I know that announcers like getting as much work in as possible, but Gus Johnson is taking it to a whole new level. On the heels of his foray into the world of MMA for CBS, GuJo has been hired by Showtime Boxing to work the cable network’s monthly “Showtime Championship Boxing”. Via John Ourand at SBD….
Showtime has hired Gus Johnson as the lead announcer on its “Showtime Championship Boxing” series. Johnson will continue to work as an announcer on CBS’ college basketball and NFL games, as well as Big Ten Network basketball games. Johnson will work with Al Bernstein on the monthly series, and he will make his debut February 7 for the Vic Darchinyan-Jorge Arce fight. He replaces Steve Albert, who is staying with the series in a reduced role. Albert, who has announced boxing on Showtime since ’87, will call bouts when Johnson is unavailable.
Gus Johnson is obviously a polarizing announcer, but as a fan of his, it’s great to see he’s finally getting the respect he deserves from other networks. Maybe the one he’s on full time (*ahem* CBS!) will take notice and bump him up another spot for this year’s Tourney and the 2009 NFL season.
Gus Johnson To Call Showtime’s Boxing (Sports Business Daily – $)