Celebrated International boxing Ring Announcer and actor, Michael Buffer has touched base with Nathaniel Attoh, who is largely regarded as one of his biggest protégés on the African Continent.
Buffer responded to a tweet put up by Nathaniel at the weekend after he had announced the first major boxing promotion in Ghana for this year in the midst of Covid-19 restrictions, on March 6, Ghana’s 64th Independence.
“Looking quite splendid Nathaniel!! I’m so glad for you the fans and the fighters that Ghana boxing has returned again in Ghana! Some of my all-time favourites come from Ghana, Ike Quartey, Joshua Clottey & the legendary Azumah Nelson,” Buffer tweeted at Nathaniel Attoh on his handle @niiattoh5.
The fight night put together by Box Office Promotions in collaboration with Ace Power Promotions was staged at the iconic Bukom Boxing Arena, and saw Michael Ansah defeat Sheriff Quaye for a second time in three meetings.
Ansah retained the national title via a 5th round knockout in what was also a Commonwealth eliminator.
Nathaniel Attoh’s exploits in the ring as an announcer has been commended by many with his smooth flow and sense of style.
He has announced most of the biggest fight nights staged in Ghana
“I’m greatly humbled to be recognized by the legendary Michael Buffer, a man who has set a global standard by which many will be marked in the center of the ring.”
Attoh’s first meeting with the globally-acclaimed ring announcer was in August 2006 at the forecourt of the Madison Square Garden in New York while he was covering the Ike Quartey v Vernon Forrest bout as a reporter for the Daily Graphic.
“Michael Buffer stood in the middle and announced the boxers one after as they took to the scales. I was in the midst of the journalists and photographers positioning themselves across to get the best shots from the weight in. I said to myself that’s the man. Unfortunately I didn’t walk up to him to say hi. I was focused more on getting my content on Ike Quartey to send to the Graphic newsroom back in Accra. I just had a feeling Michael Buffer will happen later in the future,” he told myjoyonline.com.
“About two years ago he liked one of my comments paying respects to him for his contributions to the sport. I was glad but this one is bigger and means a great deal,” he revealed.
Nathaniel Attoh, at the time, had not started his ring announcing career.
He was known more in Ghana for being a good boxing writer covering the camps of legends like Azumah Nelson, Ike Bazooka Quartey, Joshua Clottey and Joseph Agbeko.
“I pray we collaborate in some way in the immediate future. I will be grateful. Michael Buffer inspires a lot of greatness as a host. His powerful voice and persona has brought millions people along to follow the sport of boxing. And the decades of dedication to the sport are always worth celebrating. That surely inspires me to give off my utmost best,” he said.
As a boxing journalist Nathaniel has also interviewed some of the biggest Hall of Fame names in the sport and all relevant names and legends from Ghana.
“I caught Oscar de La Hoya in the corridor backstage after Joseph Agbeko’s second loss to Abner Marez. The interview was live on Joy 99.7 FM but was very brief because his security came and whisked him away like a baby while he was answering my first question. Earlier that day I had interviewed legendary promoter Don King.”
He has also interviewed Hall of Fame Referee Judge and Vice President of the WBA, Stan Christodoulou.
In recent times he has also interviewed multiple champion Emmanuel ‘El Vaquero Navarette, one of the boxers projected to become super star brands in the immediate future.
Citizen Attoh as he is known on Instagram and in showbiz circles, looks forward to expanding his craft in the ring to working with big global industry players including DAZN, Showtime and ESPN.
Already, he has announced some fight nights that have been beamed across over 30 countries on the African continent via pay tv giants DSTV Super Sport.
They include the Azumah Nelson fight night series, the Independence Rumble which featured former IBF world champion and the Commissioning of the Bukom Boxing Arena in November 2016 by the then President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama.
He has also announced fights for the likes of former IBF bantamweight champion, Joseph Agbeko, former IBF lightweight champion, Richard Commey and Isaac Dogboe, the former WBO super bantamweight champion.
Nathaniel Attoh is also one of Ghana’s biggest professional Masters of Ceremony/Event hosts, with an impressive profile of big events from Presidential dinners, through industry awards to musical concerts and corporate events.
Michael Buffer has at least 40 year of experience in ring announcing and has overseen the majority of the biggest world title fights and high profile contests in the last four decades.
He is also an actor and has expanded his announcing exploits to the NBA, Major League Baseball and F1.
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