said that he should retire in 3-4 years. Six years later, he admitted to Przemyslaw Osiak that he had been thinking about it, but still received attractive offers and still had the strength to work and travel.
“Retirement is really very much on my mind. I’m already 71 (talking seven years ago, editor’s note). However, I always get calls with invitations and persuasions coming. First of all, I’ll still be a boxing fan. I love watching fights and watching them. Damn, that’s Great job! I will be with you as long as they are willing to pay me! – he stated in an interview with “Przegląd Sportowy” and kept his promise.
The American translator often travels between continents, but, as he admits, he has great ways of doing so. “I’m fine.” On the plane, I can indulge in literature and relax with good music. I usually travel with my wife. We have already covered most of the cities from a tourist point of view. We have to visit the restaurant. London, Moscow, New York… We love this life.”
A historic event for the world of sports will take place on Saturday evening at the Tarczyński Arena in Wroclaw. Tickets are still available here. Who will win a fight with the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO belts at stake? He was convinced of this late in the evening of August 26th.
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