Port Charlotte's Bob Alexander was always a boxing fan and in 1989 he convinced a Southwest Florida promoter to let him announce an event. The show was on a Sanibel Island tennis court. "It rained, it flooded. The sound system went out and I was forced to shout the introductions out from the middle of the ring. The patrons could not hear me very well and they let me know their displeasure by pelting me with empty beer cups and half eaten hot dogs" said Alexander.
Despite the rocky start Alexander continued to pursue his dream with an unwavering determination to be successful. "It takes a lot of prep work and I think that's the biggest thing that's underestimated. A lot of people think all you got to do is show up, jump in the ring and start talking and that's the farthest thing from the truth" said Alexander.
The 50-year old Charlotte High School graduate has announced matches in Madison Square Garden, Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and announced the first professional boxing event in Dubai. In 2010 he was inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame, Muhammed Ali and Don King were also part of that class. "That was just something that blew my mind and still does to this very day" said Alexander.
Alexander now works for Mike Tyson's promotion (Iron Mike's production). He calls that the biggest break of his career. "I'm kind of an old school announcer, I don't have a catch phrase like Michael Buffer does. Pretty much the one thing that stands out with me in peoples minds is the red bow tie."
Alexander's next event is on August 8th in Pittsburgh, it will be televised on Fox Sports One.