Feature | Issue | Premium | Jul 01 2019

Paul Dempsey – Pulling no punches

Renowned boxing broadcaster Paul Dempsey explains to Terry Dooley what life is like behind the mic
Paul Dempsey
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DURING boxing’s long relationship with TV in the UK, a number of broadcasters have been handed the baton of “The face of boxing”. Des Lynam earned it during his time with the BBC, Jim Rosenthal took up the mantle when presenting The Big Fight Live for ITV, and when boxing transferred to Sky, fans took the plunge, paid their subs, and ushered in Paul Dempsey as the latest face of the sport.

Always ready with the hard questions, the London-born broadcaster has also enjoyed stints with Setanta and now BT Sport. However, he told Boxing News that the acclaim he gets from boxing fans is at once welcome and bemusing given that, like Lynam and Rosenthal before him, he also covers a lot of football.

“Working on football and boxing is quite hard and quite unusual now,” he said. “When I started, everyone did more than one sport. It is funny to me that some people seem to associate me with one sport to the exclusion of the other – as if the other hardly exists.”


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