The deal has not yet been signed but Spike TV is in the process of finalizing its deal with broadcaster Scott Hanson to handle the blow-by-blow duties on its monthly Friday night telecasts of Al Haymon’s “Premier Boxing Champions” series, a source with knowledge of the agreement told ESPN.com.
Hanson, 43, is best known for his work as a host on the NFL Network and the popular "Sunday NFL Red Zone." This will be Hanson’s first boxing assignment. A Spike TV spokesman declined to comment.
Prior to his start at the NFL Network, Hanson, a Syracuse University graduate, spent two years with Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia and four years at Comcast’s Mid-Atlantic regional sports network.
Last week, Spike TV announced that former ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Dana Jacobson would serve as the host for the series. The analyst roles have not yet been determined.
Spike TV’s first boxing card is March 13 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The welterweight doubleheader will feature former titlist Andre Berto (29-3, 22 KOs) against Josesito Lopez (33-6, 19 KOs) in the main event with former titleholder Shawn Porter (24-1-1, 15 KOs) facing Roberto Garcia (36-3, 23 KOs) in the co-feature.
Spike TV and Haymon have a deal for nine cards this year and 12 apiece in 2016 and 2017.