2015 has the potential to be one the best years for boxing in a long time. A year that could bring boxing back into the forefront of world sports. With the amount of talented and focused fighters emerging on the scene, rivalries, rematches, bad blood, and diversity in boxing, all the ingredients are there to make 2015 an exciting year for the sport. But will it live up to its potential?
The problem is that too many people on the inside of boxing, the ones behind the scenes, are trying to work with the ingredients. With the big promotional companies such as Top Rank and Golden Boy and the loyalty fighters have to their side – its not surprising that the big fights are not being made more often.
Take that and add the time it takes to negotiate over money, weight, glove type, location and what you get is too much time and too many possibilities for a disagreement to be made.
Factor in super-adviser Al Haymon, with his finger in nearly every pie and boxing is in a world of trouble.
2014 has saw a world champion boxer, turn down a career high $1.4 million dollars to fight a relatively unknown prospect and relinquish his world title, just because it didn’t suit the business needs and connections of his adviser. What is going on?
In the 1970 and 80’s more often than not we saw the best fight the best. Yes, there were disagreements back then which I don’t dispute, but such agreements were more often than not ironed out – over come by the fighters desire to face each other in the ring at any cost.
Its not a secret that boxing has been in a slump the past ten years, partly due to the rising popularity of the UFC and that the mega-fights fans have clamored for in boxing, often than not haven’t happened.
I put blame on the fighters that let the sport get to the point that they, the ones who spend months training and putting their lives in jeopardy, don’t take more control and instead let their whole career be dictated by a manager or adviser that more often than not has their own pockets to consider before that of the fighter they are representing.
Again, yes I know sometimes they have a lot more to worry about with training, sparring and nutrition, but at the end of the day the fighter should be the boss. They should demand the fights they want – they are paying promoters and managers to work in their best interests.
Something needs to change…boxers need to take back boxing.