Boxing, Entertainment, News

Remembering “The Colonel” Bob Sheridan

By: Kirk Jackson

Legendary sports broadcaster Bob Sheridan has died at the age of 79 (April 2, 1944 – September 27, 2023). 

Affectionally known or referred to as “The Colonel” or the “Voice of Boxing,” over the course of his career, Sheridan would broadcast over 10,000 fights on radio and television.

Sheridan was born on April 2, 1944, in Boston, Massachusetts, after his parents moved to the United States from Ireland.

Sheridan graduated from Lexington High School and continued on to college (University of Miami) on a baseball scholarship. After graduating from college in 1966, Sheridan found a spot on a Minor League team called the Miami Marlins.

By his own account, Sheridan wasn’t very good at baseball and had only been brought on the team to fill a spot until a younger player arrived.

Soon after college, Bob started his career as an announcer. Some of his prominent accomplishments early in his career, include hosting games for the University of Miami football team and the Miami Dolphins.

Proud of and always maintaining a connection to his familial roots, Sheridan spent time during early adulthood, traveling between Ireland and Boston while managing a cattle farm in Ireland. 

In 1982, Sheridan went all in regarding his pursuit of sports broadcasting.

Circling back to some of Sheridan’s early accomplishments in broadcasting, “The Colonel” called many fights and events for boxing promoter Chris Dundee during the 1960s. He also hosted events for world renown promoter Don King, during the 1970s and onward.

Footage courtesy of Don King Productions, Inc.

Sheridan was also a part of some of the sport’s biggest events, such as The Rumble in the Jungle and the Thrilla in Manila.

Notable Fights and Fighters:

  • Larry Holmes
  • Ken Norton Sr.
  • Larry Holmes vs. Ken Norton – Heavyweight Championship
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Joe Frazier
  • Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier III – Thrilla in Manila
  • Muhammad Ali. vs. George Foreman – Rumble in the Jungle
  • Sugar Ray Leonard
  • Marvelous Marvin Hagler
  • Thomas Hearns
  • Roberto Durán
  • Lennox Lewis
  • James Buster Douglas
  • George Foreman
  • Hasim Rahman
  • Julio César Chávez
  • Félix Trinidad
  • Naseem Hamed
  • Floyd Mayweather Jr.
  • Bernard Hopkins
  • Roy Jones Jr.
  • Manny Pacquiao
  • Miguel Cotto
  • Jerry Quarry
  • Jimmy Ellis
  • Mike Tyson
  • Evander Holyfield
  • Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield II
  • Hector Camacho vs. Edwin Rosario
  • Wilfredo Gomez vs. Carlos Zarate
  • Wilfredo Gomez vs. Guadalupe Pintor
  • Wilfred Benitez vs. Thomas Hearns
  • Salvador Sanchez vs. Wilfredo Gomez

Legendary duo of Muhammad Ali and Bob Sheridan.

For his efforts and great contributions to the sport and broadcasting, Sheridan received his flowers while present on earth.

Awards and Accolades:

  • World Boxing Hall of Fame (2004)
  • Boxing Writers’ Association of America Sam Taub Award
  • Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (2012)
  • Voted Irish America Magazine’s 50 Most Influential Irish-Americans

Sheridan leaves behind a son, along with a large void in the broadcasting space.

Over the years, many fans of the boxing, me included, appreciated his talents as a commentator and found some form of comfort to match the side-by-side pugilistic action across the screen.

