Born October 17, 1925 in London. Venerable voice of BBC boxing for over forty years, Carpenter covered his first bout for the BBC in 1949 and became their full-time boxing correspondent in 1962. He called ringside action from across the globe until his retirement in 1994. Among the bouts he broadcast include “The Rumble In The Jungle” between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman and “The Thrilla in Manila” between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
He is closely associated with England’s heavyweight champion Frank Bruno, whom he covered during his rise through the division. Carpenter also covered boxing for Sporting Record and, from 1954 -1962, was on the staff of the London Daily Mail as a boxing and general sports columnist. He has covered three Olympic Games and authored the books Masters of Boxing (1964), Illustrated History of Boxing (1975) and The Hardest Game (1981).
The beloved Carpenter, who was appointed OBE in 1991, died on March 20, 2010 at the age of 84 having never fully recovered from a 2009 heart attack.
Born: Oct. 17, 1925
Died: March 20, 2010