Gus Johnson Take Over Lead Role For Showtime Boxing

Wednesday, January 07, 2009


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 - $)

Posted by Awful Announcing at 1:57 PM

14 Comments:

As much as I like Gus, he doesn't hold a candle to Steve Albert when it comes to boxing. Steve is #1A to Jim Lampley's #1 boxing announcer status. Hope Steve Albert still gets the PPVs.

Brian said...
Jan 7, 2009, 2:19:00 PM  

the eye needs to put him on the 16 hole at augusta.

-dan

-dan said...
Jan 7, 2009, 2:24:00 PM  

Now if only Gus can take up hockey and replace Joe Beninati, the world would be perfect. And yes, I know Gus does not have prior experience doing hockey, but still, it would be so much better than Boreinati

JFein said...
Jan 7, 2009, 2:48:00 PM  

Actually, JFein, Johnson used to call college hockey games for ESPN. I hate Beninati, too. He growls when he talks, and he says the dumbest things.

Michael said...
Jan 7, 2009, 2:51:00 PM  

That's awesome! Big, big fan of Gus.

Jan 7, 2009, 4:04:00 PM  

Unfortunately, Gus will probably be paired with the coma-inducing Len Elmore again.

GMoney said...
Jan 7, 2009, 4:14:00 PM  

Gus Johnson was absolutely horrible on the MMA calls. And no one really watches boxing anymore anyway.

The Zoner said...
Jan 7, 2009, 4:55:00 PM  

I hope not. Yelling and screaming is best left to cable TV news programs.

Anonymous said...
Jan 7, 2009, 5:11:00 PM  

Good for Gussy

NFL HiLite 08 said...
Jan 7, 2009, 5:41:00 PM  

Gus doesn't announce sports. He screams them. Help us all....

Anonymous said...
Jan 7, 2009, 8:31:00 PM  

i can see the AA Gus boner from here...i'm in Hawaii

questionmark said...
Jan 7, 2009, 9:46:00 PM  

Gus is great but terrible at calling fights. He was a blight on the EliteXC calls

Jeff Hawkins said...
Jan 7, 2009, 11:01:00 PM  

People still watch boxing?

randall said...
Jan 7, 2009, 11:32:00 PM  

you realize showtime and cbs are virtually the same network right? VIACOM, DISNEY, NEWS CORP. own half the world.

Anonymous said...
Jan 8, 2009, 11:56:00 AM  

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