DAZN and Matchroom unveil new list of on-air talent
This all-new team of on-air talent will bring fight fans all the action at ringside, starting with an exhilarating second installment of Fight Camp. Taking place in the beautiful Matchroom headquarters in Brentwood, Essex over three weekends – July 31, August 7 and August 14th – this fighting festival launches an unrivaled program for boxing fans and cements DAZN as THE global home of boxing.
In a huge blow for DAZN and Matchroom, British broadcasting legend Mike Costello will take the reins as lead commentator, leaving his role as the BBC boxing and athletics correspondent after 15 years. After covering seven Olympics and countless world title fights during his distinguished career with the BBC, Costello has established himself as one of the most popular commentators in sport today.
UK’s most talked about broadcaster on TV and radio Maya jama brings a new perspective to the team. Maya is a hugely influential figure and has presented a variety of flagship shows for Channel 4, ITV and the BBC on television and radio. Most recently, she co-hosted the BBC show Save our summer and End of year euros with the old one England striker Pierre Crouch. And she has also hosted numerous awards shows such as the MOBOs, BRITS and the BAFTA 2020 red carpet.
Former WBC Cruiserweight World Champion Tony Bellew is one of boxing’s best-known fighting figures following his retirement from the sport in 2018. The former PPV star has lit up stadiums and arenas across the world during a memorable career and has since continued to carve out a career as a media personality as well as a leading expert in sports.
Laura Wood joins the team as 2021 SJA Sports Presenter of the Year and one of the leading broadcasters in the sports industry. She is a regular weekly host on national radio and television, hosting talkSPORT radio’s Breakfast Show, one of the country’s most watched sports radio shows.
Former WBO Middleweight World Champion Andy lee remains one of boxing’s most prominent figures and holds a brilliant insight into training due to his involvement with Tyson Fury and Joseph parker. The Irish fighting legend has one of the liveliest minds in the sport and has quickly established himself as a fan favorite after appearing on BBC Radio 5 Live and many more.
Former IBF Middleweight World Champion Darren barker and expert analyst Chris Lloyd have built a great relationship since they started working together throughout Matchroom Fight Week. September 2018. Fighting fans will be delighted that the dynamic duo continue to bring together the entire big fight week and much more.
Joseph Markowski, Executive Vice President of the DAZN Group commented, “This stellar lineup of broadcasters underscores our commitment to usher in a new era of global boxing, providing fans with the best experience, as we roll out fights and larger programming on a scale never seen before. Each presenter will bring their own. their own perspective and style to our coverage as we take a new approach to this growing sport and engage existing and new fans. “
President of Matchroom Boxe Eddie Hearn said: “I couldn’t be more proud of this talent team that we have assembled for our revolutionary new project. The launch of Matchroom Media has allowed us to form a cradle-to-grave mindset from start to finish. end of our broadcasts, so we can deliver the experience of the live event to the viewer in the narrative and style in which we built it.
“It’s a real mix of industry legends and new talent that will give us the credibility and the energy to push this new era forward. Mike Costello has long been a fan favorite for live boxing commentary, and we are honored to welcome him to the team. Maya jama is now one of the main broadcasters and personalities of British television, and brings a new perspective to the public, as a well-known boxing fan and sports presenter. We can’t wait to get started with Fight Camp next month! “
Mike Costello said: “I have had such a good time at the BBC for so long that I always said it would take something special to persuade me to quit this role and I feel like it is something special.
“I love the energy, ambition and passion surrounding this new venture with DAZN and Matchroom. From black and white television, boxing was one of the most popular sports where televised sports thrived. We then moved into the era of PPV and satellite. For decades boxing has tended to move over time in the media landscape and I think that’s the next stop on that journey.
“The clearest challenge is that on radio the task is to paint the pictures, on television the task is to add to what viewers can already see. It’s a very different style of commentary but I have to bringing all my ringside experience to the radio This is for me one of the attractions of the new role which takes up a new challenge at this stage of my career.
“It’s a great chance for the big fights to happen more regularly and I look forward to being the voice in ringside for many great nights to come.”
Maya jama said: “I am delighted to join DAZN and Matchroom. I have always loved boxing and it is a whole new adventure for me that I look forward to starting. I hope to bring new energy, new flavor and a new vibe to one of my favorite sports and I couldn’t be more excited to work alongside such a fantastic, world-class team. “
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