SINCE taking over as Sky’s Head of Boxing in 2010, Adam Smith has overseen plenty of changes – not least in the commentary team that he now spearheads. Here, Smith tells Boxing News his thoughts behind recruiting the team that now exists, and how he selects his army of co-commentators and analysts – which includes Johnny Nelson, Carl Froch and Paulie Malignaggi.
“Ian Darke told me that when he first started interviewing Glenn [McCrory] when he was just becoming a world champion, he saw something in him. And I saw something in Johnny [Nelson], back in the days of Naseem Hamed and Ryan Rhodes. Johnny was the forgotten member of the gym, he failed on the world stage a couple of times, but I noticed back then he had this intelligence, this charisma.
“There was no ego, but there was loveable authority, and I thought he would be amazing in the broadcasting world, but has he got the gravitas? Suddenly, he got back and beat Carl Thompson for the world [WBO cruiserweight] title, and I realised then I could definitely use him now – so there is a little bit of that.