NEW YORK, NY (May 12, 2010) – Not only will MMA fans see a great evening of mixed martial arts competition on May 15, but they will also hear expert commentary from the broadcast team brought onboard to announce the event. Shine Fights Promotion CEO Devin Price has announced today that 2006 New York Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Sports Anchor Bruce Beck and three-time world champion Bobby Czyz have joined the May 15 PPV broadcast of “Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs Thomas”. Karyn Bryant will serve as a correspondent for the broadcast. Bryant’s lengthy television experience includes assignments with SHOWTIME’s Championship Boxing series, CBS’ “The Early Show” (Guest Anchor), CNN’s “77th Academy Awards Red Carpet” program (Host), and TNT’s “Super Bowl 98” (Host/Reporter).
Beck is a household name among sports fans, having hosted an array of sports programs and covered a multitude of major sporting events. He is in his thirteenth year with News 4 New York, and is the station’s lead Sports Anchor. In 2006 he received the New York Emmy for Outstanding Sports Anchor, and for three consecutive years (2007-2009) he was selected as New York State Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Among the sports programs he has hosted are Mike’d Up, News 4 New York’s Sunday Night Sports Show, the Toyota Giants Report with Coach Tom Coughlin, and The Rutgers Report with Coach Greg Schiano. The list of sporting events he has covered for News 4 New York reads like a grocery list of the world’s premier competitions: Super Bowl’s XLII and XLIII, the World Series, the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals, the U.S. Open Tennis Championship, the U.S. Open Golf Championship, the NCAA Final Four, the Kentucky Derby and the 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 Olympic Games. Beck also served as the blow-by-blow announcer for numerous UFC events, including UFC 4 thru UFC 15.
“I am looking forward to calling the action on this exciting presentation by Shine Fights,” said Beck. “And I can’t wait to see Ricardo Mayorga. This warrior has battled the likes of Shane Mosley, Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad in a boxing ring. Now he makes the transition to MMA in ‘Worlds Collide.’ Does he have the goods? We’ll find out soon enough!”
Czyz compiled a record of 44-8, 28 KOs and won three world championships during his successful 18-year boxing career. A member of the “International High IQ Society” (Mensa) Czyz was also ranked in the top-10 in six different weight classes. Among the boxers he fought were Evander Holyfield, Prince Charles Williams, Donnie Lalonde, Virgil Hill, and Dennis Andries. Since retiring from boxing Czyz has built a successful career as a broadcaster, most notably as a commentator for SHOWTIME’s “Championship Boxing” series.
“Ricardo Mayorga was an ‘ANIMAL’ in the boxing world & claims to have some grappling skills,” said Czyz. “We know that Din Thomas can grapple, so this may come down TO WHO LANDS WELL FIRST & ‘WHO HAS THE BEST CHIN!’ I think this has to be an exciting fight based on the styles & tenacity of these 2 fighters!”
“We are very proud to announce this dynamic and well-rounded broadcast team,” said executive producer Brian Ricco. “‘Worlds Collide’ is a very unique event and we have assembled a diversified team of talented announcers, with both boxing and MMA backgrounds, that will reflect this cutting edge event.”
Promoted by up and coming Shine Fights (www.shinefights.com), Mayorga’s MMA debut in
WORLD’S COLLIDE: MAYORGA VS THOMAS tops an action- packed card loaded with MMA
stars. The show is taking place Saturday, May 15 at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, NC,
and will be beamed on PPV on cable and satellite in the United States and Canada. The event
will be in High Definition and it will be available in both English and Spanish (where available).
The MMA showdown will be distributed live on Pay Per View beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT by
MultiVision Media, Inc. on Saturday, May 15 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT. There is a 30 minute
countdown show prior to the live event at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT. The suggested retail price
for the MMA showdown is $29.95.
To learn more about Shine Fight Promotions, visit www.shinefights.com or follow the organization on Twitter @ShineFights, Myspace (www.myspace.com/ShineFights), YouTube (www.youtube.com/ShineFights) or become a fan on Facebook.
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