Former WBO middleweight champion, Andy Lee, has spoken out against Sky’s coverage of boxing – calling the broadcaster “biased” and referring to the Haye-Bellew fight as “a farce”.
Lee’s comments came while he appeared on Newstalk’s Off the Ball, after he was questioned about Katie Taylor’s progression as a professional and her appeal to boxing fans.
They are so biased toward the home fighters, and everytime you watch a Sky boxing show, they call the fight wrong.
“People are certainly aware of her now,” said Lee. “But the people who go to these fights in England, they’re not boxing fans, they are Sky Sports promotional fans. They just go to events – event fans. Half of them wouldn’t know what they are watching. That’s why the Sky commentary, to me, has been so damaging.
“They [Sky] are so biased toward the home fighters, and everytime 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 night, 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 then went on to condemn the seemingly hostile build up that surrounded the Haye-Bellew fight in early March.
“I think we’ve reached peak trash talk,” Lee said. “The Haye/Bellew stuff was unlike anything we’d seen before, it was an insult to the sport and the fight itself was a farce.
“I’ve never engaged in any of the trash talk. I never have. 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.”