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The Aussie making a name for himself as a sumo wrestling commentator

Alan Jones
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Alan Jones is broadcasting from Tokyo all this week as the Rugby World Cup continues.

But it’s not just rugby that’s taking his interest, with Alan bringing his listeners a series of fascinating stories from across Japan.

He caught up with Aussie expat Murray Johnson who has made a name for himself as the English voice of sumo wrestling.

Johnson moved to Japan in the early 1990s and tells Alan he fell into the role.

“I had a sports background calling football and cricket and golf and all sorts of things.

“They were looking to expand the English coverage and they asked me a couple of times and I said ‘I know bugger all about this’.

“So I went away and learnt for a couple of years… and I joined in 1996.”

He’s also a racing commentator and shared his hot tips for the Japanese horses heading to the Cox Plate.

Click PLAY below to hear the full interview

 

Image: Sydney Morning Herald

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