Harry Carpenter has died at the age of 84.
Carpenter was the BBC’s voice of boxing for almost half a century after joining the corporation in 1949, when he first began commentating on the sport.
Known for his double act with British boxing great Frank Bruno, Carpenter also presented Sportsnight, Grandstand and Sports Personality of the Year.
He retired in 1994 and died in his sleep at King’s College Hospital in London in the early hours of Saturday.
Harry Carpenter interviews a Young Cassius Clay in New York
For many of us, he was as much as part of the sport as anyone or anything.
We will all remember his banter with Frank Bruno and Harry commentating on all his fights on his rise to the top.
They were a real comedy double act – just like Laurel and Hardy or Morecambe and Wise – and their post-fight interviews were as entertaining as the fights.
Bruno loved Harry and his catchphrase “You know what I mean ‘Arry” was born from those interviews.
Much of Bruno’s mass appeal was down to those interviews and the nation revelled in the wisecracks between them.
Anyone who loved boxing will be saddened by his death and with his passing we have lost another one of our great broadcasting legends.