WWE Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross has a pretty good retired life from the world of professional wrestling. He has a one man show on tour, a top rated podcast, and a writing job with Fox Sports.
An opportunity to return to the broadcast booth has been something that Ross had hinted at in his deal with Fox Sports as a possibility, but nothing had materialized.
Ross announced on his Twitter page that he’ll be announcing boxing on Fox Sports 1 on Memorial Day:
Gonna try my hand at boxing commentary for @FOXSports1 on Memorial Day evening from El Paso. Ring the bell!
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) May 10, 2014
Here’s more on the boxing event from a press release about the card:
It will be a Memorial Day to remember on Monday, May 26 when Golden Boy Promotions, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes salute the men and women of the Armed Forces with a special edition of Golden Boy Live! at Fort Bliss’ Stout Fitness Center in El Paso, Texas. In the televised main event, Nicaragua’s Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado defends his WBC Silver Featherweight Title against perennial contender and Texas native Rocky Juarez. Plus, top junior welterweight prospect KeAndre Gibson makes his debut in the Lone Star state against an opponent to be announced and in the televised opener, Texas’ young star Ryan “Cowboy” Karl makes his professional debut in a four-round welterweight bout.
This night of appreciation for the troops will feature U.S. Army World Class Soldier Athletes competing in undercard bouts and will be free to members of the military, with no tickets being sold for the event. These Soldier athletes are members of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program (WCAP), the Army’s program that trains and promotes nationally and internationally ranked Soldiers who are vying to represent the Army and the United States at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Led by Staff Sgt. Charles Leverette, WCAP head boxing coach, the Army’s boxing team is widely viewed as the forerunner for the entire World Class Athlete Program.
JR has expressed interest in calling MMA fights and with Fox’s UFC partnership it could be a fit, but a boxing card on FS1 seems like the next best thing.
The old adage goes that fans don’t turn into sporting events for announcers, but Jim Ross calling a boxing match on Fox Sports 1 should draw some new fans in hopes of seeing a good ol’ slobberknocker.