On 12.06., the time had finally come: after the cancelled event in March in Wuppertal, I was finally allowed to reacquaint myself with the boxing world. It was my first time being the ring announcer for the AGON Box Gala in Berlin. You can see some impressions in the first seconds of the video:
Agon Sports, an up-and-coming German promoter, organized the first European post-corona boxing event in Berlin. Agon was also the first to start training, doing so on 27.04, and so it was no surprise that his ambitious promoter, Ingo Volckmann, did everything to be the first back in the ring. Their efforts were rewarded, and the Berlin Senate gave the green light to the AGON box gala, which took place without an audience under strict hygiene and safety conditions in Havel studios.
3 title fights at the AGON Box Gala
- the German BDB title bout
- the EBU EU Championship,
- and the WBO International Championship.
2-times ex-world-champion Jack “Golden Jack” Culcay defended his WBO International title in the ring against Howard “Gwada Boy” Cospolite. Björn Schicke climbed into the ring to compete for the EBU-EU title.
Altogether, 7 top-class boxing matches were held. As can be expected in the sports world with Agon as promoter, only first-class boxers competed. Thanks to the coronavirus, the AGON Box Gala was brought directly to the screens of millions of people from China to the Ukraine, Denmark to Slovenia. ESPN Latinoamericano served all of Latin America “en vivo” – that is, live – from Mexico to Argentina. The area of DACH was of course well served by Bild TV.
Despite the lack of a live audience, the best boxing-atmosphere with top-notch fights could be transmitted into people’s homes straight to their living rooms. True boxing fans got their money’s worth during these fights.
What do you think about events without a live audience? Are you happy that sport is finally on TV again? Feel free to write me a comment about what you are most looking forward to!