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TV Commentator Kicks Cancer


24 August 2012

TV Commentator Kicks Cancer

TV and Radio boxing commentator, Mike Angove has kicked cancer both literally and figuratively. After being treated for and overcoming hodgkins lymphoma in 2011, the 40 year old former World Muay Thai Cruiserweight Champion is coming out of retirement to undertake a series of charity fights to raise funds for, and awareness of, cancer.

“[during my treatment] I saw so many other sick people of all ages ranging from 2 or 3 years old to late seventies, I have also met many cancer survivors and a few people who sadly are terminal as well. What stuck me through this process is that cancer can strike any one of any age at any time. But with advances of modern medicine and early detection in many cases cancer is not the death sentence it once was.

Having come out the other side of treatment I have decided to embark on a four fight schedule through the later part of 2012 to raise money for cancer prevention and to draw attention to the importance of knowing your body and early detection. I will donate all my purses and any sponsorship for these fights to the cancer society.”

Mike’s first fight will be at the “King in the Ring – the Ultimates” kickboxing event on 1 September where he takes on Napier’s Pane Haraki in a full Muay Thai rules bout (in which elbows and knees are permitted). Haraki is currently training in Thailand for the fight and will also be donating his fight purse to the Cancer Society.

With the demise of K-1, The King in the Ring events run by 6 x World Champion Jason Suttie have become the biggest kickboxing events on the NZ fight calendar and the Sky Sport televised promotion will provide a great platform for Angove to spread his message.

The night’s main event will be an 8 man elimination tournament featuring some of the country’s top super heavyweight kickboxing talent and including NZ fight legend Hiriwa Te Rangi whose fighting career has spanned more than 2 decades continued well past the age when most others would have been long retired. The punishing K-1 tournament format requires the eventual victor to win 3 fights against different opponents in a single evening and is a supreme test of skill and endurance.

The King in the Ring event will be at Auckland’s ASB stadium in Kohimarama on 1 September. Tickets are available from


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