Monday 19 February 2018

BBC's 'voice of boxing' dies at 84

Harry Carpenter.
Harry Carpenter.

HIS distinctive tones provided the backdrop to some of the most famous boxing fights in history, from Muhammad Ali and George Foreman's "Rumble in the Jungle" to Frank Bruno's ill-fated title bout against Mike Tyson. Champions might come and go, but the undisputed voice of boxing was Harry Carpenter, right, who died at the weekend aged 84.

The former BBC commentator and sports presenter, whose career spanned almost half a century, passed away in his sleep at King's College Hospital, London, on Saturday.

His lawyer, David Wills, said he had been unwell since last summer when he had a minor heart attack.

As well as his commentary, Carpenter is most likely to be remembered for his unlikely friendship with Frank Bruno, whose use of the catchphrase "Know what I mean, 'arry?" became legendary during their numerous post-fight interviews.

The pair's close relationship was never more apparent than during Bruno's failed world title fight against Mike Tyson in Las Vegas in 1989, when Carpenter appeared to momentarily lose his neutral stance, murmuring: "Go on. . . get in there, Frank."

Carpenter once speculated that his epitaph might read: "They stopped him talking at last." (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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