Local fitness celebrity and social media content creator Margaret Cresta has been named the ring announcer for the upcoming CES Boxing event that is taking place on March 25 at the Park Theatre in Cranston.
Originally from Boston, Cresta relocated to Johnston in 2020 and has developed a large social media presence since then for her fitness instruction as well as her sports broadcasting resume, which includes a previous stop at CES during the outdoor boxing event at Cranston Stadium and working for NESN’s Dirty Water program as well.
“What an absolute honor it is to represent CES and push for more women in sports.” Cresta said in a statement. “I could not be more excited to challenge myself with this new opportunity.”
“It was an unexpected call, but a great one. Any time that she can get out in front of a group of women and inspire them, to show them that they can be game changers in their careers and in sports, she really thrives on these opportunities. Margaret does not stop, she’s at it 24/7.She’s always focused on bettering herself and any step she takes is to better herself while helping someone else out,” said president and founder of Challenge Sports Events Brendan Griffin.
Cresta has mounted over 300,000 followers on her social media pages and has her own app called SWEAT ENRGY, a fitness channel that provides instruction, meal planning among other items.
CES founder Jimmy Burchfield was also excited to introduce her in her new role, saying, “This young lady here, I think you’re going to love her. She’s going to be our official boxing ring announcer and I’m honored to have that on our stage,” said Burchfield.
Her goal has always been to help others reach their potential and views sports broadcasting as a way to further develop her fan base.
“She loves being a creator and part of sports broadcasting is being able to create and inspire. Sports broadcasting really goes hand in hand with getting more eyes on what she’s doing and inspiring those people. If people want to live healthier, follow that lifestyle, she has those products and they can follow those workouts,” said Griffin.
There have only been three other women to serve as ring announcers in professional boxing, so Cresta is joining rare company. Her hiring is also fitting, as March is Women’s History Month. Cresta is looking forward to this new experience and having another chance to inspire those around her, especially women.
“She’s not only providing for the fighters, but she’s also providing for the fans and making sure that she’s entertaining them and it’s a good product. There’s a little pressure on her back to go out and do good things,” said Griffin. “What she sees in these opportunities is a chance to pave a path forward for others in the future. She uses these as ways to motivate people and push them to be better.”
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