Toronto, Canada– August 10th, 2006 ––The Fight Network TM North America’s first and only twenty-four (24) hour combatant sports and entertainment channel announced today that Mauro Ranallo one of the most recognizable play-by play personalities in the sport of mixed martial arts is joining The Fight Network.
Ranallo will join The Fight Network beginning in September as the station’s lead on-air host for its debut news desk show that will focus on the various sports of boxing, pro wrestling and mixed martial arts that air on the channel.
“This is a dream opportunity for me, said Ranallo, I have always had such a passion for combatant sports since a very young age when my parents first came to Canada and would sit me down to watch All-Star Wrestling out in Vancouver that later in life I got to actually be on, which really was my first foray into this business, now years later here I am getting set to host North America’s first 24 hour fight channel, from a news perspective it really is an honour,” he added.
In addition to hosting the news desk Ranallo will also host one on one interview segments with both current and past stars and emerging talent from around the fight worlds. Ranallo will also provide play-by-play commentary for Fight Network events and for some of Fight Network’s programming partners such as PRIDE Fight Championships TM from Japan, a leading mixed martial arts organization.
“Mauro is a very unique talent said Mike Garrow President of The Fight Network, we knew that by adding him to our news team he would bring along a certain credibility with fight fans who have become familiar with his work over the years, we are really looking forward to letting this fountain of information and knowledge loose every day on the channel, and I’m confident that viewers will find Mauro’s professional demeanor and passion for the various sports contagious,” he added.
Some of Mauro Ranallo’s career highlights include:
Beginning his broadcasting career at the age of 16 in 1986 when he was discovered in high school and offered a job with All-Star Wrestling (in Vancouver) seen nationally across Canada on CTV affiliates as a ring announcer and in ring personality as a manager.
Providing play by play announcing duties for Muay Thai/Kickboxing events and King of the Cage Canada’s Mixed Martial Arts shows for TSN
Became the voice of PRIDE Fighting Championships TM from Japan in 2003 until present in providing play-by-play commentary for all world -wide, English Pay- Per- View broadcasts.
About The Fight Network.:
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