Actress Rosie Perez joins Al Bernstein to present NVBHOF ceremony

Fred Sternburg 29/07/2015

Rich Marotta, the president and chief executive officer of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, announced Wednesday that Academy Award-nominated actress Rosie Perez and International Boxing Hall of Fame broadcaster Al Bernstein will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the third annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction dinner on Saturday, August 8, at Caesars Palace.

Remaining Tickets for the August 8 induction ceremony are $300, $175 and $75 and are fully tax deductible as the NVBHOF is an IRS 501 (c)3 charity. They can be purchased online at the Hall’s website, nvbhof.com.

Perez, who is returning for her second year as the event’s MC, is a diehard boxing fan. She served as a co-host for the Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show, “The View,” and she starred in several popular films. She earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her role in “Fearless.”

She also starred in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing,” and Andrew Bergman’s “It Could Happen to You.” She made her directorial debut with the documentary film, “Yo Soy Boricua Pa’que Tu Lo Sepas!” It was a featured film at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

Perez made a return to Broadway this past year as she starred in Larry David’s “Fish in the Dark.”

The past year proved very busy for Rosie Perez as she returned to Broadway for the highly-successful Fish in the Dark with Larry David and was also co-hosting ABC’s Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show, The View.

Throughout her career, Perez has been a vocal activist for a number of causes and serves as the Artistic Board Chair for Urban Arts Partnership. Rosie details her childhood upbringing and career in her book, “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair).”

A Las Vegas resident, the popular Bernstein was a member of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame’s star-studded inaugural induction class in 2013.

Bernstein is a familiar face for boxing fans, first as the analyst for ESPN’s boxing series and currently as the analyst for Showtime Championship Boxing.

A former journalist who has a rich history in radio, Bernstein has appeared in many movies and on television. His movie credits include, “Rocky V,” “Streets of Gold,” and “Play It to the Bone.” He has made two guest appearances on the HBO series “Arli$$,” and appeared in the Showtime movie “Paradise” and the HBO movie “Glory Days.”

In 1980, Bernstein wrote his first book, called “Boxing for Beginners,” an instructional/historical book on boxing. His most recent book is “30 Years, 30 Undeniable Truths about Boxing, Sports and TV,” a lighthearted, but enlightening look back at his 30 years in broadcasting

Bernstein has now moved onto the Internet and hosts an online show, “Al Bernstein’s Boxing Hangouts,” which fans can see by going to www.youtube.com/AlsBoxingHangouts. It gives him a chance to talk boxing and provide programming for boxing fans around the globe.

Marotta also announced that Crystina Poncher, an analyst for Top Rank Boxing and Turner Sports, will serve as a roving reporter for the evening. She’ll interview inductees, members of their families and whatever other celebrities she may find.

In addition to her boxing duties, Poncher serves as a host, reporter and correspondent for the NFL Network and NFL.com. She previously worked for Fox Sports.com, Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket.

Among the honorees for the 2015 event who have confirmed they will attend in person are former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis; ex-middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler; former middleweight, super welterweight and welterweight champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad, former linear featherweight champion Marco Antonio Barrera, ex-light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad and former super lightweight champ Roger Mayweather.

Boxing’s pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather, will be honored as the Nevada Fighter of the Year, and will be presented the award by legendary Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard.