Modern-day ring announcer
Joe Antonacci (ring announcer) (born August 9, 1960, Ridgewood, New Jersey) is a noted boxing ring announcer and emcee famous for his televised boxing ring tuxedo appearances on ESPN's Friday Night Fights, NBC Sports Network, HBO, Showtime, and GoFightLive.TV [</ ]. Nicknamed 'Generous Joe', he donates all of his ring earnings to assist injured and retired amateur and professional boxers in need, to overcome their disabilities incurred as a result of bouts in the ring, and to amateur boxing organizations. [] Antonacci also serves as a ring announcer for mixed martial arts fights and Ultimate Fighting Championship cards. []
Antonacci has worked for all of the major promoters in boxing, including Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, Don King’s Don King Productions and North Jersey’s Main Events, headed by Kathy Duva. His adventures as a ring announcer have taken him from Madison Square Garden to Macau, China, where Antonacci announced the first ever professional fight card in that venue, from The Venetian Macao. [] In March 2012, Antonacci was elected as a member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame [], headed by boxing historian Henry Hascup. Antonacci was also nominated in 2012 for a 'Good Guy Award' from the Boxing Writer's Association of America.
Antonacci is a graduate of William Paterson University with a B.A. degree in English. He resides with his wife Diane and two children in Ridgewood, New Jersey. []
Ring announcer Joe Antonacci has appeared as himself in four motion pictures:
- [[Lights Out 2011 TV series
- They’re Just My Friends (2006)
- Orthodox Stance (2007)
- The Challenger (2012)
Joe Palooka comic book
Antonacci owns the trademark to and has recreated Joe Palooka, an American comic book, formerly about a heavyweight boxing champion that debuted in 1930 and ran until the 1980s. A brand new comic book version of the character is currently being offered for sale online, created by Antonacci and his creative team. Palooka is reborn as an Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter. Antonacci's team has also created a sister series of MMA-themed comic books entitled 'Legion of Combat.