Marv Albert to announce fights on new prime-time boxing series in return to NBC

Marv Albert will announce fights for the new prime-time boxing series on NBC.

The network said Monday that Albert will work alongside analyst Sugar Ray Leonard.

Albert called boxing on NBC from 1980-2003. He was also the lead play-by-play announcer when the network owned NBA rights, and he now holds that role for TNT.

Albert worked the last prime-time boxing match on NBC on May 20, 1985, between Larry Holmes and Carl Williams.

NBC announced the "Premier Boxing Champions" series last month, with Leonard as an analyst and Al Michaels as a host.

Albert will call the 11 broadcasts on NBC this year, with five planned for prime time and six for Saturday afternoons. The first fights air March 7 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas when Keith Thurman faces Robert Guerrero and Adrien Broner takes on John Molina Jr.


NBC is controlled by Comcast Corp.