James Smith (sports media figure)

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Birth name James E. Smith
Nickname Smitty
Nationality Caucasian
Birth date (1959-02-05) February 5, 1959 (age 58)
Birthplace Miami, Florida, U.S.
Smitty during an interview

James E. Smith ("Smitty") is a sports and media figure best known for his interviews with famous international boxing stars. Smith was a professional boxer for three years and has played football for University of Minnesota Tech. He is the host of "In This Corner",[1] America's only syndicated, half-hour-long boxing interview show, featuring interviews and in-ring demonstrations with professional boxers. Smith also has a regular commentary section on Secondsout.com,[2] a leading boxing news website. Smith currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada and has three children.

Personal life[edit]

Smith was born on February 5, 1959 in Miami, Florida to Louise and James Smith Sr. He met boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, in 1970 when he was just 11 years old. Smith would often visit Ali at the 5th Street Gym on Miami Beach where he would frequently train. Smith played football for Carol City High School and later, University of Minnesota Tech, where he started as a wide receiver for two years. He was also a ball boy for the Miami Dolphins in 1970-1973.

Career[edit]

In 1980, Smith decided to pursue a career in boxing, but that decision was short-lived. He quit boxing just three years later and soon started sports directing, talk hosting, and even commentating for various television stations for the next twenty-one years.[3]

On May 23, 1997, Smith gave the play-by-play commentary of the first ever live internet boxing broadcast.[4]

On April 1, 2004, Smith began hosting "In This Corner".[5] He has not only had famous boxers on the show, but well-known actors also.

Inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame, Class of 2010.[6]

Inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame in 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]. In This Corner TV Show's website, Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  2. ^ [2]. SecondsOut, Retrieved 2008-11-26.
  3. ^ [3]. Smitty Zone, Retrieved 2008-11-26.
  4. ^ Sarasota Herald Tribune
    Ring Sports Magazine August 1997, article "The Sweet Science of Boxing on the Internet" by Geoff Fox
    Internet Boxing Digest
  5. ^ [4]. In This Corner
  6. ^ [5]. Florida Boxing Hall of Fame website, Retrieved 2010-03-28.

External links[edit]

  • [6] In This Corner TV, Smitty's boxing interview TV show
  • [7] Smitty Zone, James Smith's personal website
  • [8] Smitty on YouTube
  • [9] Smitty on Myspace
  • [10] Smitty's column on Secondsout.com