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Don't look any further, you won't find a more insightful boxing analyst than former lightweight boxing champion of the world, Sean O'Grady. No one breaks down an interview in the world of boxing better than Sean. His vast experience in the sport allows him to get inside the heads of the brightest and best pound for pound fighters in the buisness. Sean will also analyze the big fights and allow the novice of fans to understand the ins and outs of the ring. Predictions, commentary, rankings and much more are at your fingertips when you decide to click and listen each week to Sean O'Grady's "Outside the Ring".
Former WBA Lightweight Champ Sean O’Grady serves as a broadcaster and spokesperson for a variety of businesses. With his father Pat O’Grady as his promoter and trainer, Sean was part of the first father/son duo to win a world championship. Twenty-six years ago on April 12, 1981, O’Grady defeated Hilmer Kenty in Atlantic City to win the WBA Lightweight Title, and when he retired from the ring at age 25, he had amassed 81 victories against only five defeats. Seventy of those victories came via knockout.
Long before he had retired from boxing, O’Grady began his career in television. In March 1980, he became an analyst and color commentator for CBS and ESPN. Over the years, Sean has also served as commentator for various pay-per-view bouts, FOX, FOX SPORTS NET, FX, and spent 13 years as USA’s TUESDAY NIGHT FIGHTS boxing analyst. Currently, you can see Sean on the very popular Toughman Contest featured every Friday night on FX. He also appears weekly on Fox Sports Nets Sunday Night Fights.
In addition to being a commentator, O’Grady also gives corporate motivational speeches across the country, released a boxing workout video, and is an Everlast Worldwide spokesperson. Working with EA Sports, Sean was featured in the video game Knockout Kings.
O’Grady was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993.
When I was a youngster I used to watch the Friday night fights with my dad. Of course, back then all the TV’s were black and white – color TV had not been invented yet. My dad would sit on the edge of his chair, punching the air and yelling obscenities at the fighters. A pity they wouldn’t listen to him!
This is really telling my age, but the two fights that I remember clearly were both Cassius Clay versus Sonny Liston. (For all of you fight fans too young to remember, Muhammad Ali was Cassius Clay until 1964 when he joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name.)
Muhammad Ali after all these years is still both canonized and vilified. Never before, (or since), has a fighter created so much emotion in the general public. He is an icon that will live on forever.
All of this explains why I am a boxing fanatic to this day. My son watched boxing with me, while I sat on the edge of my chair punching the air and yelling obscenities at the fighters. They didn’t listen to me either!
Boxing isn’t as popular as it was years ago, but every once in a while a good fighter appears that draws the public interest; I can’t wait until boxing once again reaches its proper place as the number one sport.
Today people’s idea of boxing is to have boxing bags in the garage or workout room and use them for exercise of all things! Boxing bags were created so those big, super-human boxers could practice beating the hell out of somebody, not for a lady to ‘exercise’.
Speaking of ladies, I also follow female boxers. Some of them are really tough; there is no way I would get into a ring with Holly Holmes.
If you are an aspiring boxer, you can get very good heavy bags at www.boxingbagstore.com.
How do I know this? Because my daughter has a boxing bag in my garage – for exercise.