Al Bernstein is best known to a national audience as the voice of boxing, first for ESPN, and now for Showtime. He has carved out a career of varied endeavors and achieved success in television, movies, and as a live stage performer. In 2012, Bernstein received the highest honor in boxing by being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He is one of only a few broadcasters to be so honored.
Bernstein is considered by many as the most recognizable and respected boxing commentator for more than 35 years of broadcasting and serves as the analyst for Showtime Championship Boxing. Since May of 2003, Bernstein has worked on the Showtime Network.
From 1980 to 2003, Bernstein was known as the voice of boxing for ESPN. From 1980-1998, he was the analyst (and often host) of the Top Rank Boxing series on ESPN. This weekly series was a staple of ESPN programming, and helped propel the network to its current status. Throughout his 24 years at ESPN, Bernstein covered all the major fights for SportsCenter. In addition, his duties for SportsCenter included covering Major League Baseball, NBA Basketball and the NFL draft.
In 1992 and 1996 NBC reached out to Bernstein to be its boxing analyst at the Olympic Games. His work at those two Olympic Games earned him high praise from Sports/TV critics around the country.
Bernstein has also been on the telecasts of more than 100 major pay per view boxing matches, and he is the only boxing announcer in the history of the sport to have at various times fulfilled the roles of host, blow-by-blow announcer, analyst, and roving and in-ring interviewer.
His talents also have been featured on a variety of platforms. He hosted the syndicated radio show “Al Bernstein's Sports Party” and now has moved online with Al Bernstein's Boxing Hangouts and Quick Hits. He is also very active on social media and has nearly 60,000 followers on Twitter.
Through his company Al Bernstein Live, he is also sought after as an emcee, speaker and spokesperson for corporate clients, casinos and organizations around the world. His sports and boxing acumen has also led him into the world of feature films and television movies and series. His movie credits include, “Rocky V”, “Streets of Gold”, and “Play It to the Bone.” He has made two guest appearances on the HBO series “Arli$$,” and appeared in a Showtime movie “Paradise” and HBO movie “Glory Days.”
Bernstein began his professional life as a journalist and was a managing editor at Lerner Newspapers in Chicago from 1974 to 1979. During that time he won the Chicago Newspaper Guild's award for best news story-an investigation into illegal land deals by suburban officials. In 1980 Al wrote a book called “Boxing for Beginner,” an instructional-historical book on boxing. Most recently he used his writing talent to compile his new book - “30 Years, 30 Undeniable Truths about Boxing, Sports and TV.”
Away from his professional life, Bernstein is an avid horseman. He has competed in team penning competitions and served as Grand Marshal for a number of PRCA Rodeos. In the Las Vegas community, Bernstein has served on the Board of Directors of The Caring Place, a Las Vegas facility that was co-founded by his wife Connie, which provides free services for those touched by cancer.
Born: September 15, 1950
Claim to Fame: Bernstein is considered by many as the most recognizable and respected boxing commentator, with more 35 years of experience.