Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Boxing announcer Mark Biero making comeback after sight restored

TAMPA — First, Mark Beiro lost his sight.

He could see when he went to bed July 11, 2003, in a hotel room 2,700 miles from home. But when he opened his eyes in the morning, all was a blur.

Soon after, he lost his career, too.   

Beiro was one of the best known boxing announcers on cable television through his work on USA Network and ESPN2.

He was even better known in Tampa, where he was public address announcer for jai alai games that drew thousands of fans a week and ring announcer for most major boxing events in the city.

He lived without sight for nearly a decade. Then he was able to arrange a surgical procedure in 2012 and his sight was restored.

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