MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV Continues Friday, May 8, at 10 p.m. ET
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
truTV and Top Rank will exclusively present the MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV, a live primetime boxing series on Friday, May 8, at 10 p.m. ET from Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The new boxing series, produced in association with Turner Sports and HBO Sports, will feature two title fights this week headlined by Top 10 contenders Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (23-1, 15 KOs) from Passaic, N.J., and “Irish” Seanie Monaghan (23-0, 15 KOs). Tapia will defend his NABO junior middleweight title against Michel Soro (25-1-1, 15 KOs) from France, with Monaghan defending his WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title against Cleiton Conceicao (20-6-2, 16 KOs) from Brazil.
Commentators for the event will include Kevin Kugler providing play-by-play with analyst Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and reporter Crystina Poncher. Kugler is a veteran announcer who has called college basketball and NFL coverage for Westwood One and college football for the Big Ten Network. Mancini is a 2015 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee and former NABF and WBA lightweight champion. Poncher is a commentator and reporter for Top Rank, as well as a host, reporter and correspondent for NFL Network and NFL.com. Additionally, closed captioning in Spanish will be available.
The network’s presentation will feature the continued use of “Spidercam” technology, the first of its kind for a live domestic boxing telecast, providing dynamic coverage during the series. “Spidercam” operates on a four-point system of cables from designated points beyond the corners of the boxing ring. The suspended camera has the ability to provide compelling 360-degree angles of the action including the ability to move in three dimensions – left/right, forward/backward and up/down.
As part of its entitlement sponsorship of the boxing series on truTV, MetroPCS will receive camera-visible center ring and corner pad brand placement for each fight, as well as inclusion in all promotional messaging across truTV and other Turner Broadcasting networks.
Nate Smeltz, Turner Sports: (404) 827-4786 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Samantha Graham, truTV: (212) 275-6821 / email@example.com
Kevin Flaherty, HBO: (212) 512-5052 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Byrne, HBO: (212) 512-1361 / Patrick.email@example.com
Lee Samuels, Top Rank: (702) 378-1083 / Lee@toprank.com
Fred Sternburg, Top Rank: (303) 740-7746 / Toofred@aol.com
Ricardo Jimenez (Hispanic Media), Top Rank: (909) 615-3436 / firstname.lastname@example.org