Bobby Smead always wanted to be the biggest loser. Not a loser as a
boxing manager and trainer, nor as a single parent. Rather he wanted
to be the biggest loser on the NBC television show “The Biggest Loser.”
Bobby weighed 452 lbs. when he applied as a contestant for this show.
Hoping to bolster his chances of being accepted, he gained an
additional 28 lbs. to weigh in at 480 lbs. Unfortunately, this
poundage paled to that of the person who was selected. The winner came
in at 600 lbs.
Bobby does take pride in the fact that from the 50,000 portly
applicants, he made it to the top four. He hopes eventually to be
selected and has begun eating a high calorie diet that should increase
his chances for a future appearance.
When he can separate himself from food concerns, Bobby has become one
of the newest and most respected manager/trainer/corner men in
the southern New England boxing scene. He is currently guiding
undefeated Vermont heavyweight Kevin Cobbs, New Bedford junior
welterweight Joel Alarcon and several budding young amateur prospects.
In fact, Bobby and Kevin Cobbs have been at the old Muhammad Ali
training camp in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania, for the last two weeks
helping Connecticut’s Chad Dawson prepare for an upcoming HBO
pay for view fight with world light heavyweight champion Bernard
Hopkins. This production is slated for October 15 at the Staples
Center in Los Angeles. Bobby is lobbying to get Cobbs a four or six
rounder bout on the undercard.
Although he is a likeable, good natured, everyone loves a fat
man type, Bobby brings a dead serious demeanor to the boxing gym. He
believes in the tough love concept in that what he says goes. He has
informed his charges it is either his way or the highway. He knows
how unforgiving boxing can be.
He utilizes the Heart Gym in New Bedford, the Police Athletic League
boxing facility in Fall River and the Lion’s Den in Middletown,
Connecticut, to train his fighters. Area boxing coaches indicate that
Bobby was once a promising light heavyweight/cruiserweight himself;
however, medical problems and lifestyle issues caused his weight to
balloon. Despite his size, he is surprisingly very agile when he holds
the punch pads for his guys.
He is 32 years old and is raising two daughters, ages nine and two, by
himself. He had formerly worked as a supervisory residential counselor
at the Meadowridge Behavioral Health Center in Swansea, Massachusetts.
He left this position to be a fulltime father and boxing functionary.
Boxing is his only source of income now and he knows that if he can
successfully guide his fighters up the boxing ladder, he will benefit
too. When his fighters win, he wins!
Campbell Boxing Report