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THE MAN IN CHARGE

Adam Smith talks to Matt Christie about the Sky Sports Boxing business, his concerns surrounding DAZN, that pay-per-view price increase and the issue of commentary bias

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ENTICING SEQUEL: The Ruiz-Joshua return will cost £24.95 to watch on Sky Sports Box Office
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A DAM SMITH has been employed by Sky Sports for 25 years. He’s gone from the backup boxing commentator to the channel’s Head of Boxing and he’s overseen some of the biggest productions the sport has ever delivered. Yet there’s still this idea, among a section of boxing’s hardcore fans, that he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

Smith admits the criticism Sky Sports gets, predominantly on social media, is a source of frustration. He reads some of it. He takes on board the opinions from those he respects. Yet Smith, a man so entrenched in Sky Sports it’s difficult to steer conversation away from the company he represents, is visibly annoyed when his ability to do his job is called into question by people who have no idea what his job entails.

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