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Old 04-17-2008, 04:22 PM   #16
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I think bashing Duke is the popular thing to do. Let's face it, you don't need a commentator to know whats going on in the fight so its good when they can make you laugh. He made the Audrey=Skelton/Williams(1) fights more entertaining than they were.
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Old 04-17-2008, 04:52 PM   #17
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All the ****s on ITV **** me off no end, especially that smarmy jack of all trades master of none know nothing **** Rosenthal
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Old 04-17-2008, 05:04 PM   #18
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Old 04-18-2008, 04:50 AM   #19
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Johnny Nelson sounds as if he's trying to gargle whisky at the same time as commentate with all his "WWWWAAAAAAARRRRRGHHHH!!!!! WWWWOOOOOORRRRRAAAHHAHHAHA!!!" nonsense.

Gary Jacobs sounded ****ed off at having to be there when he was co-commentator for Setanta not so long ago.
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:17 AM   #20
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Ian Darke is great at calling everything - his football commentary is also very good.

Richie Woodhall may know what he's talking about but he comes across so boring and disinterested.



I usually don't mind Woodhall, but his calling of the Rees-Kotelnik fight was a bit of a joke (when you land punches on the opponents hips and elbows they do not count as "great bodyshots"), as was the scoring, with Rees only one point behind going into the last. It all ended well though, since Steve Bunce tore him a new asshole in the post fight ****ysis. At least I think thats what Steve was doing; Buncey speaks a different version of the English language that I find hard to make out.
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:21 AM   #21
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I think Ian Darke has to be the best commentator of them all, very informative, and knows his game - he is also very good on the football too.

John Rawling is a good commentator, but sometimes doesn't appear to have a good grasp of his microphone - can appear to be right in your front room, or talking through a soundproofed wall!

In terms of co-commentators, I think McCrory is the best because of his enthusiasm and know how, Johnny Nelson is OK but doesn't have a clue how to score a fight, and whilst Jim Watt is the best scorer but seems to lose his head at times.

I think all the team at Sky are excellent, such as Dave Clark and Adam Smith, whilst I don't know anyone who wants ITV to fail in boxing, Jim Rosenthal is a very good front man, whilst Barry McGuigan is obviously very knowledgable.

In terms of BBC coverage, Jim Neilly is a fair commentator, but the choice of co-commentators often leaves a lot to be desired. When covering the Calzaghe Kessler fight, they had Junior Witter, who seemed more interested in talking about himself than calling the action.

Richie Woodall is knowledgable, whilst ol'Buncey should just shut up and go away.
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:15 AM   #22
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I like Woodhall - he's very fair and gives a good account of the action,

Duke is ok but one of his favourite lines is "he's boxing his head off" LOL!!

John Rawling always calls the boxers by the wrong names, thats a regular.

Can't stand Steve Bunce, his voice and his personality, he's a tit.

Jim Watt tends to run a lot of british boxers down when they are fighting i tend to find
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:19 AM   #23
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Taff,

Good point about Jim Watt - I missed that totally.

Ricky Hatton has been past so many times I wonder how the hell he even gets through a training session - yet some kid with half a dozen fights is set to be our answer to Sugar Ray Leonard!
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:47 AM   #24
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No way is Duke McKenzie the worst, he can be utterly off in his own planet sometimes but other times he's fine and the comedy alone is worth it.

"He's gone, Jim! His legs have gone!" (stricken fighter goes on to win)

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McKensie's good. Rawling's over reaction to punches landing on the British fighter is ridiculous. One way traffic then 1 punch come back and he's "Got watch he doesn't get caught by too many of those".
Too true!
Much like the over-excitable chaps on Radio Five Live, Rawlings tends to make every punch the British fighter takes sound like utter death...even jabs.

I first heard Lewis-Vitali on the radio, and they made it sound like Vitali had literally torn off both of Lewis's arms and was beating him over the head with them. When I actually got to see the footage of the fight, while bloody and hard-hitting, it couldn't compare to the Bloodsport-esque destruction suggested by the radio commentators.

There's being dramatic, and then there's just over-stating things a little!
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:12 AM   #25
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Barry McGuigan's ringside appearances on ITV's Khan bills leave me wanting to turn the volume down when he comes on.

I practically know what he is going to say anyway with his pro-Khan comments.

He has really gone down in my estimation.
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:24 AM   #26
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Jim Watt by a country mile.Many a time Ive sat down looking forward to watching a good fight and that whiny depressing **** has put me on such a downer that I contemplate switching over.Any one would think he was Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali rolled into one the way he puts fighters down.
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:43 AM   #27
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Much like the over-excitable chaps on Radio Five Live, Rawlings tends to make every punch the British fighter takes sound like utter death...even jabs.
They made Hamed-Medina sound like the thriller in manilla.
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Old 04-18-2008, 10:38 AM   #28
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There was a Junior Witter fight as well not that long ago that was particularly outstanding...just a total jabfest but it sounded so exciting...gonna have to check that up on Boxrec a second.

EDIT - Yeah, it was the DeMarcus Corley fight. As said with Rawlings, every odd hook Corley was able to land, the Five Live guys made them sound awesome wheras it was really a fairly quiet night's work for Witter.

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Old 04-18-2008, 10:56 AM   #29
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That was a shocking fight - I fell asleep watching it!
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Old 04-18-2008, 02:55 PM   #30
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I can't imagine what it would've been like if Five Live had been covering Hagler - Hearns...they would've all spontaneously combusted.
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