In This Corner is proud to be celebrating their 5th anniversary on the air. The show first debuted on April 1, 2004 on The Empire Sports Network. Since then, In This Corner has grown to become the foremost Boxing Television Show in the World.
The Concept of In This Corner was born out of the mind of its host, James Smith who saw the need for an unbiased and in depth show that gave World Champions a platform to tell their stories in their own words. Teaming up with Producer Jon Hait and Director of Photography and Editor Pat Harris, Smitty was now able to make this concept a reality. This three man team plowed forward with production and as soon as Program Directors saw the show, they made a place in their line-ups for In This Corner.
In This Corner wants to especially thank all of these networks that they have had the honor of being on SportsNet New York, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Southeast, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast Local Michigan, SportsTime Ohio, Altitude Sports, The America One Network, The Black Family Channel and Empire Sports Network.
Now that the show was being seen around the country via DirecTV and The Dish Network, who carry these regional sports networks, all the big name Champions of the sport of boxing got to see what a great vehicle In This Corner was and were happy to have a place to share their life stories with the millions of boxing fans who up until this point had only gotten brief glimpses into these fascinating personalities. The most unique and compelling feature of In This Corner has been the In Ring Demonstrations wherein each of the guests break down there skills with Smitty in the ring. This had never been attempted as a regular component for television analysis and has become the most popular part of the show amongst both the fans and the fighters.
In This Corner would like to thank all of the guests who have gave so graciously of their time and insights. Guests have included Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, Evander Holyfield, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Joe Calzaghe, Diego Corrales, Manny Pacquiao, Winky Wright, Ricky Hatton, James “Buster” Douglas, Glen Johnson, Chris Byrd, Hasim Rahman, John Ruiz, Johnny Tapia, Wayne McCullough, Kevin Kelly, Christy Martin, Carlos Palomino, Mike McCallum, Samuel Peter, President of the Boxer’s Union Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Referee Joe Cortez, and legendary trainers Emanuel Steward and Angelo Dundee.
Over the years, In This Corner has bolstered its business thanks to the contributions of Executive Producer Carrie Tyler Stoafer and Web Designer Rick Cameron. In the last year, In This Corner has expanded its coverage to the internet with great success thanks to its new partners Secondsout.com and Maxboxing.com who are working hard to expand their coverage globally. Through the website www.InThisCornerTV.com and the Youtube Channel www.Youtube.com/inthiscorner, this new distribution has allowed In This Corner to offer more content than ever. especially its fight week reports, to an ever growing audience that has reached over 100,000 viewers per video. This expansion has only just begun and In This Corner has big plans for the future.