November 24th 1973
|"And In This Corner, Weighing In At..."
Boxing's most successful female ring announcer was born on a chilly November morning on the Detroit River at Wyandotte General hospital. only a few short miles from the Motor City, pre-mature and as stubborn as I am now I battled the croup and jaundice. From the beginning I was more than a hand-full! Mom says I wouldn't eat which is not a problem now. I weighed in at a scrappy 5 lbs. I was so little my dad put me in a shoe box.
I love my parents and I would be lying if I said their lives didn't influence me. My dad taught me to be strong and get back up. Mom taught me to have guts. I don't think two people worked harder in their lives. They worked hard so I wouldn't have to. I'm so proud of what they did and where they came from. You see my entire family is from Eastern Kentucky where I had the absolute delight of spending most of my childhood years growing up there. I couldn't wait to get in the creek bed, lug coal into one of the coal burning stoves, or hear my dad tell me stories about when he was a little boy. Think "Stand by me" the movie. For the record my dad is among the best story tellers of all time! I loved my hillbilly upbringing with the character and texture of our family history.
Really though, they left the hills of Kentucky and moved to Detroit all on their own. They got in line and interviewed to work at General Motors Corporation. My dad Morris retired at the age of 50 after 30
years of dedication as the Union Chairman for Saturn Corporation's World Headquarters in Troy, Michigan. My mom Freda worked long and hard hours sewing car seats. They put themselves in the path of opportunity and never quit even when things where really rough. I want my dad to know how proud I am of his accomplishments. In his thirty years at GM he never lost an election. I hope that that fact about him tells you something about me! He stood for something! He is what the Union is suppose to be. A balance between the rights of the workers and the Corporation. He taught me that your word is all you have and that integrity and character are everything.
|My dad's career in broadcasting inspired me
to seek out my own career in broadcasting.
|Amy makes a jump shot for her high school team.
Because my roots are in eastern Kentucky and I now live in Lexington, I was raised on Kentucky Basketball from birth. My first crush was Kyle Macy.
- I was a left handed short stop and third baseman making the All Star team most seasons.
- My middle name Faye is after my moms only sister - Faye Kemp who died of Cancer.
- Tale of the Tape 36-25-36
- My first big spokesperson/modeling job was "Miss Autorama 1993"
- I may not be a coal miners daughter but I am a coal miners granddaughter!
Thanks to all of you and the belief that I have a place in Boxing History.
I am now the first female in the boxing world:
- To announce a World Title fight.
- To work on Television regularly - Fox
- ESPN - Showtime.
- Sign an exclusive contract.
- The first announcer to appear in MAXIM and Playboy...now lets see the boys try that!
Special thanks to my new friends at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY for inviting me to serve as their Master of Ceremonies this fall for the De La Hoya - Hopkins simulcast!
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"The Lady Of The Ring"
Amy Faye Hayes
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