Ron Casey

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Ron Casey developed Australia's Seven Network's "World Of Sport" which was to run for almost 30 years, and "TV Ringside" which produced two World and four Commonwealth Champions. He introduced boxing to a huge new captive audience and was instrumental in making the Seven Network the undisputed leader in television sporting coverage for decades.

During his broadcasting career his international assignments included numerous World Title Fights and ten Olympic Games.

In 1984 he was awarded an MBE for services to Sports Journalism, and in 1989 was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to Sport.

When Sports Illustrated magazine named Lionel Rose "Boxer of the Year," they wrote: "There can't have been many Australians, regardless of race, creed, colour or sex, who weren't tuned in to the radio that night in 1968 when Lionel Rose won the World Bantamweight title off Fighting Harada in Tokyo. Even little children were allowed to stay up late to listen. All across Australia that night, people clung to radios as if the ringside announcer were Winston Churchill." The announcer, of course, was Ron Casey.