Daniel Hennessey (ring announcer)

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Daniel Hennessey
Born Daniel Hennessey
(1968-01-15) 15 January 1968 (age 54)
Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
Nationality American
Other names Lt Dan Hennessey
DJ Danimal
Occupation Announcer
Known for "Would Somebody, Somewhere, Make Some Noise!" Catchphrase

Daniel Hennessey (born 15 January 1968, Fall River, Massachusetts, United States) also known as Lt Dan, is a New Zealand ring announcer for boxing, kickboxing and other combat sports. He is known for his catchphrase, "Would Somebody, Somewhere, Make Some Noise!".

Early life

Hennessey attended Worcester State College. After college he joined the United States Marine Corps in 1991, being in operations DesertShield/Storm. Earlier, while a member of the U.S. Marine Reserves he had participated in a major Christmas Season 1989 fundraiser for the Vietnam Veterans Association of Cape Cod ( also known as The Nam Vets of Cape Cod) by standing at attention for 24-straight hours outside Hyannis radio station WPXC-FM. During the promotion he was only permitted a 5-minute break every two hours. It raised several thousand dollars for the worthy organization and made Hennessey a regular "honorary member" of the WPXC airstaff for several years to come. He went on to serve in the first Persian Gulf War. [1] He left the Marine Corp in 1993 and moved to New Zealand in 1998 to be a Club DJ. In the DJ scene he was well known for his stage name as DJ Danimal. During his DJ time, he was on Radio Hauraki and Max TV between 2000 and 2002.[2]

Announcing and commentating

Hennessey started working at Sky TV in New Zealand in 2003 as a commentator, mainly focusing on basketball for the NZNBL.[3][4] The biggest accomplishment of his commentating career was head commentating for the FIBA Under 19's world champ in 2012. Hennessey finished with the doing stats for the Breakers in their 2016 season.[5]

Hennessey started ring announcing at a kickboxing show called Kings of Oceania. He made a big break in his career by announcing the 2006 World Grand Prix K1. A few years later, he announced the event that will defined his career where he announced Duco Events David Tua vs Shane Cameron in 2009, which at the time the biggest PPV buy in New Zealand History.[6] Hennessey went on to announce David Tua's last four fights of his career. Hennessey became the main announcer for Duco Event's,[7] King in the Ring,[8] most of Joseph Parker boxing bouts and Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz.[9] Hennessey announced Parker's first World title defense and the non televised bouts of Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn.

Hennessey also announces local events including Benjamin Thomas Watt only boxing event,[10] Sam Rapira New Plymouth, Lance Bryant in Manawatu[11][12] and many more boxing events. His first world title he announced was Kali Reis vs Maricela Cornejo for the WBC World female middleweight title in April 2016 at The Trusts Arena.[13]

Hennessey most recent world title events that he has been apart of, is announcing for Geovana Peres vs Lani Daniels II, Geovana Peres vs Claire Hafner, both were for the WBO World Light Heavyweight title.[14]

Awards and recognitions

  • 2019 Gladrap Boxing Awards MC of the year (Won)[15]


  1. "Would somebody, Somewhere, Make some Noise". NZ Fighter. https://newzealandfighter.co.nz/home/would-somebody-somewhere-make-some-noise. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  2. "This week". NZ Herald. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=231916. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  3. "Photo of Dan Hennessey and Elizabeth Cambage". http://davelintott.photoshelter.com/image/I0000NXxw.hlEkXE. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  4. "NZ Basketball NBL Highlight Reel 2006 !! Dan Hennessey Commentary". Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQhCEpSi8NA. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  5. "INTERNATIONALS LIVE ON SKY TV". Basketball Hawkes Bay. http://websites.sportstg.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-3990-0-0-0&sID=81885&articleID=9738813&news_task=DETAIL. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  6. "David Tua vs Shane Cameron". Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiYRAYKxhb4. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  7. "Boxing – KFC Fight For Life, Hamilton, 6 December 2014". Photo Sports NZ. http://photosportnz.photoshelter.com/image/I0000XN.7pohqTrQ. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  8. "King in the Ring Trans Tasman 8 Man Final: Israel Adesanya vs Pati Afoa". Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MM0E74zuorE. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  9. "Joseph Parker Vs Andy Ruiz "WBO Heavyweight Title Fight"". Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE8VAOgZZPI. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  10. "BTW Announces NZ Title". Scoop. http://auckland.scoop.co.nz/2016/07/btw-announces-nz-title/. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  11. "Bryant will have to go the extra distance at Pahiatua Fight Night". Stuff.co.nz. http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/sport/80461338/Bryant-will-have-to-go-the-extra-distance-at-Pahiatua-Fight-Night. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  12. "Thursday night lights for Battle of the Belts boxing event". Stuff.co.nz. http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/sport/90410752/Thursday-night-lights-for-Battle-of-the-Belts-boxing-event. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  13. "Maricela Cornejo vs Kali KO Reis WBC WORLD TITLE MIDDLEWEIGHT". Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-PX58ob2-o&t=1s. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  14. "Peres retains World Title in first TKO of her career". Newsie. https://www.newsie.co.nz/news/163835-peres-retains-world-title-first-tko-of-her-career.html. Retrieved 8 October 2019. 
  15. "Gladrap Awards 2019 winners". Gladrap Channel. https://gladrapawards.weebly.com/winners2019.html. Retrieved 3 January 2020. 

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