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Check Out Antonio Perkins’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Antonio Perkins. 

Hi Antonio, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I have always had an interest in public speaking. I’ve grown up being a fan of all sports. But having the privilege to announce for Boxing, MMA, indoor arena professional football, tattoo beauty pageants, all has been quite the journey. 

In 2003 I began announcing for a wrestling company called PCW (Professional Championship Wrestling) I began with what was called Uncut, and armature wrestling event for those breaking into the business. The shows took place on Friday evenings. Attendance would range from 50 people to 2. There wasn’t the glamor or bright lights, it was meant for learning the basics, in hopes of making it to the Saturday night show live on UPN, a local network in Dallas Fort Worth. The house would be full, the lights were bright enough to blind you, and the energy was electric. I was able to earn a spot on the Saturday shows do to me filling in for our primary announcer. We had a show in fair park known as the freakers ball. That evening Marilyn Manson was the final act, and our wrestling company was set up as an attraction. I stepped in the ring in front of the largest crowd in my life at the time. Afterwards, the owners said, welcome to show! I later earned a spot after wrestling match to become the General Manager. We later closed up the company around 2009 and began our MMA company XKO. 

When we started XKO (xtremeknockout) I didn’t continue as a ring announcer, I transitioned into commentary, and post-fight interviews. As time went on, I was asked to announce our amateur series, and commentate as well. After a couple of years, I took on full duties as ring announcer, commentator, and post-fight interviewer for both professional and amateur series. The nights were demanding, but the rush was addicting. In the years of our MMA company, we have branched into hosting charity events both MMA and Boxing. 

In 2017 still continuing announcing for XKO, I was invited to emcee my first of many tattoo beauty pageants. Talk about shifting gears, the energy, crowd, format, and tone had to change dramatically. All I knew from years of wrestling and MMA was high energy! Well, this was about to be an adjustment. I found myself learning a new craft. Studying the stories, lives, and characters of these Contestants. I had to learn to redirect my vocal energy and perform a more intimate conversation style in front of the audience. What was once an aggressive preparation, to fight for your life attitude, became that of a warm storyteller. 

After the contests, more opportunities began to surface. I attended an indoor area football game, met with some of the owners, and was invited for a meeting. We discussed a few ideas, one of those had been the president of the Frisco Fighters asking me to announce the starting lineup to take the field and hype up the crowd. That had always been a dream of mine, to actually announce for a professional football team. Last season, it happened. I’ll never forget the feeling of stepping onto the turf in a full suit with a microphone in my hand announcing in full voice each of the players! That was an experience that I have never felt. So, throughout all of the home games, I had my chance to live out a dream. Now we begin to venture into next season. 

I received a phone call from a friend asking me if I was available to announce for a Boxing promotion. I asked a few questions in regards to a date, time, location, the usual. They said the event would be in two weeks. Yikes! Well, this wouldn’t be the first time to participate into a last min event. This would have been one of the best experiences in my life. Sure, there was the slight adjustment of a language barrier, my Spanish isn’t that savvy. The promoters simply asked the names of the fighters to be spoken in Spanish, no problem. With XKO we might have had one event every other month. With this promotion The Boxing Showcase, it was every other week. Very busy I’d say so. At this point, I believe I have had the opportunity to work with them for almost 7 events. Ranging the metroplex and down to Austin. By the way, I performed in Austin on a Friday and drove back to Dallas for an XKO the next day. That was the first time I had ever performed back to events. The preparation had to be intense, but again, you only become stronger when challenged. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Smooth? I can honestly say it hasn’t been smooth, there’s always a curveball, a last-minute change, or adjustment thrown your way. But that is what makes one a professional. Knowing 100% what might be ahead takes all the fun and adventure out of it. Some of the struggles came in the form of fighters changing at the last min. Or not having the information until 3omins before we are live on camera. I call it the early days, because now, with social media information can be as close as a fingertip. But in the old days running around in and out of locker rooms to find a fighter to learn how to pronounce their name in the last min, that can be stressful. Being told you’re going to include this information last minute in your opening statements. Lol. I remember walking into an event and having a loose concept of what I was supposed to do, but there were more physical struggles that I had to deal with. Exhaustion, fatigue, both can affect your focus and concentration. The goal is to put the best quality product out there. When faced with those obstacles, remind yourself why you love doing this, and the mind and body will find a way. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
At this point, I would say I am known for being the voice of XKO, and the Boxing Showcase. Working with these promotions for a time brings a sense of consistency. When fans attend our events, they want to see a show. And in order to do that, you have to care about the athletes you’re working with. There must be a respect. This is their moment and I want to make it unique for each one of them. Speaking in Public and being a public speaker hold two differences. One is me driven, the other is to draw people in. One of the proudest moments of speaking was to emcee a good friend’s celebration of life ceremony. While he was in hospice, he asked me when he passes to or castrate the service. To me, it was giving a gift to say goodbye to a man I deeply admire. His wife and kids gave their blessings. And so, it did make me proud to honor a good man. 

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
The path of my career definitely has not come by hands alone, I’ve been blessed to have people in my life who have opened opportunities for me. Lance Hoyt/Acher a longtime friend, who introduced me into the world of wrestling at PCW. Surprisingly through a simple invitation to an arena football game, actually turned into a working relationship with the Frisco Fighters. Thus, allowing me to meet Dave Windham and his working family. 

I’m fortunate to give credit to Aurturo Martinez for a phone call that landed the opportunity to work with Hector Vasquez of The Boxing Showcase. This door has allowed me so me to perform throughout the state of Texas and meet many iconic figures. 

This whole journey is a credit to Thomas, Chris, and Mike Bussey of PCW and XKO. They have allowed me to have an incredible foundation and platform for this profession. Thank you to Travis, Cole for years of support at PCW and XKO. Scott Allen Groff as close as a brother and Co-commentator. 

To my brother Mike Gonzalez, who has just about attended every XKO show to support me! My family, friends, of course, my mother who has been my biggest fan. 

And finally, to my wife, Shalee Perkins. She has always been encouraging by side. She has given confidence, and focus and had made every event enjoyable simply by attending. Hands down my wife helps to make this journey so exciting! 

Contact Info:

  • Email: Antonioxko@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Antonio_Xko
  • Facebook: Antonio Perkins
  • Youtube: Inside The Life Of ……with Antonio Perkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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