The sunshine warmed the streets of Liverpool and glistened off the water in the docks, the city was playing host to the in-ring return of Amir Khan and the backdrop for the MC Academy Masterclasses. As I arrived at the Hilton Hotel for my appointment with Boxing Hall of Fame Announcer Mr. Michael Buffer. I walked up to the desk, stood there was Scottish MC Craig Stephens. Craig was announcing the undercard on the show later that day, we sat and chatted for a little while before joining the other finalists in the lobby.
While we sat in the lobby waiting for the man himself and heading over to the arena, we were introduced to some of the team at Matchroom behind the event, even Adam Smith from Sky Sports Boxing and the main man at Matchroom, promoter Eddie Hearn came by to say hi to us, which was really nice.
Outside the hotel, was a selection of impressive whips there was a personal minivan for us waiting, darken windows felt proper celebrity as we went over to the arena. We drove into the Arena, with tightened security, we were taken into the backstage area and into Amir Khan’s dressing room.
We all had a chance to sit and chat with Mr. Buffer for about twenty minutes to listen and ask questions about the role, how he does things, any tricks of the trade and how to be the next top MC. He explained… and well, if I shared it then you’d have had the masterclass too!
After the masterclass, he walked me into the arena and up to the ringside, he was telling me about how he felt boxing had changed, and some of the boxing legends he had announced.
What a privilege and honor to get to spend time with the Master of masters of ceremonies. I said that this was the MasterCard part of the competition, to talk ‘shop’ with, to be tutored by the man who every MC aspires to follow in the footsteps of, it’s a prize that is priceless.
I’m really grateful for the opportunity and want to thank Matchroom Boxing, Sky Sports and JD Sports for organizing this whole competition and now really looking forward to the next stage and the challenge.
After our time together, we had only a moment before the van was to take us back to the hotel, so I ran off into the arena to grab this photo. the calm before the storm…a sold out storm!