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Broadcast historical past will likely be made Saturday, Aug. 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as Crystina Poncher and reigning WBO junior light-weight world champion Mikaela Mayer will kind boxing’s first-ever all-female broadcast staff.
Poncher (play-by-play) and Mayer (colour commentary) will name the worldwide broadcast of the tripleheader that includes the third struggle between WBA tremendous flyweight world champion Joshua “El Profesor” Franco and former world champion Andrew “The Monster” Moloney, undefeated junior welterweight contender Arnold Barboza Jr. in opposition to Antonio Moran, and the skilled debut of middleweight Nico Ali Walsh, grandson of Muhammad Ali.
The worldwide broadcast will likely be out there to hundreds of thousands of struggle followers in additional than 150 international locations.
“Crystina Poncher is without doubt one of the perfect broadcasters in boxing and a pioneer for females within the sport,” High Rank chairman Bob Arum mentioned. “Mikaela is a pure behind the microphone, and boxing followers around the globe are in for an actual deal with on Aug. 14.”
Poncher mentioned, “I’m excited to be part of this historic night time within the sport of boxing. I’ve at all times strived to interrupt via limitations and be a pacesetter for ladies in boxing, significantly relating to broadcasting. It’s been an honor calling fights alongside many gifted trainers and fighters, together with Brian McIntyre, Chris Algieri and Manny Robles. And now, with world champion Mikaela Mayer becoming a member of me on the broadcast desk, it’s an necessary second not solely in my profession however for boxing generally.”
Mayer added, “I’m past honored to be sitting alongside Crystina Poncher as the primary feminine broadcast staff in boxing historical past. We’ve each labored extraordinarily onerous to lift the profile of ladies in our sport, and that is proof that our onerous work has not gone unnoticed. I wish to thank High Rank and ESPN for supporting the expansion of ladies in boxing and serving to us to interrupt extra boundaries.”
Poncher joined High Rank as a bunch and reporter in 2010 and made her colour commentary debut in 2013. In March 2019, she turned solely the second girl — following Claudia Trejos in 2010 — to deal with play-by-play by duties on a boxing broadcast. Six months later, she turned the full-time play-by-play commentator for High Rank undercard broadcasts on ESPN+ and most important card worldwide broadcasts. Poncher additionally serves as a roving reporter for ESPN’s dwell boxing protection and is at the moment boxing’s solely feminine play-by-play commentator. A local of Costa Mesa, California, Poncher beforehand labored as a bunch for NFL Community and NFL.com from 2013-2016.
Mayer (15-0, 5 KOs), a 2016 U.S. Olympian from Los Angeles, is rated as one of many world’s prime pound-for-pound boxers. She captured the WBO junior light-weight world title final October over longtime champion Ewa Brodnicka and defended her belt June 19 with a one-sided resolution over former two-weight world champion Erica Farias. Mayer made her broadcast debut Might 22 as a visitor analyst for ESPN on the undercard of the undisputed junior welterweight title showdown between Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez. She is going to proceed to tug double obligation as she readies for a late 2021 title unification showdown in opposition to IBF world champion Maïva Hamadouche.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Government Author, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a ardour for Fight Sports activities and likewise a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s additionally a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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