It appears that the public will once again have the opportunity to hear “Good ‘ol J.R.”

According to The Associated Press, former WWE commentator Jim Ross has signed a new deal with CBS Sports to become a commentator for the sport of boxing. His first match will be March 12 at “The D” hotel in Las Vegas, with the main event consisting of Zab Judah against Josh Torres in a 10-round junior welterweight fight.

Below are some quotes from the AP article announcing Ross’ new deal:

“I can’t overnight become a boxing expert,” Ross told The Associated Press. “There will be learned boxing fans, longtime fans, that are going know infinitely more about boxing than I do, and I have no problem with that. My strengths are storytelling and getting you to know the fighter, and then bringing that spontaneity, that voice that cuts through the clutter.”

“I’ll probably be a little more irreverent than the traditional stoic old-school boxing guy, but I’m not going to disrespect the fighters,” Ross said. “They’re going to be put on a pedestal where they belong.”

“I love the opportunity that we can help facilitate the discovery of the next big things, whether it be in MMA, boxing, pro wrestling — doesn’t matter,” he said. “I think that’s what drew me to it.”

Ross was last seen on WWE programming on the March 1, 2013 edition of “Smackdown.” In his appearance, he interviewed Jack Swagger, who ended up berating J.R., until Alberto Del Rio made the save.

It has been recently reported that Ross has also become the new lead announcer for New Japan Pro Wrestling. The first episode that features his voiceovers will take place on March 4.

You can find the full article about Ross’ new deal at this link.

Editor’s Note:

I’m glad that another company has finally recognized Ross’ talent and has signed him to a deal. His voice is one of the most iconic in sports entertainment, and he will bring a level of enthusiasm and passion to the sport of boxing. A great hire for CBS Sports, and congrats to J.R.!



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