Bushwick boxer Keisher “Fire” McLeod-Wells will take on a Mexican fighter in a reality T.V. show about female boxers from around the world competing for a $100,000 cash prize.
“Todos Contra Mexico” will pit McLeod-Wells (4-1) and a team of international boxers against a squad of Mexican professionals in a five-week tournament staged in Chiapas, Mexico.
The reality show about the competition will be hosted by boxing star Maureen Shea, who trained actress Hillary Swank in the Oscar-winning boxing blockbuster “Million Dollar Baby.” Shea is of Mexican and Irish descent, and spent stretches of her childhood in Guadalajara.
“I thought it was a great opportunity,” said McLeod-Wells, who trains at Gleason's Gym in DUMBO.
The tournament weight class is 118-126 pounds, so McLeod-Wells will have to bulk up; she weighed in at 107 pounds in her last fight, a unanimous six-round win over Melissa McMorrow on February 9.
McLeod-Wells said she isn't worried.
“I'm going to be like Manny Pacquaio, fast and strong,” she said.
More nerve-wracking could be the pressure of performing - and living for over a month - in the glare of television cameras. But McLeod-Wells, who is also an actress and model, said she was ready.
“I have to be aware of what I say in front of the camera,” said McLeod-Wells, before leaving for Mexico. She added, “I don't think there's no acting needed. I'll use my hands and fists.”
The first bout is set for March 26, with the championship round coming in late April. Filming begins later this month. The show is being produced by the production company MapiTV.