Who is Mike Costello?
Mike Costello is a British sports broadcaster. He is the main commentator for boxing and athletics for BBC Radio and DAZN. He took over this role when John Rawling moved to television. He provided the BBC’s radio commentary during the 2004 Summer Olympics, along with updates via his blog.
Costello’s first sports column for BBC Sport was posted on 20 February 2006, where he provided a live commentary investigating the effects of the mind from a knockout punch in boxing.
Mike Costello Biography, Wiki
Mike Costello grew up in Camberwell, London after his parents moved over from Spiddal in Galway, Ireland. He took a job in the BBC accounts department aged 16 and after looking for other opportunities within the company, ended up as a runner for BBC World Service.
With his boxing and coaching at Lynn AC came a desire to enter the company’s sports realm, and Costello would eventually take voice lessons and made his commentary debut at the 1995 World Championships.
Five years later, he made his Olympics broadcasting debut in Sydney and a career highlight came when his voice was a big part of the Games arriving in London in 2012.
A quirk of fate in 2002 led to his big break on Radio 5 Live, as established 5 Live commentator John Rawling lost his voice. Costello stepped in and never looked back.
Mike Costello Facts
- Age: 61
- Nationality: British
- Broadcasting Career: 1995-present
- Most Recently Heard On: BBC Radio boxing coverage
Mike Costello Wikipedia, and Career
At the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992, one of the local drivers employed by the BBC said to Mike Costello, “You sound like you’re on honeymoon with your job.” And that feeling is reinforced every four years Mike Costello said.
Beijing was Mike Costello’s fourth Olympics his first for 5 Live and he spent much of the first week at the boxing arena and then took up residence in the Birds Nest for the athletics.
Mike Costello trusted companion, as ever, will be Damon Runyon. OK, he’s long since “taken the run-out powder” but his short stories still breathe. His tales of Broadway and Guys and Dolls are a welcome distraction for a mind full of stats and sums. One of his characters once said that any contest between two members of the human race is an even-money shot. And that’s why sport, especially the Olympics, is so special. We expect – but we just don’t know.
Eddie Hearn has announced a mega money deal which will see him leave Sky Sports and promote exclusively on streaming service DAZN for the next five years.
Their shows will get underway at Fight Camp in the Matchroom HQ back garden from July 31.
And there will be an entirely new look and feel to the events, with a fresh talent and broadcast team announced.
Radio legend Mike Costello has been appointed as the new lead commentator.
Presenters Maya Jama and Laura Woods (who will remain as a host of talkSPORT Breakfast) have been confirmed to head the broadcasts.
Former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew and former WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee are set as pundits.
Plus former IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker will link up with presenter Chris Lloyd on the team.
The first Fight Camp show will be headlined by Conor Benn vs Adrian Granados on July 31.
This will be followed by the Kid Galahad vs Jazza Dickens rematch on August 7 and Joshua Buatsi vs Ricards Bolotniks on August 14.