Author’s Note:

I am NOT a fighter, nor am I a former fighter, at least not a professional fighter. For me, boxing fulfilled a very important part of life, more a rite of passage; from child to manhood, as I had to prove myself in the ring while growing up in the part of New York I was born and raised in. Again, all learned in the ring of a small gym, situated in an economically, hard pressed section of town. But that was back then, however, what I am now, is just an ordinary guy who, like many other working class people, enjoys doing things in the limited leisure  time my hectic life allows. Most importantly my number #1 favorite thing to do in the entire world is watching ( but, most importantly listening ) to professional and amateur Boxing on television and in person, and if you were to ask my wife, “What is it that he does best”? She would most certainly agree that maybe I enjoy doing this just a little, too much.  After all, I’ve been doing this for a long time, and if God allows me, I’ll continue on doing so for some time more.

As I have just mentioned, I love to watch the blow-by-blow action of either a professional or amateur Boxing match, however the added ingredient of listening to a unique language associated to the sport of  Boxing gives me the biggest thrill. I mean my adrenaline really starts pumping whenever I listen to someone who knows how to “talk the talk” of this exciting sport. Boxing commentary is essential to any fight regardless if it is a knock down brawl or just an opening round knock-out. It is my opinion that an experienced Boxing commentator can make even the dullest fight look, I mean, sound interesting.

Over this period of time I’ve listened to many ringside announcers including the very best describing the blow-by-blow action. Some were former fighters who knew the sport from the inside out, some others were reigning champs, then again, there were others who never “laced-on-a-glove” in their lives yet, in their own way, (and style) called the fights with the same degree of energy, and enthusiasm as their pug counterparts did.

Over the years of watching the fights, I’ve noticed and observed other people’s comments from individuals who are in some way connected to the action going on in the ring.  Referees for instance say a helluva lot of stuff during a fight and with different referees come different flavors to a fight. From a fighter’s corner, his trainer and seconds bring yet another dimension of comments, remarks and energy to a fight, both during the action and especially in-between rounds.

Lastly, some of the very best comments I’ve ever heard during a fight are comments from the paying audience, adding yet another intense, energized dimension to the action going on in the ring.

Oh yeah, before I forget, the absolute best commentaries ( for sure ), both before & after, but rarely, during a fight, are from the fighters themselves. Now, they really fill the air with the maximum degree of color and flair.

To me, the sport of boxing is above anything else, an action packed experience, naturally for both of the combatants, but also for members of the audience. What I’ve observed and noted over the years of watching “the fights”, is the language associated with it, a language that seems to evolve all the time and one that may have similarities to other sports, but remains being unique to its own. I hope this book gives you the same degree of respect and appreciation for the sport as it does for me  …  J. E .JaGozza.


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