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On-air talent announced for upcoming PBC show

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Premier Boxing Champions has announced the on-air talent for its Aug. 2 broadcast, which will feature undefeated bantamweights Juan Carlos Payano, rated No. 2 at 118 pounds by THE RING, and Rau’shee Warren going at it for the WBA title on BounceTV.

The broadcast will be led by Fred Hickman of CNN Sports and ESPN, blow-by-blow will be handled by Fran Charles of the NFL and MLB Networks and expert analysis will be provided by former junior middleweight titleholder Austin Trout.

PBC Press release follows:

“‘Fred and Fran combine for more than 50 years of major sports event coverage and Austin will help put viewers in the ring with his current and fresh perspective. We are thrilled to assemble such an impressive and talented team of announcers for our Premier Boxing Champions debut,’ commented Ryan Glover, President of Bounce TV.

“Hickman spent nearly 20 years with CNN Sports where he co-hosted the country’s original daily sports-highlights show CNN Sports Tonight. He also served as an anchor for CNN/Sports Illustrated, a host for both NBA and NFL pre-game shows, a co-host of the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympic Games and a co-host of the 1994 Goodwill Games. Hickman moved to ESPN in 2004, appearing on flagship shows such as SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, NBA Shootaround, and NBA Coast to Coast and he has also hosted pre-and post-game shows for the YES Network. Most recently, he served as the sports director for WVUE-TV, Bounce TV’s affiliate in New Orleans.

“Charles served as a blow-by-blow announcer for more than seven years. He was also a studio host for NFL Network, where he contributed to NFL GameDay Final, NFL Total Access and Around the League. Charles was also the host of the weekly golf show, PGA Tour Sunday on USA Network, serving as lead anchor for studio segments during PGA Tour events. Charles currently serves as a host and reporter for MLB Network.

“In 2004, Trout won the U.S. National Amateur Welterweight Championship and after climbing up the ranks as an elite boxer, he won a Super Welterweight World Championship in 2004 by defeating Rigoberto Alvarez. He went on to defend that title four times, including a dominant victory over Miguel Cotto in New York. He is currently on a three-fight win streak as he works towards another world title opportunity.”

The card from Winter Haven, Florida, will also include Yudel Jhonson vs. Jorge Cota and John Jackson vs. Dennis Laurente in 10-round junior middleweight bouts.

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