NEW YORK – SHOWTIME, the longest-tenured network covering the sport of boxing, has assembled an all-star team of International Boxing Hall of Famers, versatile combat sports personalities, and high-profile sports media commentators to present the blockbuster SHOWTIME PPV® event headlined by Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley on Sunday, August 29, (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.
Veteran sportscaster Brian Custer will host the telecast with special guest commentators Logan Paul and newly crowned BELLATOR MMA featherweight world champion AJ McKee. The most versatile voice in combat sports Mauro Ranallo, and International Boxing Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein will call the action at ringside. Leading mixed martial arts journalist Ariel Helwani will serve as a special guest analyst at ringside and handle in-ring post-fight interviews.
Barstool Sports President Dave “El Presidente” Portnoy and the host of its hit podcast Pardon My TakeDan “Big Cat” Katz will join the team as part of a unique and fully integrated sponsorship from Barstool Sportsbook, the official sports betting partner of the event. In addition to the exclusive category sponsorship and the in-arena and telecast branding, Barstool Sportsbook will have a branded desk on the set in the arena, and Barstool’s two most popular personalities Portnoy and Big Cat will host sports betting segments throughout the telecast.
Multi-faceted TV personality and MMA reporter Phoenix Carnevale will serve as a roving reporter, providing behind-the-scenes access to the event and pre-fight interviews with the fighters and celebrities in attendance. The in-ring announcer will be International Boxing Hall of Famer Jimmy Lennon Jr. who will be backed up by Cleveland’s own nationally renowned electronic dance music artist E-V who will spin music in the arena.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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