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With his handwritten notes at the ready, ten-time Golden Mike award winner Rich Marotta delivers daily his fast paced, articulate and always entertaining sports updates. Since 1991, as KFI's sports authority, Rich writes and broadcasts seven morning sports updates on Bill Handel.
Rich's input on Bill Handel is not limited to his much respected sports updates however as Rich is often called on by Bill to give his unique perspective on news and current events. Rich also takes every possible opportunity to mention how much he loves the music of Bruce Springsteen.
In 2011, Rich received the high honor of induction into two Halls of Fame. In January, he became only the 26th inductee into the Southern California Sportscasters Hall of Fame. Then in June, he was inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame.
Spending three years with the Los Angeles Kings, 11 years with the NFL's Los Angeles Raiders and four years with the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers makes Rich the only sportscaster ever to have been a part of the regular broadcast teams of three major league sports franchises in Los Angeles.
Rich is a four-time Emmy award winner for his television work on KCAL doing boxing ringside color commentary and Raiders preseason play-by-play. Also, as ringside commentator for FOX Sports Net's weekly Sunday Night Fights, KCAL's Fight Night and host of Rich Marotta's Neutral Corner boxing talk show on AM 570, he is considered one of the nation's foremost boxing experts. It is no wonder the L.A. Daily News called Rich Marotta "L.A.'s most versatile sportscaster."
Rich was recently named recipient of the Sam Taub Award, given annually to the "Broadcaster of the Year" by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Rich has two children, Angela and Joey. He is married to the lovely "Helen of England."
This blog may contain profanity and/or material considered inappropriate. The views expressed in this blog are the opinions of the individual writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of KFI AM-640 and Clear Channel Radio.
In early May, I'll head to Vegas for a big fight card featuring Floyd Mayweather Jr. against Miguel Cotto, and then in June, it's back to Vegas for Manny Pacquaio's battle with Timothy Bradley. One of the great joys of big fight weeks is simply hanging around the press room, visiting with the boxing people who converge on the fight site. There are stories and laughs galore. Boxing, for all its faults, has some of the greatest characters and fun people to be around in sports. However, the ranks are slimming.
Over the past weekend, we lost Bert Sugar, a boxing historian and author straight out of Damon Runyon. Sugar died at the age of 75 from cardiac arrest, and in recent months had been suffering from the effects of lung cancer. Sugar was a fixture at the big fights. Every time we would do my old boxing show "Rich Marotta's Neutral Corner" live from a big fight, we'd make sure to have Bert on. He could put the fights into perspective not only because he stayed on top of the current game, but because of his knowledge of the sport's history. He was a wordsmith, and very, very funny. Bert was immediately recognizable in his fedora, with cigar in his mouth, and often wearing those awful plaid pants. Fans sought out his autograph and his opinions, and he gave both freely. Sugar loved it!
Not that long ago, I had both Bert Sugar and the great trainer of champions Angelo Dundee on my show together to discuss the book they had co-authored, "My View From the Corner". The stories were fantastic. Now they're both gone, Angelo having died just a couple of months ago. In fact, the past year has been very tough on the sport. First former Junior Welterweight Champ, and a frequent broadcast partner of mine, Genaro Hernandez died of cancer. Then we lost Nick Charles, the talented boxing blow-by-blow commentator on Showtime, also from cancer. After that it was one of the giants, former heavyweight champion Smokin' Joe Frazier who left us, followed by Dundee and Sugar. Every one of those gentlemen had a personal effect on me, other members of the media, the fans and most certainly the sport of boxing. The boxing press room will never be the same.