5/4/06 - The Fall of Boxing
Quick, name the top 5 boxers in the world. The top 3? The best?
Boxing has fallen into a state of disrepair with numerous unknowns and far toomany belts up for grabs. How they maintain the huge paydays are beyond me. I know few people who order the pay-per-views anymore.
The funny part is that I was once a huge fight fan. I loved the term the "sweet science" and I certainly loved Mike Tyson's Punch Out as kid. I understood boxing to be something more than a primal display of manhood. There was strategy and determination. And, sometimes the underdog won.
But, the world of boxing has dissapated and I hate that. Like many other sports it became too commercial for its own good. I doubt it will ever become mainstream again. Did you know there was a time in American history when boxing was among the most popular sports in America. I highly suggest the documentary Unforgetable Blackness. It's the tale of Jack Johnson, perhaps the greatest boxing story ever told as he over came racism in this country. Another documentary worth checking out is When We Were Kings, the true story of the Rumble in the Jungle. Both of these documentaries illustrate a time when boxing was great. Oh, how it was fallen.
Those of you who ruined boxing with huge paydays and corporate sellouts: I hate you.