ESPN Deportes Adds New Punches to Boxing Lineup

In its continuing commitment to better serve the U.S. Hispanic sports fan, ESPN Deportes has enhanced its boxing-programming lineup with the launch of Golpe a Golpe, a weekly, live news and analysis program that will be co-hosted by legendary boxer Marco Antonio Barrera. In addition, the 2009 season of Viernes de Combate (Friday Night Fights) will premiere with numerous production enhancements, including its own Spanish-language studio show incorporated into each broadcast.

Set to
debut Friday Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. ET,
Golpe a Golpe will be ESPN Deportes’
first news and analysis show fully dedicated to the world of boxing.The
live 30-minute program will be co-hosted by
SportsCenter anchor Jorge Eduardo Sánchez
and Marco Antonio Barrera. The
Golpe a
Golpe show will include radio, online, and wireless for further fan
interaction. will dedicate a special page to the program,
featuring weekly chats, blogs, and video segments with Barrera exclusively
produced for online. Content on ESPN Deportes Mobile will be blogs, videos,
and audio podcasts of the show.

“This is
the beginning of an exciting new era for boxing on ESPN Deportes,” says Lino
Garcia, general manager of ESPN Deportes. “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 on Spanish-language television.”

with the 2009 season, the boxing series
Viernes de Combates will feature
its own Spanish-language production of a special show incorporated into each
broadcast. The program will originate from Bristol, CT.
Friday Night Fights
will feature former Telefutura “Solo Boxeo” analyst Bernardo Osuna,
who will appear in studio on selected
broadcasts. The FNF season kicked off Jan. 9 with Bernard Hopkins in studio.

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