Al Bernstein

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Al Michael Bernstein (September 15, 1950) is an American sportscaster, writer, stage performer, recording artist, and speaker.[1]


Journalism career

In the 1970s, Bernstein was a newspaperman, working at Lerner Newspapers in Chicago. He eventually became a managing editor at that newspaper.[2]

In 1978, he wrote Boxing For Beginners, an instructional and historical book on boxing. He also wrote for Boxing Illustrated and The Ring during this period.


In 1980, Bernstein joined ESPN as boxing analyst for the Top Rank Boxing series. He stayed at ESPN until 2003, and during that time he also worked as a reporter for SportsCenter, covering major boxing matches, Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NFL Draft. He also wrote and hosted the series Big Fights Boxing Hour for ESPN Classic. In 1988, he won the Sam Taub Award for excellence in boxing broadcasting journalism and in 2012 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.[1][3]

In 1992 and 1996, he served as the boxing analyst for NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympic Games. From 1999-2002, he was a sports anchor for KVVU news in Las Vegas.

Since 2003, Berstein has served as the boxing analyst on Showtime for Showtime Championship Boxing.

Al currently hosts an Internet Boxing Channel with Internet sports network IBN Sports.[4][5]

He has been Channel5's main boxing analyst since 2011.[6][7][8]


In 1988, Bernstein recorded his first album My Very Own Songs, with original songs about television and sports. He released Let The Games Begin in 1996. In 1998, he also began a career as a live musical performer. Since then he has performed at major casinos such as Caesars Palace, the Mandalay Bay and The Riviera, as well as many Indian and Riverboat casinos around the United States.


  1. ^ a b "Al Bernstein". International Boxing Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ About Al Bernstein iBN Sports
  3. ^ BWAA Awards[dead link] International Boxing Hall of Fame
  4. ^ Al Bernstein iBN Boxing
  5. ^ Watch Manny Pacquiao vs Ricky Hatton on Al's Boxing TV Doghouse Boxing
  6. ^ Channel 5 brings legendary Al Bernstein to London BoxRec News, July 14, 2011
  7. ^ Tyson Fury fight live on Channel 5, July 14, 2011
  8. ^ Al Bernstein back on Channel 5 in England Hennessy Sports, May 2, 2012