Jim Ross is widely considered the best professional wrestling announcer in history. But the topic of him commentating is also a sore subject for many WWE fans. JR has been absent from the announcer’s booth for several years now, with WWE deciding to go in a different direction. Michael Cole is now their head announcer, whether people like it or not.
From what you can gather, it seems JR has moved on from his time in WWE. After essentially being told to retire last year, he’s been doing his own thing ever since. The Ross Report podcast is one of the most popular downloads on iTunes and he’s also been doing some writing for Fox Sports.
But as a FS employee, Ross now has another new opportunity — announcing boxing matches.
JR will make his long-awaited return to the broadcast booth this Memorial Day weekend as he’s slated to call fights for Fox Sports 1, including Rene Alvarado vs. Rocky Juarez.
“Very grateful to Fox Sports and Golden Boy Promotions for extending me the opportunity to jump back on some play by play for their Memorial Day night boxing from Ft. Bliss, Texas that will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1. My old pal Mauro Ranallo will ‘coach me up’ and I will be ready to rock the Monday night away. I’ve been a lifelong boxing fan so this will be a big thrill for me to be able to stick my toe in new water. I hope that you will check it out and I will have more info on the special night in the next few days. My late father was a HUGE boxing fan and I know that he would be so proud of me which makes the whole process a win before I even fly to El Paso,” Ross posted on his website.
There’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll excel as a boxing announcer. He’s a true professional, he’s great at play-by-play and he loves the sport. All of those things will come through on the broadcast. Boxing fans will quickly find out why so many people love Good Ol’ JR.