You know a ship is sinking when you see the rats jumping off. And just like a sinking ship, all of the rats are jumping off boxing and trying to swim to the lifeboat known as MMA. I’m not a subscriber to the ‘boxing is dead’ attitude … in fact I’ve begun to think that boxing might be on the upswing. But that hasn’t stopped a whole bunch of big fat rats from hitting up the MMA phenomenon.
Latest in this fine tradition is Tonya Harding, who turned to boxing and porn to pay the bills after getting banned for life from figure skating (an impressive accomplishment). I guess she figures her boxing skills will translate well in MMA, and to help translate it looks like the promoters have found someone with no MMA or boxing experience: Sara West. I’ve done my best to try and dig up any info on West but she simply does not exist online.
And Harding? She’s not doing any promo for this fight. No advertising that this is a new direction, a new serious career choice. Maybe this was supposed to be an ‘under the radar’ test … if she does well then she’ll start to make some noise. And of course being another fat rat from boxing looking to make a quick buck, Gary Shaw from EliteXC will probably book her.