Rest in peace Bob “The Colonel” Sheridan.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Instagram

Can CM Punk save AEW?
https://www.thescopenetwork.com/cm-punk-headlines-the-collision-course-for-aew-on-tnt/
Can CM Punk save AEW? https://www.thescopenetwork.com/cm-punk-headlines-the-collision-course-for-aew-on-tnt/
11 months ago
View on Instagram |
1/9
We got it right 😏 #superbowl #chiefs #eagles
We got it right 😏 #superbowl #chiefs #eagles
1 year ago
View on Instagram |
2/9
Showdown between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall. For the full story, check the link: https://www.thescopenetwork.com/unfinished-business-claressa-shields-renews-her-rivalry-with-savannah-marshall-herstory/
#boxing #espn #Flint #America #England #women
Showdown between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall. For the full story, check the link: https://www.thescopenetwork.com/unfinished-business-claressa-shields-renews-her-rivalry-with-savannah-marshall-herstory/
#boxing #espn #Flint #America #England #women
Showdown between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall. For the full story, check the link: https://www.thescopenetwork.com/unfinished-business-claressa-shields-renews-her-rivalry-with-savannah-marshall-herstory/
#boxing #espn #Flint #America #England #women
Showdown between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall. For the full story, check the link: https://www.thescopenetwork.com/unfinished-business-claressa-shields-renews-her-rivalry-with-savannah-marshall-herstory/ #boxing #espn #Flint #America #England #women
2 years ago
View on Instagram |
3/9
The showdown between Mikaela Mayer and Alycia Baumgardener. For the full story, check the link: https://www.thescopenetwork.com/mikaela-mayer-vs-alycia-baumgardner-herstory/
#unified #boxing #espn #women #America #England
The showdown between Mikaela Mayer and Alycia Baumgardener. For the full story, check the link: https://www.thescopenetwork.com/mikaela-mayer-vs-alycia-baumgardner-herstory/
#unified #boxing #espn #women #America #England
The showdown between Mikaela Mayer and Alycia Baumgardener. For the full story, check the link: https://www.thescopenetwork.com/mikaela-mayer-vs-alycia-baumgardner-herstory/ #unified #boxing #espn #women #America #England
2 years ago
View on Instagram |
4/9
https://www.thescopenetwork.com/halloween-ends-send-off-to-a-scream-queen/
https://www.thescopenetwork.com/halloween-ends-send-off-to-a-scream-queen/
2 years ago
View on Instagram |
5/9
@teofimolopez @toprank @espnringside The Takeover resumes?
https://www.thescopenetwork.com/teofimo-lopezs-takeover-the-sequel/
#boxing #topgun #toprankboxing #honduras #lasvegas #espn #mexico #brooklyn #mma #ufc #laliga
@teofimolopez @toprank @espnringside The Takeover resumes? https://www.thescopenetwork.com/teofimo-lopezs-takeover-the-sequel/ #boxing #topgun #toprankboxing #honduras #lasvegas #espn #mexico #brooklyn #mma #ufc #laliga
2 years ago
View on Instagram |
7/9
Fresh off the press: Full Scope: #tmnt
#gamer #goat #turtles #ninja #ps5 #switch #green 
https://www.thescopenetwork.com/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-the-cowabunga-collection-exclusive-august-release-date/
Fresh off the press: Full Scope: #tmnt
#gamer #goat #turtles #ninja #ps5 #switch #green 
https://www.thescopenetwork.com/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-the-cowabunga-collection-exclusive-august-release-date/
Fresh off the press: Full Scope: #tmnt #gamer #goat #turtles #ninja #ps5 #switch #green https://www.thescopenetwork.com/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-the-cowabunga-collection-exclusive-august-release-date/
2 years ago
View on Instagram |
8/9
The Rematch: Julianna Pena vs Amanda Nunes II: https://www.thescopenetwork.com/preview-of-the-rematch-julianna-pena-vs-amanda-nunes-ii-herstory/
@ufc @kirk_jackson 🔥🦁
The Rematch: Julianna Pena vs Amanda Nunes II: https://www.thescopenetwork.com/preview-of-the-rematch-julianna-pena-vs-amanda-nunes-ii-herstory/
@ufc @kirk_jackson 🔥🦁
The Rematch: Julianna Pena vs Amanda Nunes II: https://www.thescopenetwork.com/preview-of-the-rematch-julianna-pena-vs-amanda-nunes-ii-herstory/ @ufc @kirk_jackson 🔥🦁
2 years ago
View on Instagram |
9/9