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Boxing hopes to make a comeback

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)

  • Mapultoid

    This article was so good I’m glad I got to read it twice.

  • fightlinker

    yeah, damn wordpress is being ballso with my shitty internet connection, I have to verify every post after making it to fix whatever happened to go wrong

  • FightStinker is RIGHT!

    boxing will never be back on top. The fights are pointless and boring. Who wants to see a hugging match between 2 guys? I’d rather sit through an episode of friends then watch boxing.

  • Márcio

    Boxing is old news man. What’s the point of watching two dudes dancing around and hugging each other for way too long? It’s not even a fight, just a game with lots of rules. The winner is just better at playing under those rules but not necessarily the best fighter. And honestly those guys aren’t even the best strikers, put those guys against the top K1 and Muay Thai fighters and we all know what would happen.
    MMA is the proving ground for the world’s best fighters. And if I want to see a good stand up war I’ll watch some K1 or Showtime. Can’t see any interest in boxing for the average MMA fan.

  • Aaron

    Bah! There’s just too much that’s fucked about professional boxing. There’s no longer any way average joe’s can relate. Boxers have to have such a huge amount of amateur fights before turning pro, they’re just so damned far removed from regular guys. Plus the idea of boxing is so far removed from reality. Have you ever seen people scrapping that didn’t end up with a clinch, or a takedown? I’ve been in some scraps before, but never an actual fight (with punches, that’s the diff with me) because I’ve always used my wrestling to end things before someone got hurt. To ignore the oldest form of combat is, well, silly.

    My only worry is that today’s ADD osciety could lose interest in MMA while it’s slitt fledgling, while boxing’s tradition can keep it afloat.

  • Allah Ackbar

    Who the fuck cares about the rules of boxing “holding it back?” It’s a sport for God’s sake. There are going to be rules and restrictions to any respectable sport or else you end up with something like the old Vale Tudo matches in Brazil and the first few UFC’s which sucked unless you’re a psychopath who relishes bloodsports and horrible athletes. Saying boxing sucks because they’re not allowed to use the full arsenal of attacks available to the human body is like saying basketball sucks because dribbling the ball slows a guy down and he should be able to tuck it under his arm and run with it, using more of his body’s potential.

    I can see where you’re coming from when you say boxing is boring, but when you justify that statement by saying it’s because there’s not kicking, elbowing, or grappling involved, you’re just being retarded.

  • jjdnb

    I dont hate boxing but at the same time, i dont love it either, not since Tyson stopped fighting.
    If they stop with the bs and put good fights together, i would gladly watch. And maybe make some sort of incentive for more action as appose to Mayweather style fighting.

  • DannyP72

    Hey jjdnb, maybe you should of catched some boxing last month. It was only filled with foty candiate fights every single weekend.

    Yeah cover more boxing.

  • Xavier

    Boxing won’t come back until there’s a legit heavyweight for people to care about. Once that happens (and it will at some point) then people will start to care again.

    Without a strong heavyweight division, boxing doesn’t get the trickle-down fans to their other lighter divisions.

  • Mobb Deep

    I’m actually starting to get into boxing a little. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll never drop a dime on a boxing PPV, but if a barnburner like Cassmayor-Katsides is on free TV, I’ll watch. Sorry for cheating on you MMA.

  • Dibiase

    Watching every goddamn mma event and reading everything i can find has actually gotten me back into boxing…sorta… I hit the sites just to read how some mma show went and on the same page theres a glowing boxing review i check it out. still not forkin out 50-60 dollars for a ppv but hey downloading and checking out a cple fights is something I would have never had done even 12 motnhs ago.