Following recent news of a five-year global deal, DAZN and Matchroom have announced details of their new on-air talent roster.
This brand new on-air talent team will be kicking off the second instalment of Fight Camp. Taking place at the Matchroom HQ in Brentwood, Essex across three weekends – July 31, August 7 and August 14.
British broadcasting legend Mike Costello will take the reins as the lead commentator, leaving his role as the BBC’s Boxing and Athletics correspondent after 15 years. Having covered seven Olympics and countless World Title fights during his glittering career at the BBC, Costello has established himself as one of the most popular commentators in sport today.
UK TV and radio broadcaster Maya Jama brings a fresh perspective to the team. Maya is an influential personality and has represented a variety of flagship shows for Channel 4, ITV and the BBC across TV and radio. Most recently, she co-presented the BBC show Save Our Summer and Year-Late Euros with former England striker Peter Crouch. And she has also hosted numerous award shows such as the MOBOs, BRITS and 2020 BAFTA red carpet.
Former WBC Cruiserweight World Champion Tony Bellew has crossed over to broadcasting following his retirement from the sport in 2018. The former PPV star lit up stadiums and arenas across the world during a memorable career and has since gone on to carve out a career as a media personality as well as a leading pundit in the sport.
Laura Woods joins the team as the 2021 SJA Sports Presenter of the Year. She is a regular weekly broadcaster on national radio and TV, hosting talkSPORT Radio’s Breakfast Show, one of the most listened to sports breakfast radio shows in the country.
Former WBO Middleweight World Champion Andy Lee holds a brilliant insight into coaching due to his involvement with Tyson Fury and Joseph Parker. Lee quickly established himself as a fan favorite after stints with BBC Radio 5 Live and many more.
Former IBF Middleweight World Champion Darren Barker and expert analyst Chris Lloyd have built an excellent relationship since they started working with each other across the Matchroom fight week build up shows back in September 2018. They will continue to bring all of the big fight week build up and much more.
“I couldn’t be prouder of this team of talent that we have assembled for our ground-breaking new project. The launch of Matchroom Media has enabled us to form a cradle to grave mindset across inception to completion of our shows so we can deliver the live event experience to the viewer in the narrative and style in which we have built it," Hearn said.
“It’s a real mixture of industry legends and fresh new talent that will give us the credibility and the energy to drive this new era forward. Mike Costello has long been the fan favorite for live boxing commentary, and we are honored to welcome him to the team. Maya Jama is now one of the leading broadcasters and personalities in British television, and brings a great new perspective to the audience to the audience, as a boxing fan and well-known sports presenter. We can’t wait to get started with Fight Camp next month!”