By: Sean Cross
“I am honored to be a part of this historic card,” said Christina Poncher. There is much to be admired about Poncher. This Saturday, the long-time top ranked and ESPN broadcaster will host the undisputed middleweight title fight between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall. Poncher added: “These women have worked so hard for this moment, and I feel so lucky to be able to help bring their stories home and call the action on what should be an amazing night of fighting in London. What makes Poncher really stand out isn’t that she’s a female boxing broadcaster — it’s that the 38-year-old mother of two is good at what she does.
One of the long-standing issues with boxing journalism is the willingness of broadcasters and publishers to occasionally bring in unqualified individuals for the job (Frank Sinatra’s 1971 Life magazine photographer of the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight is a prime example of this. Although Poncher has a strong background as an NFL journalist, the Californian is both inside and outside. There’s no denying that she knows boxing. In short, Poncher is an expert in her field. Unfortunately, that’s not always guaranteed in sports media. “I was a fan growing up,” Poncher said. I didn’t have it.
Few would argue that Poncher doesn’t have a deep passion for the fight game right now. She is easily among the best in the boxing world. Of course, such a thing is not easy for anyone. As a wife and mother of two young children, Poncher makes it a point to find work/life balance. “It’s definitely a race, but I’m very lucky to have the support I do, starting with my amazing wife, niece Jayda, and our immediate family,” Poncher admits. I couldn’t do it without them. My kids are my inspiration so knowing I’m doing this for them gets me through the more challenging times.
Poncher will have reason to be motivated on Saturday. Thousands of miles away from her family, she is at London’s O2 Arena, hosting the biggest fight in women’s boxing history. No matter how big the challenge, the veteran broadcaster’s family – and fans – pull her home. Hard work, both in and out of media, has its rewards.