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The Colonel: Boxing’s Ambassador

Through the Ropes Recap

By Marc Lichtenfeld

Last night on the nationally syndicated Through the Ropes, legendary announcer “Colonel” Bob Sheridan discussed what he views as his role of boxing ambassador to the world. “When I do a fight, my audience is 20 – 30 times the size of HBO’s or Showtime’s, so I always try to put boxing in a positive light.” Sheridan, who could be considered the Dick Vitale of the sweet science, added, “I have so much respect for these athletes who put their lives on the line. I’m truly blessed to be able to watch them and call their fights from the best seat in the house.”

Sheridan, who will be calling “The Big Challenge” Pay Per View card Saturday night featuring Tomasz Adamek vs. Michael Grant in the main event, went on to say that he thinks Grant will be much improved under the tutelage of Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, who he called, “an excellent trainer.”

Also, on the Through the Ropes last night, WBC and new IBO and Ring Magazine light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal discussed his victory over Chad Dawson and his plans for the future.

Pascal said he worked hard for four months to get ready for the best Chad Dawson there is. When asked bluntly if the man he fought Saturday night was the best Chad Dawson, Pascal admitted it wasn’t – but added that the result would have been the same. Pascal also strongly claimed that he was not hurt in the 11th round.

The pride of Laval Quebec said he’ll fight anybody, but his first choice is Bernard Hopkins.

Through the Ropes is hosted by Marc Lichtenfeld and airs live on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline Network and Fightnews.com. The podcast is available at www.sportsybline.com or on iTunes.

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