NEW YORK CITY, August 9 - The star-studded August 19 premiere of the Golden Boy Live! Series on FOX Sports 1, America's new sports network, which includes an action-packed card headlined by the middleweight showdown between Brooklyn's Danny Jacobs and New York's Giovanni Lorenzo, just got a little more star power, as the broadcast team for the event has been announced.
Handling blow-by-blow duties is veteran, award-winning commentator Dave Bontempo. He is joined on the coverage from Best Buy Theater in New York City by color commentators Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins and Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi. The trio calls the action live from ringside for FOX Sports 1, which airs Jacobs vs. Lorenzo, in addition to a welterweight bout featuring the Bronx's Eddie Gomez against Philadelphia's Steve Upsher Chambers and the return of Staten Island's 2012 U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne against an opponent to be determined.
The celebratory inaugural night of the new Monday night boxing series Golden Boy Live! will have boxing stars out in force including Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya, Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny "Swift" Garcia, former World Champion Luis Collazo and Newark's star Michael "The Artist" Perez.
Jacobs vs. Lorenzo is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and O'Reilly Auto Parts. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. ET with the first bell sounding at 7:45 p.m. ET. The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast will air live at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets, priced at $125, $60 and $35, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges, are on sale now and available for purchase online at www.axs.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849) and at the Best Buy Theater Box Office between 12:00 p.m. ET and 6:00 p.m. ET.
A winner of the Boxing Writers Association of America's coveted Sam Taub Award, Dave Bontempo has called numerous pay-per-view, international broadcasts and domestic events for HBO, SHOWTIME, ESPN and Madison Square Garden.
A future Hall of Famer whose stellar ring reputation needs no introduction, former Undisputed Middleweight and current IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins is also one of the most astute observers in boxing today. His knowledge and no nonsense delivery will keep fight fans compelled from start to finish on August 19.
Currently a member of the SHOWTIME boxing commentating team, former Two-Division World Champion Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi has drawn raves from fans and critics for his work behind the microphone. Having watched the rise of Jacobs, Gomez and Browne on the New York fight scene, Malignaggi brings particularly interesting insight into the Golden Boy Live! broadcast team.
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