With Premier Boxing Champions set to debut on ESPN on July 11, the network announced the remainder of the broadcast crew on Wednesday.
Marysol Castro, who will be on site for all PBC on ESPN fights, will serve as the host of the show. She will also serve as a reporter on ESPN’s Little League World Series coverage.
"It is a privilege to work for the worldwide leader in sports, ESPN,” she said. “I'm extremely excited to be a part of such an energetic, smart and fun team. My years at network news, my love of sports and experience as an athlete have prepared me for this next chapter in my professional life. I look forward to bringing boxing back to the forefront of sports and since I never did get to play for the Yankees, covering Little League is the next best thing."
ESPN senior coordinating producer Matt Sandulli said, “Marysol has an energetic presence and is intelligent and versatile. Adding a professional with her vast experience will make our presentation even more valuable to the viewers."
Castro most recently worked as a news anchor at WPIX in New York. Prior to that, she had on-air roles on national morning shows: “The Early Show” on CBS and “Good Morning America” on ABC.
Also, ESPN’s Todd Grisham and Bernardo Osuna will serve as on-site reporters. Both provided commentary for ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. Grisham served as a studio host and handled blow-by-blow duties for numerous cards. Osuna also spent time as studio host and was an on-site reporter. Hall of Fame boxing writer Nigel Collins will continue to provide social media content as he did for FNF.
They will join blow-by-blow announcer Joe Tessitore and analyst Teddy Atlas, who were previously announced as continuing the roles they had on FNF.
The July 11 card (9 p.m. ET) will be headlined by welterweight titlist Keith Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) defending against former titleholder Luis Collazo (36-6, 19 KOs) at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida, Thurman’s home region.
The scheduled 10-round co-feature pits hot junior middleweight prospect Tony Harrison (21-0, 18 KOs) against contender Willie Nelson (23-2-1, 13 KOs).
The second edition of PBC on ESPN will take place on Aug. 1 (9 p.m. ET) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, where junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) will make the move to welterweight to face former titlist and Brooklyn’s own Paulie Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) in a scheduled 12-round bout. Middleweight titlist Daniel Jacobs (29-1, 26 KOs), also of Brooklyn, will defend against former junior middleweight titlist Sergio Mora (28-3-2, 9 KOs).