We keep hearing that boxing is stupid and they shot themselves in the foot, shin, knee, thigh, crotch, stomach, neck, and face. But how often do you really get a glimpse in the madness that sunk the sport? Check this shit out:
Many observers agree that the increased number of weight classes in boxing has been a real turn off for fans. The World Boxing Council sanction titles at seventeen different weights. These range from Minimumweight (below 105 pounds) to Heavyweight (over 200 pounds). The UFC has five weight divisions, ranging from Lightweight (145 to 155 pounds) to Heavyweight (205 to 265 pounds).
The early UFCs were open weight affairs and the promotion has shown little interest in introducing smaller weight classes. Boxing has eleven weight classes below 147 pounds. Although greed has undoubtedly played a part in the creation of additional weight classes in boxing, there is a genuine safety issue, particularly in a striking sport.
Seventeen different weight classes. Seventeen! And for those of you who don’t think Gary Shaw is evil, peep this: he’s already doing all sorts of whack shit with weird weight classes and catch weights. Honestly I’m not a huge fan of weight classes. I get ‘the point’ of them, but I have no idea what the fuck is going on in Shaw’s head having 155 and 165 pound divisions. The last thing we need is more ways to divide talent up so they never get to fight eachother.