Andy Lee Tired of "Biased" Commentary During Sky Sports Cards

By Carlos Boogs

Two weeks ago at Madison Square Garden in New York City, former middleweight world champion Andy Lee returned to the ring and picked up a decision win on the Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs undercard.

It was Lee's first fight since losing his WBO middleweight crown to Billy Joe Saunders in December of 2015.

Lee made a recent appearance on Newstalk's Off the Ball. Among the topics discussed was Katie Taylor's fourth professional fight. During that discussion, Lee took aim at what he feels is biased commentary during the Sky Sports broadcasts.


Lee is having a very hard time watching the boxing events being televised on Sky Sports, because he believes the commentary crew are extremely one-sided in favor of their network fighters - and almost all of those fighters are promoted by Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.  

"The people who go to these fights in England, they're not boxing fans, they are Sky Sports promotional fans. They just go to event; event fans. Half of them wouldn't know what they are watching. That's why the Sky commentary, to me, has been so damaging," Lee said.

"[The Sky Sports commentary team] are so biased toward the home fighters, and every time you watch a Sky boxing show, they call the fight wrong. Because they are so biased toward the home fighters, to their guys. They got one wrong again last [weekend], they do it all the time. I think Tony Bellew, in his unpolished way, says a lot of the right things. But the rest of them are singing from the same hymn sheet."

Lee was also shocked at what many felt was extreme trash talk between David Haye and Tony Bellew to promote their Sky Box Office Pay-Per-View, which took place earlier this month. The boxers took their war of words to new levels with all sorts of threats and vulgar language flying around during most of the promotion.

"I think we've reached peak trash talk. The Haye/Bellew stuff was unlike anything we'd seen was an insult to the sport. And the fight itself was a farce," Lee said.

"I've never engaged in any of the trash talk. I never have [come under pressure to do so]. Say with my fight with Billy Joe Saunders, it probably would have helped the fight, and it probably would have helped me, if he had said something. But we were just so respectful of one another. It has to come across as natural, as organic. When it's not real, everyone can see through it."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LetOutTheCage on 03-29-2017

[QUOTE=KING5TWENTY;17548617][B]Max Kellerman[/B] of hbo and Paulie Malignaggi of showtime are the best your getting. Al Berstein is Al he has been solid for years.[/QUOTE] Kellerman is a joke, just look at his post fight interview with Rungvisai. That was extremely…

Comment by LetOutTheCage on 03-29-2017

[QUOTE=frosty-g;17547774]Jim Watt was horrid to listen to, [B]sounded the most miserable in the world[/B][/QUOTE] I'm pretty sure that was due to him losing two of his children. Still I found his commentary pretty insightful and less biased than the likes…

Comment by chicken- on 03-28-2017

I long for a day when commentators are an optional audio stream that can be muted and still enjoy the sounds of the fight. Same goes for Football.

Comment by devildg on 03-28-2017

Lee is spot on. Brits are so cringeworthy to listen to. Especially the pre-fight and post-fight commentary.

Comment by Redd Foxx on 03-28-2017

I used to enjoy them but they've gotten particularly bad and find myself muting or dialing back the volume lately. BTW guys, the fact that HBO is biased doesn't make it ok for Sky to get a pass.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (52)
Top Headlines Claressa Shields-Christina Hammer Set For 11/17 In Atlantic City Wilder's Team Have 'No Desire' For New Meeting on Joshua Deal Matchroom Inks Eight Year Content Deal With DAZN Canada Lomachenko vs. Pedraza Official For December 8, MSG Theater Angel Acosta vs. Abraham Rodriguez Tops Golden Boy Card News: Zhang Zhilei, Junior Younan, Kai Robin Havnaa, More Billy Joe Saunders Hit With £100,000 Fine By The BBBoC Jessie Vargas vs. Thomas Dulorme To Have WBC Silver at Stake Cunningham: I'll Resurrect Lubin, Guarantee He Will Rule at 154 Hearn: If Fury Beats Wilder, Rematch Will Prevent Joshua-Fury WBC Prez on Porter-Spence Unification, Thurman's Direct Shot Tony Bellew: I Know I'll Find A Way To Beat Usyk; I Always Do JJ McDonagh Blasts Eubanks as "Fakes" Nicola Adams Aims To Blast Out Millan For WBO Crown Usyk: One Reason We Agreed To Face Bellew - Is To Get Joshua! Michael Conlan: Vladimir Nikitin Will Be My First Step Up Golovkin's Coach Doubts Age Will Be a Factor in Canelo Trilogy Brian Rose Vows To Make His Comeback in Top Form Incessant Sanctioning Silliness Prompts Alternative Crusade Canelo Has No Issue Working Out New Deal With HBO Anthony Joshua: Dillian Whyte Deserves it More Than Tyson Fury Gamboa Views Juanma as Springboard To Lomachenko Fight Anthony Joshua Asks Tyson Fury: Why Am I a Sh*thouse? Alantez Fox Picks Up Return Win, Beats Elvin Ayala Canelo Alvarez Receives Medical Clearance For December Fight Crolla: If I Win, A Good Chance The Lomachenko Fights Happens Bellew: If I Don't Stop After This, My Wife Will Divorce Me! Espinoza: Showtime Not Going Anywhere; Spending More $$$ In 2019 Salvador Briseno Inks Promotional With All Star Boxing News: Zuhayr Al-Qahtani, Ward, McCullough, Doyle, Egbunike Tony Bellew: Usyk is a Monster – But I Can Knock Him Out! Joshua's Promoter: The Sole Focus, 100%, is Wilder Fight in April Usyk-Bellew Card: Cordina-Cardle, Crolla-Yordan, Walsh-Lowe II Photos: Tony Bellew, Oleksandr Usyk - Face To Face at Presser Groves: We Are Supremely Confident of Beating Callum Smith Tony Bellew: I'm Not Scared Of Usyk's 'Crazy Ukrainian Look' Hearn: Joshua Had Horrific Camp, Flu Before Fighting Povetkin WBC Prez: Canelo vs. Charlo Status To Be Clarified at Convention Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin: Afterthoughts Nietes' Trainer: No Palicte Rematch, We Want The Best at 115

Latest Active Forum Threads