All-female crew to make boxing broadcast historical past


Crystina Poncher and Mikaela Mayer will make historical past in August — whereas standing exterior the ring as an alternative of inside it.

When Mayer and Poncher name the worldwide broadcast of the Joshua Franco-Andrew Moloney card Aug. 14 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, they’re going to turn out to be the primary all-female broadcast workforce to name a boxing match.

“We have each labored extraordinarily exhausting to boost the profile of ladies in our sport,” Mayer mentioned in a information launch Thursday. “And that is proof that our exhausting work has not gone unnoticed. I want to thank High Rank and ESPN for supporting the expansion of ladies in boxing and serving to us to interrupt extra boundaries.”

Poncher has been the primary undercard play-by-play commentator for High Rank and has achieved major card play-by-play on worldwide broadcasts. It will be Mayer’s second analyst job. The WBO junior light-weight champion was a part of ESPN’s Could 22 broadcast of the Josh Taylor-Jose Ramirez junior welterweight title combat.

Moreover Franco-Moloney, the cardboard will characteristic Arnold Barboza Jr.-Antonio Moran in a junior welterweight match and the skilled debut of Nico Ali Walsh, the grandson of Muhammad Ali.

“I am excited to be part of this historic night time within the sport of boxing,” Poncher mentioned within the launch. “I’ve all the time strived to interrupt by means of boundaries and be a frontrunner for ladies in boxing, significantly with regards to broadcasting.”

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