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ESPN Throws More Punches with New Boxing Show

Jan. 14, 2009

Daniel Soussa--HispanicBusiness.com

Boxing, Espn Deports, Golpe, Barrera

ESPN Deportes today announced changes to its boxing scheduling, with a new program called Golpe a Golpe, which will broadcast weekly live news and analysis of fights. Marco Antonio Barrera, seven-time boxing world champion in three weight classes, will be co-hosting the show.

"We are proud to add Marco Antonio, a boxing legend and hero for millions of fans, to our commentator lineup. His experience will bring instant credibility to the show," said Chris Calcinari, vice president of production and operations for ESPN Deportes, ESPN International.

Golpe a Golpe (Blow by Blow) is set to lace up the gloves and start battle Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. ET with a live 30-minute program co-hosted by Barrera and SportsCenter's Jorge Eduardo Sanchez. The show is not limited to a television audience and will air on radio, online and wireless media outlets. In addition, ESPNdeportes.com is designing a page specifically dedicated to the program, featuring weekly blogs, chats and video segments with Barrera for online viewing only. ESPN Deportes even has a mobile program available that will provide blogs, videos and audio podcasts of the shows. This is the first show to be broadcast by ESPN Deportes dedicated solely to boxing.

"Boxing is one of the most popular sports among Hispanics, and with this program, we hope to fill the void for consistent boxing news and information," said ESPN Deportes General Manager Lino Garcia. The new program will allow Hispanics to follow the sport they enjoy and fill a gap in boxing programs that was dealt a blow when Univision cancelled its boxing program on Telefutura. "This is the beginning of an exciting era for boxing on ESPN Deportes," Garcia said.

At the same time, the 2009 season of Viernes de Combat (Friday Night Fights) is getting buffed up with an integrated Spanish-language studio show fused into each broadcast. The show will be presided over by Jose Hernandez and Leopoldo Gonzales in conjunction with an in-studio analyst. ESPN Deportes' David Faitelson and Robert Sierra Noches will call the action from the ring. Viernes de Combat premieres Jan. 9 p.m. ET when Herman Ngoudjo and Juan Urango fight for the IBF Junior Welterweight title.



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