Rating Adam Smith's Time as Head of Boxing for Sky

Jun 3, 2012
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Since around 2010, Adam Smith has been Sky's head of boxing. In that time, he has provided Eddie Hearn with an exlusive boxing contract, seen domestic shows go from gymnasiums to stadiums, PPV leave and return, hired Nick Halling to make his own commentary sound better, and so on.

How would you rate his near ten-year role in the job?
 
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I think as a head of boxing he is good but as a commentator he is irritating, annoying and drives me mad.

I know it's not the question you asked but I honestly mute the commentary sometimes when Smith is on the mic.

I restrained from jumping on the bandwagon of slating him but he says the same fucking things in every fight.

Anyone over the age of 28 he implies is on the slide and if a younger fighter simply lands a decent one two, he will start with the '' he's just the younger fresher man isn't he. ''

He even went down this route in a Luke Campbell fight because the fella was younger, despite the fact he had been koed 4 or 5 times and Luke has had relatively few professional fights.

He is so annoying
 
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'' he's just the fresher man isn't he? ''

Why because he landed a few jabs

'' is it a question of him maybe being on the slide `

Why because he's taking a bit of a breather
 
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Aug 26, 2013
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As head of Sky Sports Boxing he is undoubtable doing a good job from the perspective of his employers. Also in regards to the needs and desires of a more "casual" fanbase he is also ticking the right boxes. He is providing them with plenty of content which people are happy to engage with. From a more "hardcore" angle, it does seem as though we are getting less and less decent content on normal Sky Sports and quite often the PPV fights are also not exactly up to scratch. However as the so called Hardcore fans are a relitavely small percentage of the overall viewership, trying to please us/them seemingly alienates the majority of their client base.

As a commentator I simply cannot listen to him. I regularily turn the volume down so as to still make out a bit of crowd noise but low enough that I cant fully hear what he is saying. I wish there was a Red Button option to remove the commentary completely but keep the crowd noise as I feel watching boxing muted feels a bit odd. Although, as head of Sky Sports Boxing I don't imagine he is going to introduce a feature on his platform for people to block him out.
 
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Regardless of people's personal opinions about individuals, the last few years for Sky Sports Boxing have clearly been massively successful for everyone involved. Although Anthony Joshua has clearly been a key factor and this sort of thing does sometimes involve the stars aligning, a bit like when the manager of a national football team comes along when the depth of talent is so great that it would harder to fail than to succeed.

It's funny how things work out actually. Imagine if Audley Harrison had lived up to the hype and even turned out to be better than Lennox Lewis, we could be sat here now talking about big fights coming up on the BBC.
 
Jul 6, 2012
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i think he comes across really well, seems like a nice bloke and he loves the sport. you never hear anyone from inside the industry bad mouthing him either. also the pedo comments on any of his ifl vids are worthy him staying in a job alone :lol:
 
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Positives:

  • Boxing will be generating much more money since his arrival.
  • Much more stadium/top end arena shows than small hall shows now.
  • Many more world champions in this country in the last decade than before, and Sky’s money and investment is a contributing factor.
  • Their marketing for boxing has improved significantly in the last decade with the build up shows.
  • The job done with Anthony Joshua has been fucking flawless and SKY are a huge part of that.
Negatives:

  • How he continues to employ some of the Fight night team beggars belief. Jonny Nelson has done an apocalyptically shit job for well over a decade and still pulls in 6 figures a year.
  • It seems to be ‘give any retired fighter a job’ time at sky under him, regardless of whether or not they’re suited to the role. Nelson, Froch and Bellew especially are horrendous.
  • After content getting to an all time high of a couple of years ago, it’s considerably dipped this year. Hearn has prioritised DAZN and - due to his exclusivity - SKY are in a vulnerable position. The content has been nothing short of horrendous this year.
  • PPV’s. It was mentioned as a positive too due to the fact SKY will be loving it, but the fans certainly don’t. The bar for PPV is pretty low currently and we’ve had some shit as PPV over the last few years - Bellew vs Haye I & II, Bellew vs Cleverly, AJ vs Molina etc.
Overall, I’d say that SKY as a business will be very, very happy with his performance to date, as would the general public who don’t have a great boxing knowledge. Hardcore boxing fans will be significantly less happy.
 
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The non-ppv Matchroom cards have been shite for a while and the latest Joshua card is looking pretty dire too. I've been pleased to get the DAZN content from the States and recently the WBSS shows. Smith needs to get Hearn to put on the odd domestic show that's non-ppv and has some fights we can get excited about even if they're not at World TItle level - if that means Sky have to increase their boxing budget slighty then Smith should be pushing Barney Francis for that - would be a drop in the ocean compared to their outlay on other sports.
 
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AntG

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Shit commentator
Too many PPV events
Too many weak as piss cards
Jobs for the boys(though that's more of a Sky Sports problem in general rather than Smiths doing)
Given Hearn a monopoly on the channel

He's probably a nice bloke and he's given us some big fights in his time in charge but I don't think the cards he's given us are anywhere near the quality of the ones I grew up with in the 90's.
 
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but I don't think the cards he's given us are anywhere near the quality of the ones I grew up with in the 90's.
could you pull up a couple of examples of uk cards from this time? i cant really find any examples and i reckon its one of those tricks of the mind like remembering long hot summers.

genuine question for you or anyone else, i am happy to be proved wrong.
 
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I cant say ive been impressed with him to be honest.

Sky Boxing right now in my opinion is nowhere near the level it should be considering how booming the sport has been the last five years.

Look whats going on in front of his eyes,the best British fighters going onto American shows and onto the sky platform at stupid times in the morning.

Failure to rebuild the next generation of fighters,like any good football manager updates an aging squad.Matchroom and Sky fell asleep on it and now its a bit of a rush job.There is just not enough boxers at the moment and the ones trying to breakthrough just arent ready to step up to the top level yet.Its okay saying well they have NxtGen shows.Well yes they do but there isnt enough of them.They are every 3 or four months something ridiculous and its just a front as far as im concerned to provide domestic content instead of the true purpose of what they should have been all along,developing young fighters alongside tv exposure.

The NxtGen shows should have been used alongside Saturday fight nights and this should have started a long time ago.And having them every few months is a waste of time.I look at GoldenBoy they have a show on for prospects every two weeks of the month at the same venue in Indio California and its almost like a conveyor belt where they come through these shows and the good ones make that step up onto the saturday fight nights and the really good ones make it onto the ppv shows.

More domestic fighters need to be brought in at a certain level.Your Lee Mcgregors,your Kash Farooq's your Tommy Frank's that sort of level.The main guys now are going to want a piece of that American money and the domestic stuff is suffering.The Fowler/Fitzy card was great thats just what I expect from Saturday fight night matches.

I sometimes feel like Smith only does the commentary himself to justify his role at all because I fail to see what he does.
 
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AntG

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could you pull up a couple of examples of uk cards from this time? i cant really find any examples and i reckon its one of those tricks of the mind like remembering long hot summers.

genuine question for you or anyone else, i am happy to be proved wrong.
Looking back on it I may very well be talking out of my arse, I thought some of the Naz cards were more stacked than they actually are.
 
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