Sparring with “Smitty”

By Dennis Taylor on September 23, 2015
Sparring with “Smitty”
He fought three years as a pro. He became a "participatory journalist" of the highest order.

James Smith met Muhammad Ali when he was 11. He had the bridge in his mouth loosened by Mike Tyson…

Looking for street cred in boxing journalism? James Smith fought three years as a pro, then became a “participatory journalist” of the highest order. As host of America’s only online, syndicated TV boxing show, “In this Corner,” Smith has literally stepped into the ring to spar with the likes of Bernard Hopkins, Sugar Ray Leonard and Alexis Arguello.

The colorful media personality known as “Smitty” met Muhammad Ali when he was 11 years old and visited him frequently at Miami’s iconic Fifth Street Gym. He worked as a ball boy for the Miami Dolphins. He had the bridge in his mouth loosened by Mike Tyson, who (at Smith’s request) was demonstrating the combination he used to stop Frank Bruno.

Think James Smith might have a few stories to tell? So do we.

Join us this coming Sunday for what promises to be a wide-ranging conversation with a member of Florida’s Boxing Hall of Fame and a bona fide, one-of-a-kind media personality.

Listen to The Ringside Boxing Show live every Sunday at beginning at 4 p.m. Pacific, 5 Mountain, 6 Central, 7 Eastern. Visit for worldwide times.

Dennis Taylor is editor/publisher of and host of The Ringside Boxing Show.

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