RingSide-Lined

In news that has gone a bit under the radar, Sky Sports have announced that they will be cancelling their weekly boxing show RingSide from the end of this month.  Hosted by Johnny Nelson and Adam Smith, with the help of the knowledgeable Ed Robinson, Ringside is the sole boxing programme that Sky carry on a weekly basis.
 
This comes as a blow to boxing fans in the UK.  Although Sky have said they will be moving some of the content to its online platform, the access to weekly boxing TV has taken another hit. 
 
Although often maligned as being a soft touch on boxers (who can remember the last time Johnny & Adam grilled someone, apart from in the ring at the back?!) the programme gives key exposure to not only the top level Sky fighters but also the grass roots of the sport.  Often they have visited amateur gyms around the country or shown some of the top amateur prospects long before they get exposed elsewhere.
 
Also the show has been key in building up some of the highest profile fights in British boxing.  Who can forget the tension on set between Froch and Groves ("Are you going to cry Carl?  Don't cry) and recently one of the seats was taken up by Dillian Whyte as Sky clearly build him up as a potential opponent for Joshua in the future.
 
There have also been some brilliant one off specials with the older fighters, including visits from Ricky Hatton, Mike Tyson, Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn (not together unfortunately!!).
Froch and Groves on RingSide
Also there is always a good round up of what's going on around the world each week.  The analysis provided by Ed Robinson has started to come into its own over time, and the technical insight provided by Nelson in the ring is often eye opening to those that may not appreciate the finer skillsets of the fighters.
 
Undoubtedly it's a disappointment - by no means is it a nail in the coffin of boxing on Sky (Eddie has his new deal in place remember) but as boxing fans, we have a right to feel let down that the weekly magazine programme is going.
 
Read more about our view on Sky's coverage here