July thirtieth, 2021
Broadcast historical past shall be made Saturday, Aug. 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as Crystina Poncher and reigning WBO junior light-weight world champion Mikaela Mayer will type boxing’s first-ever all-female broadcast crew.
Poncher (play-by-play) and Mayer (coloration commentary) will name the worldwide broadcast of the tripleheader that includes the third battle 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 shall be obtainable to tens of millions of battle followers in additional than 150 nations.
“Crystina Poncher is among the easiest broadcasters in boxing and a pioneer for females within the sport,” Prime Rank chairman Bob Arum mentioned. “Mikaela is a pure behind the microphone, and boxing followers all over the world 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 by means of boundaries and be a frontrunner 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 vital second not solely in my profession however for boxing usually.”
Mayer added, “I’m past honored to be sitting alongside Crystina Poncher as the primary feminine broadcast crew in boxing historical past. We’ve each labored extraordinarily exhausting to lift the profile of girls in our sport, and that is proof that our exhausting work has not gone unnoticed. I want to thank Prime Rank and ESPN for supporting the expansion of girls in boxing and serving to us to interrupt extra boundaries.”
Poncher joined Prime Rank as a bunch and reporter in 2010 and made her coloration commentary debut in 2013. In March 2019, she grew to become solely the second lady — following Claudia Trejos in 2010 — to deal with play-by-play by duties on a boxing broadcast.
Six months later, she grew to become the full-time play-by-play commentator for Prime Rank undercard broadcasts on ESPN+ and most important card worldwide broadcasts. Poncher additionally serves as a roving reporter for ESPN’s reside boxing protection and is presently 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 high 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 determination 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.