Lt Dan on Trans-Tasman mission

Our own American resident, world-famous in New Zealand MC Lt Daniel Hennessey is leaving us for bigger and better things in Australia.


Dan Hennessy will depart New Zealand in March to move to Australia. The Joseph Parker vs Junior Fa event will be his final show before he crosses the ditch and resides in the Gold Coast.

Daniel Hennessey moved to New Zealand in 1998 to be part of the club scene as a DJ, under the stage name as DJ Danimal. Between 2000 and 2002 he DJ'd on promotions such as Radio Hauraki and Max TV.

Dan got his big break in 2003 when he started commentating with Sky TV for New Zealand National Basketball League. As a commentator, his biggest accomplishment was head commentator for the FIBA Under 19's world champ in 2012. He returned to Sky TV for stats and commentary for the Breakers in 2016.

Dan started ring announcing when he announced for a kickboxing show called Kings of Oceania. He got one of his biggest breaks announcing for 2006 World Grand Prix K1 before announcing on New Zealand’s first fight of the century, David Tua vs Shane Cameron. That is where Lt Dan the announcer was born. From here he announced all of New Zealand Boxing, Kickboxing and some MMA shows that were filmed and televised in New Zealand. Most notably he announced for all of Duco Events and King in the ring shows.

Hennessy has announced thousands of fights across New Zealand, Australia and also Samoa . In boxing alone Hennessy has announced world titles fights including Kali Reis vs Maricela Cornejo WBC World Middleweight title, Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz WBO World Heavyweight title, Joseph Parker vs Razvan Cojanu WBO World Heavyweight title, Geovana Peres vs Lani Daniels II WBO Light Heavyweight title, Geovana Peres vs Claire Hafner WBO Light Heavyweight title.

Before leaving for Australia, he will host a leaving party for his friend and fans to attend. NZF will keep you posted for a time and place therefore watch this space!

On behalf of New Zealand fight fans - we salute you and will miss your antics, energy and unrivaled style as one of the best to grace our shores.

Written by Benjamin Watt

Benjamin Watt is well known to all has one of the leading experts in New Zealand Boxing. He is a man of many jobs including, first openly gay boxing judge in the world, boxing writer, boxing promoter, boxrec editor, boxing commentator, Wikipedia editor and backstage event co-ordinator.

He has the nickname of "Mr Controversy" with his none filter comments he would usually make when being interviewed, on commentary or just peoples mixed feelings about him. However, despite this, he is one of New Zealand boxings biggest assets, one of New Zealand's best judges and have accomplished so much in this industry.

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