Mike discusses some of the classic hot issues in boxing today
like mismatches, promoter dominance, sanctions that have
limited value and the direction he sees the sport going.
The presentation has some good historical data like the
average fights a competitor had going into a championship
title match. In the olden days the number was up into the
80s; whereas, now the number is between 24-27. Does this
mean that a championship belt has less value today? Who knows?
Mike points to champion boxers like Sugar Ray Leonard who
mastered footwork and the current Champion-Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
who is a master of timing and escaping from tough ring situations.
Clearly the author has a problem with the TV/media aspect of boxing with
huge stakes and perhaps over-control by the promoters. Is boxing on
the decline? It's doubtful given the huge purses, attendance and media
money raked in literally by the ton.
There are areas of boxing that could be reformed or made more
uniform. For instance, the boxing rulebook could come down from the
national level combining the best rule-making from various State-wide
Another area of reform could be in placing the referee and judges' purse
in escrow so that the promoter is not paying the judges directly. Historically,
the public has been wary of fight-fixing which comes from promoters paying
the judges on fight cards where the promoter has fighters represented.
The decline of boxing is hard to argue with career purses reaching as high
as $300 million for Mike Tyson and a figure approaching that number for
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. assuming that he can find competitive fights between
now and the end of his current contract.
The public still enjoys boxing. The enjoyment derives from seeing a
competitive fight with good footwork and assertive punching power. The
training of boxers has become more scientific with an "Elite Fighter"
emphasis based upon running and sprints, general exercises, boxing forms in the
ring, bagwork, pads, speed bag, push-ups, jump rope and sparring (not necessarily
in this order).
This reviewer does not believe that boxing will be going away anytime soon. It has
survived and thrived for centuries. There are areas where this reviewer, as well
as, the author see the need for reforms in order to deal forthrightly with the
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