There’s a glowing article at PhillySportsline lauding the return of boxing, and while the article glosses over some mistakes and continued problems, it’s generally on the money for why and how boxing has managed to get back up before the count. HBO Senior VP Mark Taffet sez:
“Through the past 18 months there has been a very conscious effort by everyone in any position of responsibility in the sport to do everything possible to keep it on top and restore it to its rightful place in the sports world,” he said in a Tuesday phone interview.
“TV executives, boxers, promoters, they all made the commitment. There was no specific incident that caused it. It was a confluence of factors that made us all realize, though we weren’t taking for granted the position of our sport, things were out of equilibrium.”
“Whatever the reason, the prevailing mindset used to be that, in a big fight, the winner won big and the loser lost big, but that was an obstacle to promoters continuing to make big fights,” he said.
“The last few years, the guys who don’t win in the big fights are still able to get right back in line because the quality of the fights have been so high.
“You can see an endless series over the next 12-18 months involving some of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world. The quality is there, and the desire to keep putting guys together to make the best fights is higher than it’s been in years.”
There’s still a lot of inherent problems with boxing that need to be resolved before I think you’ll see it return to the mainstream spotlight like it was before. Personally, I’m not a big fan of fighters having such retarded control over the terms of their fight contracts (immediate rematch clauses and other such nonsense), or the fact that cards rest solely on the back of the main event. You’ve also got the issue that in today’s ADD society, the average boxing match is way too fucking long, with 10 – 12 round fights taking FOREVER. At least with the UFC when you’ve got a bad fight it’ll be over in 15 minutes.
Anyways, I know y’all hate boxing and hate me talking about boxing. But I’m all about good fights and if boxing can figure out a way to consistently not suck, I’m down for watching it.
(thanks MMA Payout for the link)