Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Harry Carpenter, the BBC's Voice of Boxing, Dies at 84

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Harry Carpenter, the BBC's Voice of Boxing, Dies at 84

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Byline: Matthew Beard Sports News Correspondent

BBC boxing commentator Harry Carpenter has died at the age of 84, it was announced today.

Carpenter was the BBC's voice of boxing for almost half a century after joining the corporation in 1949, when he started commentating on the sport.

Known for his double act with British boxing great Frank Bruno -- whose catchphrase was "Know what I mean, Arry" -- Carpenter also presented Sportsnight and Grandstand.

He was a regular Sports Personality of the Year co-host throughout the Seventies and Eightiesand also covered rowing, tennis and golf.

In 1989 Carpenter, known for his intimate broadcasting style, received American Sportscasters' Association and International Sportscaster of the Year awards. He retired in 1994 and died in his sleep at King's College Hospital in London early on Saturday. A spokesman for Bruno said he was upset and shocked by the news.

Carpenter, who also wrote for the Daily Mail as a younger man, was on air for the "Rumble in the Jungle" between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) in 1974. …

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