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‘Get ready to rumble’: Legendary boxing announcer Michael Buffer credits Muhammad Ali for iconic catchphrase

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The United States produced a phenomenon in the name of Muhammad Ali who brought the sport of boxing to its peak. Everyone who’s ever laced up boxing gloves has heard of this sensational character arc. He reigned on the heavyweight throne three times and retired as one of the greatest athletes in any sport in the world.

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The real Spartan turned into such an incredible hero that he became an inspiration to people from all walks of life. But have you ever wondered that famous ring announcer Michael Buffer’s iconic slogan was also inspired by Muhammad Ali?

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Recently, during a chat with Ade Oladipo and Will Gavin, the legendary announcer talked about his trademark tagline “Get ready to rumble!”.

Speaking to talkSPORT Boxing, he said, “I wanted something to take us back to the stars of the show that are the fighters. And now you’re gonna meet the star and I tried, you know, manual battle stations and nothing happened. Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seat belts, and the great Muhammad Ali used to say I’m so pretty I’m ready to scold young man and so this little piece of that phrase was there I started to say ready to scold.

Notably, the all-time great was a charismatic leader. He was a phenomenal speaker who addressed public gatherings or boxing events. His booming voice had an infectious power and a reasonable tone. What differentiates him from all the lineal heavyweights who have ever entered the ring.

Michael Buffer on the other ring announcers

The 77-year-old ring announcer began his career as a ring announcer in 1982. Since then, he has tried unique phrases to grab the attention of spectators in crowded arenas and compel them to react. However, “Prepare to rumble!” is the remarkable phrase that has become iconic down the line.

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Michael Buffer described the old announcers as annoying and said: “The ring announcers were showing off everything tacky here to all their boxing commission buddies and buddies. And that would be the doctors and the judges and that’s in the age of electronics, it would kill the crowd.

“You would bring the fighters into the ring. It’s music, it’s exciting that they’re in the ring, the fans are on their feet, and then those ring announcers were like taking all the air out of the room.

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