PROMOTER - MATCHMAKER - RING ANNOUNCER
Jerry Hoffman graduated from Cal State Northridge with a degree in Radio-TV-Film
in 1973. He was the play by play voice for Matador Baseball, Football and
Basketball as broadcaster for CSUN-Radio. During those years, Jerry also
broadcast many blow by blow bouts featuring "Schoolboy" (a moniker Hoffman
coined) Bobby Chacon who was also a student at CSUN.
Chacon's pro bouts with Ruben Oliveros, Chu Chu Castilla, Tury Pineda, Danny
"Little Red" Lopez and others were broadcast live on the campus radio station.
Most of the fights were Main Events on Don Chargin Promotions. Upon graduation,
Jerry left Southern California and headed north with resume, stopping at Radio
and TV stations along the way. His first commercial job as a professional
sportscaster was at KRML in Carmel. KIDD in Monterey was his next stop,
announcing news, sports and play by play broadcasts of minor league baseball in
In 1979, Jerry accepted a position at KKAP-Radio (later becoming KMFO
and KNZS) throughout the 1980's, performing in all operations from Sales Manager
to Sportstalk host. Jerry's re-entry into the boxing world came as a result of
interviewing a promoter and his heavyweight boxers in studio in the mid-80's.
The promoter (Gary Sullenger) invited Hoffman to be the guest ring announcer at
that upcoming show. As a result, Jerry was hired for all of that promoter's
events which evolved into work for other shows including ESPN broadcasts of
boxing and kickboxing.
The experience of ring announcing dozens of shows over the years was the
springboard in becoming a promoter and matchmaker. In 1992, Hoffman created
SHAKEDOWN IN QUAKETOWN in Santa Cruz and promoted successful shows through 1996
which featured Sugar Shane Mosley twice, an epic match between two other future
World Champions James Page and Stevie Johnston and most of Northern California's
top talent at the time. Jerry's most important contribution perhaps was
involving a women's bout in every promotion from 1993 through 2007, showcasing
the talent of future World Champions
Mary Ann Almager,
West and many others.
In 1996 the boxing series moved to Monterey and became "RIOT AT THE HYATT"
with 10 years of consecutive sold out shows, featuring the top local talent,
women prospects, and several more World Champions including Robert "The Ghost"
Guerrero and Nonito Donaire. When the California State Athletic Commission hired
Armando Garcia as Executive Director, coupled with the economy going south, the
series came to an end in October of 2007.
Jerry Hoffman is now back to his roots as a journalist producing video blogs
covering boxing as well as skiing, golf, cycling and other sports. He also is
involved with a community project in Costa Rica called MarVista, and is an
advocate for Mountain Rider Alliance which is a movement toward a minimalistic
approach for ski area development worldwide. He is also president of the North
America Snowsports Journalist Association for the West region. Jerry is a devout
skier, still plays baseball (hardball) in an over 25 league and is active in
other sports as well. His company is 12 Sports Productions, which includes
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