Thursday, September 06, 2012

'Too Sharp' Johnson Named to Showtime Broadcast Team!

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International Boxing Hall of Famer and DC sports legend Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson has been named to the Showtime Boxing Broadcast team and will serve as an expert analyst this Saturday, September 8 on the network's coverage of the title bout for the vacant WBC Super Lightweight championship between Lucas Matthysse and Olusegun Ajose.

The bout will be shown at 9 PM ET from the Hard Rock Cafe Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  The co-feature will be a 10-round contest between J'Leon Love and Ramon Valenzuela.  The original main event, a junior welterweight title bout between champion Randall Bailey and challenger Devon Alexander was scratched because Bailey suffered an injury.

The former three-time world champion is not a rookie to broadcasting as he has served as an expert analyst on many boxing telecasts in the Washington, DC area over the years. One of his broadcast partners will be Al Bernstein who was in the same IBHOF 2012 induction class with Johnson.  The other member of the team will be Mauro Ranallo, who is known for his work on Showtime's Strikeforce MMA series.

BATB spoke to Johnson recently about this new assignment.  Here is that interview.


Juan Marshall said...

Congrats to Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson for a great year in 2012 with his induction in the International Boxing Hall of Fame and and becoming the newest analyst of the Showtime Boxing Team, and to Gary "Digital" Williams for being able to talk to Mark and bring us (The Fans) another great interview.

Anonymous said...

Good job on Saturday Too Sharp!!! We're proud of you Brother!!

Richard McCombs said...

Mark will always be respected and honored and even though there many too sharps to follow...make no mistake about it Mark is the original and I thank God he made it.

Discombobulating Jones said...

This is HUGE! I think I can safely say that, along with so many others in the DMV, I have been living vicariously through 2Sharp ever since he laced them up as a pro back in the late '80's. He became the little brother I never had but always wanted, and the stories are well known how he is the ONLY fighter to put me in his contract to announce his televised bouts on ESPN.

His is a storybook career...1st African-American Flywt and SuperFlywt Champ in History, one of the sport's POUND-4-POUND BEST, DC's ONLY entrant in the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and now a Color Commentator with Showtime, just as we visualized years ago. Just goes to show there is Life after the Boxing.

Mark will be the first to tell you he wasn't perfect outside the ring, but the man has paid his dues for his wrongdoings and is now reaping the rewards. Well done King Marcellus..continue to reign!
You are a TRUE CHAMPION to be admired and one of DC's treasures.

GOD BLESS you in your newest gig.