FOX Sports’ team of announcers will be slightly different for the network’s Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz pay-per-view show Saturday night.
BoxingScene.com has learned that Brian Kenny will work as FOX’s blow-by-blow announcer, alongside analysts Lennox Lewis and Joe Goossen, when those heavyweights square off again for Wilder’s WBC title at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Kenny Albert usually fills the blow-by-blow role for FOX, though Kenny worked several boxing broadcasts for FOX from 2015-18.
Kenny, a fixture for MLB Network and former ESPN host, also works for DAZN as a blow-by-blow man. Lewis, a former heavyweight champion, and Goossen, a veteran trainer, have regularly worked FOX’s telecasts since the network’s new deal with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions launched last December 22 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Kenny, Lewis and Goossen will call four fights as part of FOX Sports’ pay-per-view event Saturday night. The pay-per-view portion of the Wilder-Ortiz undercard is set to start at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
The action is scheduled to begin with a 12-rounder between Brandon Figueroa (20-0, 15 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, and Mexico’s Julio Ceja (32-4, 28 KOs). They’ll fight for Figueroa’s WBA super bantamweight title.
In another 12-rounder on pay-per-view, Mexico’s Luis Nery (30-0, 24 KOs) will oppose Puerto Rico’s Emmanuel Rodriguez (19-1, 12 KOs). Rodriguez will try to bounce back from a second-round knockout defeat to IBF/WBA bantamweight champ Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16 KOs) in his last fight, May 19 in Glasgow, Scotland.
In the bout before Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) and Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs, 2 NC) fight again, three-division champion Leo Santa Cruz will make his debut in the 130-pound division. Santa Cruz (36-1-1, 19 KOs), of Rosemead, California, is set to face Houston’s Miguel Flores (24-2, 12 KOs) in a 12-rounder for the WBA’s “super” 130-pound crown.
The suggested retail price to watch Wilder-Ortiz in HD is $74.95.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.