Barrie Eget and His Platinum Voice
Barrie Eget is boxing’s next great ring announcer. Nicknamed “The Platinum Voice”, he has worked for on-camera fights including Championship Boxing, MMA, and Arm Wrestling for the past ten years. Having announced at least 200 shows and over 40 world title fights, Barrie has created a name for himself in sport-television by his charismatic personality and energetic stage presence. His passion for boxing began at an early age in part by his father Julian Eget, former President of the World Boxing Hall of Fame, whose passing led to Barrie’s decision to start his announcing career. Now performing center stage in honor of his father and all the fights they attended in his youth, Barrie announces with great enthusiasm to reach large audiences by the booming sound of his voice. “Boxing is my passion,” he said, “I love the adrenaline rush of big crowds.” His big break was on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights where he worked under famous boxing promoter Dan Goossen. The show provided Barrie with the foundation needed to grow in his career in which he would later branch out to other networks such as HBO, Fox Sports, NBC, CBS, and Showtime. It is Barrie’s future goal to replace esteemed announcer Michael Buffer, known for his famous line “Let’s get ready to rumble,” with his own slogan “It’s time to throw down.”
Being a successful ring announcer is all about preparation. Usually the day before the show is the weigh-in, where he meets all of the fighters and learns more about their record. Barrie spends the night before quadruple checking his notes for accuracy and perfecting his approach. It is then his responsibility during the match to present the information in a clear and unbiased manner so the boxers and officials are introduced properly. One of the most important duties of an announcer is getting the end decision correct after picking up the final scores from the judges. “You only get one shot at doing this, so it is critical to always be prepared and to expect the unexpected so you are not surprised,” Barrie said.
He is also the emcee for local charitable organizations including Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s and the Kidney Quest Foundation. He has helped raise money for non-profit Soroptimist International of Valencia as a Gentleman for a Cause, supportive of its mission to empower women and young girls throughout the valley. “I have great pride playing a role in local events and giving back to a community that gives me so much,” he said.
Barrie moved out to Santa Clarita in 1986 and is currently a Bridgeport resident. He raised his three sons up in sports, coaching them since they could walk. His oldest son Wyatt, 18, plays quarterback at College of the Canyons while his two younger sons Weston, 17, and Walker, 14, who both are quarterbacks for West Ranch High School. “My boys are my number one priority,” Barrie said. When he is not in the ring, he is supporting them in all their endeavors.
Photo by Kristina Alexis Photography
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