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40 years of experience including work with The Ring magazine, World Boxing Board, Boxing Digest, Boxing Illustrated, Banner Promotions, publisher of Boxing Prospects magazine, Boxing Writer of the Year (WBB,) Twice voted boxing photographer of the year, photographer for Fox Sports Beyond the Glory - the Roberto Duran Story, author of Looking for Jimmy Wilde, The Last Round, Heart of a Champion, Punch Drunk, and author of 12 novels. Have worked with Benny Georgino, Don King, Bob Arum, was the road manager for Roberto Duran, and helped bring Ricky Hatton to the US. - "If you can't take my jabs, you're in the wrong business!"
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Pacific Northwest Boxing (PNB) Promotions:
Brawl at Harmony Hall 4 - Olympia, Wa. June 24
Brawl at Harmony Hall 5 - TBD - October 14
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Battle at the Boat - March 18
Guesthouse Inn, Kalispell Mt. - March 18
Shrine Auditorium - Billings, Mt - March 25
Battle at the Boat 111 - Tacoma - June 3
Battle at the Boat 112 - Tacoma - September 9
Battle at the Boat 113 - Tacoma - November 18
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CLEARWATER CASINO LIVE BOXING "RAGE IN THE RING" OCTOBER 15 - IDAHO
TO THOSE WHO ALSO SERVE
When the crowd hears the deep, firm, and confident voice of ring announcer Kenny Davis, they know the boxing or MMA action is about to begin at the Emerald Queen Casino, in Tacoma, Washington. Davis represents action at the Emerald Queen and Brian Halquist Promotions events.
A Washington native, he was born in Seattle and raised in Olympia. Even as a boy he was a fan of Pro Wrestling. Because of his small stature most sports were out of his reach so he became spectator and fan. What he lacked in size he more than made up for in his clear and concise voice. That voice landed him a job as P.A. announcer for baseball. MMA was on the upswing and Davis accepted a job for the events in Bellingham. He continued to announce there for three years.
Davis is not one to brag or bring attention to himself and he credits Cody Houston, Harrison Bevins, and Brian Halquist for his recent success. He and his wife Jess have been married four years and have just had a daughter.
He takes his job very seriously and is always impeccably dressed and thoroughly briefed on the evening's event - a consummate professional.
"I try and serve the fighters and the show," he says, "and try not to bring attention to myself." With such a commanding voice that is almost impossible. He may be the best ring announcer in the Northwest.
Photographer Ernie Sapiro - ERNIESAPIRO.COM
Photographer Ernie Sapiro was practically born and raised in a photographic darkroom. His father was a successful advertising photographer in New York and Ernie spent his time learning classical developing and photographic techniques, especially lighting.
After the family moved to Seattle it was only natural that Ernie open his own studio where he also shot sports. Musicians were another speciality and he recently had a successful show "Musicians" in Settle featuring over 200 prints.
While shooting a CBS feature on KZOK personality Danny Bonaduce, who had just been hired by Brian Halquist to announce his "Battle at the Boat" series, Ernie accepted the job as official photographer for the fights. He is a regular feature at ringside for all the boxing matches and MMA events.
Ring Announcer Barrie Eget www.barrieeget.com
Move over Michael Buffer, Barrie Eget wants your job. Of course, since you are a man he admires he is willing to wait until you retire. Eget might be new to ring announcing but he is not new to boxing. His father was with the World Boxing Hall of Fame and started dragging Eget to fights almost as soon as he could hit a speed bag. Breaking into the world of ring announcing is not easy but Eget has always been determined. Having a great, deep, clear, voice, and a decent personality that comes across the television helps. He has already done 15 shows for ESPN and has freelanced for HBO, Showtime, and Fox Sports.
Being a ring announcer is more than just standing in the ring and running your mouth. The day before the match Get must attend the weigh-in and place the bouts in order. Because fighters come from all over the world he talks to each one personally and learns how to pronounce their names. He practices these names in the evening and before the fights.
He waited for the queues from the television director before he announces the fighters. He must talk at a reasonable pace so he can be understood. After each bout he must read the scores, if it has not been a knockout, and announce them in order to maintain a certain amount of suspense. If bouts are delayed a good sense of ad-libbing is important. Eget does all of this well. At the moment the most famous tag line is Burrer's "Let's get ready to rumble." Someday it might be Eget's. "It's time to throw down."
Photography and boxing have always been roommates. The history started with posed shots because any kind of action was impossible due to the technology of the day. Eventually, with the advent of faster films and flash bulbs, boxers start to line the ring apron with 4X5 press cameras, flash bulbs, and a single shot at a time. Enter the 35mm camera and the action started to heat up. When the auto winder came into play photographers had a chance to get action shots like never before. At big fights many photographers brought several cameras and an assistant to constantly reload them. Master photographers now started to emerge like Tom Casino and Shane Sims. Now the digital age has arrived and with it an endless number of people who claim to be photographers although they seem to know very little about it. They are really videographers. They just push the button on their cameras and hope, by shooting thousands of pictures, they might get one or two good ones. Older photographers find this disrespectful to the art.
Occasionally a real professional emerges. Brittini Moten is just such a photographer. She knows her business and does it well. She also knows how to use all the electronics now available to photographers. She not only shoots the fights but, between rounds, uploads and publishes the pictures to various media. It is comforting to know that boxing photographing is being left to someone so capable.