TODAY'S COUNTDOWN BUILD-UP - 21/11/2012
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Primetime are pleased to announce the studio and commentary team who will be covering the return of ‘The Hitman’ Ricky Hatton on 24th November.
Leading the coverage will be Paul Dempsey; a respected sports broadcaster who has worked on many high profile events such as the 1990 World Cup, 1992 Olympics from Barcelona and was the presenter for the majority of Sky’s boxing coverage in the 90’s. Since leaving Sky in 2006, Paul Dempsey has fronted the football coverage for Setanta and Setanta Ireland, presenting every game at the Euro 2012 championships.
Paul will be reunited with a former colleague in the lead commentator Ian Darke. As well as being an established football commentator, Ian Darke has called the action for the majority of boxing on Sky and ESPN since the mid 90’s.
Having provided the narrative for a number of historic British boxing occasions, Ian has also been in the booth for almost all of Ricky Hatton’s previous televised contests.
Sitting alongside Ian in the commentary booth will be former WBC Super Middleweight world champion Richie Woodhall. Since retiring from the sport in 2002, Woodhall has carved out a career as both a commentator and a pundit for the BBC, Setanta and Sky. Most recently Richie Woodhall was pivotal in the coverage of the Olympic boxing at London 2012, calling the action for the nation as Great Britain claimed 5 medals.
Returning to the Primetime team will be Richie Woodhall’s Olympic commentary partner, Ron McIntosh. Fresh from filming the Ricky Hatton documentary ‘Road to Redemption’, Ron will be providing the ringside interviews as well as the latest from the dressing rooms as the evening progresses.
Completing the line-up are studio guests Paulie Malignaggi and Ryan Rhodes. Both will provide a unique insight into the fights and also Hatton’s career.
Malignaggi is the current WBA welterweight champion and was also a former victim of ‘The Hitman’ as he lost to Hatton when challenging for the Ring and IBO Light Welterweight belts in 2008. He also won his current title by defeating Hatton’s opponent, Vyacheslav Senchenko, with a 9th round TKO victory. To date Malignaggi is the only fighter to have beaten Senchenko.
You can order the card for only £14.95 by calling 08712004444.
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Tonight Channel 5 are screening a documentary on Ricky Hatton's comeback, Road to Redemption. It's late, 12.45am, but hear it's quality
PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW, 22/11/2012, 12:30PM, AT MANK TOWN HALL
WEIGH-IN ON FRIDAY, 23/11/2012, 5PM, AT MANK TOWN HALL