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Miguel Iturrate has been in the fight business for the better part of the last twenty years.
One of the more successful matchmakers from the early days of Mixed Martial Arts, the mid 2000’s saw him expand to the world of boxing, where he has served as a matchmaker, judge, promoter and writer.
He is currently the Senior Archivist at The Boxing Channel and IB of P, and he is a periodic contributor to The Sweet Science.
Ray Flores has been around the world of combat sports for more than a decade as we enter 2017. Though best known as a in-ring announcer, Flores wears many hats in the boxing world. He emcee’s many of the big promotions press conferences and weigh-ins and he provides fight commentary on, doing solo play-by-play on feeds heard in English throughout the world.
Montell “Ice” Griffin
Montell Griffin may just be getting started behind the mic, but he has been around boxing literally his whole life. His father was one of the trainers on the United States Olympic teams and Griffin grew up around stars like Muhammad Ali and “Sugar” Ray Leonard, just to name two. Griffin was amember of the 1992 United States Olympic Boxing team and he went on to capture the WBC world light heavyweight championship as a pro. Now with the Boxing Channel, Griffin brings his fresh, in-ring experience to TBC.
Samuel “Kid Hersh” Rosenberg was born and raised in the upper Midwest. Always having a knack for boxing journalism he was hooked on the sweet science the second he laid eyes on Marvin Hagler via an old, dusty VHS tape.
This was further fueled by learning about his grandfather’s decorated amateur career cut short by WW2. Seeking more boxing by the day, Kid Hersh now lives to hit the gyms to get the latest scoop and attend events, whether big or small. If it involves boxing, the Kid doesn’t want to miss it.
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A quickly rising broadcasting talent, Marcos Villegas can be seen covering boxing and MMA for the boxing channel and Fight Hub TV at various fights and pre/post fight functions. Marcos’ work is extensive, consisting of various interviews and stories of his featured on Yahoo Sports, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, The New York Daily News among others.
Ranked at one time as the #34 most viewed broadcaster on youtube, his various interviews have reached a viewing audience of over 5 million. A fight fan in it’s purest form, Marcos also contributes his time to his own site, Fight Hub TV in his free time, HE can be found training in the cross disciplines of boxing, submission grappling, muay thai and MMA. Marcos graduated from Cal State University Fullerton with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and a minor in Radio, TV, AND Film.
He currently covers the fight scene in Southern California and Las Vegas, contributing to The Boxing Channel as well as Fight Hub TV.
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Steve Farhood has been around the Sweet Science for 33 years, most of which have been spent as editor-in-chief of “The Ring” and “KO” magazines.
Farhood works as an on-air analyst for Showtime’s “ShoBox” series, “Showtime Championship Boxing,” and the syndicated “Broadway Boxing” series. He also writes a column and features for “Boxing Monthly,” for which he serves as associate editor.
“My work on ShoBox has been so much fun,” Farhood said. “I love watching prospects develop, and since its inception in 2001, the series has showcased a handful of future world champs. And besides, what else is ever going to bring me to places like Concho, Oklahoma, and Lincoln City, Oregon?”
Farhood assumed command of “The Ring” in 1989, when London Publishing bought the title. “The Ring” subsequently regained much of the luster that was lost during the magazine’s financial struggle in the ‘80s. Farhood resigned the position in September 1997 to pursue other interests, specifically in the broadcasting industry.
In 1980, Farhood launched “KO” magazine.
A ringside fixture at big fights, Farhood has served as an on-air analyst for ESPN, SportsChannel, Top Rank Boxing, and “Heavyweight Explosion,” and regularly contributed to the USA Network’s “Tuesday Night Fights.” He also worked for five years as CNN’s boxing correspondent, and has contributed to boxing broadcasts on Fox and CBS.
In 1992, Farhood testified before Congress regarding boxing ratings.
In 1993, Farhood authored “Boxing: The 20th Century” (BDD Illustrated Books), which was released in both England and the USA.
Farhood served as First Vice President of the Boxing Writers Association of America from 1993 to 2008. In 2002, he won the BWAA award for Broadcaster of the Year; for 2008, he won the James J. Walker Award for Long and Meritorious Service; for 2010, he won the Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism.
In 2008, Farhood served as a consultant for an episode of “Law And Order: Criminal Intent.” In 2010, he appeared as an actor in episodes of “Law And Order” and “Lights Out” (on FX).
In 2001, Farhood organized and ran “Counterpunch!” a post-9-11 benefit that raised $50,000 for the Twin Towers Fund. In a career filled with highlights, he considers the benefit, which was held at the legendary Gleason’s Gym, his most noteworthy achievement.
The 54-year-old Farhood, a lifelong resident of New York City, lives in Manhattan with his wife, Marcia McCaffrey. Among his hobbies, he lists going to fights, watching fights on TV, taping fights, analyzing fights, reading about fights, and only occasionally, missing fights.
Farhood is also a former columnist for “All In,” a poker magazine.
Al Bernstein is best known to a national audience as the voice of boxing, first for ESPN, and now as the analyst for Showtime Championship Boxing. This Hall of Fame broadcaster is considered by many as the most recognizable and respected boxing commentator and is in his 30th year in television. In addition, Al has carved out a career of varied endeavors and achieved successes in radio, internet, movies, and stage performing and speaking.
Al began his professional life as a journalist. During that time he won the Chicago Newspaper Guilds award for best news story
On radio Al has hosted a nationally syndicated show Coast to Coast with Al Bernstein, where he interviewed guests from the sports and entertainment worlds. For four years he also hosted an award winning daily show, The Sports Party on ESPN 920 in Las Vegas. Al frequently guests as a boxing expert on sports talk radio across the country.
Al has ventured into the world of feature films and television movies and series for a number of appearances. His movie credits include, Rocky V, Streets of Gold, and Play It to the Bone. He has made two guest appearances on the HBO series Arli$$, and appeared in a Showtime movie Paradise and HBO movie Glory Days.
In 1980 Al wrote his first book called Boxing for Beginner, an Instructional Historical book on boxing. His new book 30 Years…30 undeniable Truths, about Boxing, Sports and TV, a lighthearted, but enlightening look back at his 30 years in broadcasting.
Al has now moved into the internet medium on BoxingChannel.tv, a website with an extensive worldwide audience that features Al as host and executive producer.
Through his company Al Bernstein Live, Al has criss-crossed the country as a speaker, emcee and spokesperson for businesses, associations and nonprofit organizations.
Crystina Poncher is currently a host for Boxing Channel and reporter for Top Rank Boxing, Inc. She covers various boxing related events such as press conferences, workouts, weigh-ins, and fights, as well as contributing original content to Boxing Channel.
Crystina was previously a reporter for Fox Sports Net, contributing to both Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket’s coverage of Big West college basketball and CIF high school football. In her role with FSN, she worked as a sideline reporter, interviewing coaches and players for pregame, halftime and postgame shows as well as making live in-game contributions. She also hosted halftime segments and produced feature content.
Prior to joining Fox as on-air talent, she interned in the production department at Fox Sports West & Prime Ticket where she gained valuable TV production experience. In addition to interning, she also worked as a feature producer and local reporter for El Segundo TV (ESTV), a city-cable station based in El Segundo, CA. While at ESTV, she covered various community related news and sporting events.
Crystina graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach with her Bachelor?s degree in Broadcast Journalism.
She currently resides in Southern California. In her free time, she enjoys watching sports, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.
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