Within the first half of the 20th Century there have been Three “Main” sports activities: baseball, horse racing, and boxing. Horse racing and boxing are slowing dying, and boxing, greater than horse racing, has finished it to itself. Final century, probably the most prestigious particular person sports activities title — in addition to probably the most well-known athlete — was normally the heavyweight boxing champion. Fast — identify the present heavyweight champion. OK, as most of you recognize, there has not been just one heavyweight champion on a constant foundation for 30 years, however that’s the level. Do the names Ruslan Chagaev (from Uzbekistan, WBA), Samuel Peter (Nigerian, WBC), and Wladimir Klitschko (Ukrainian, IBF & WBO) ring a bell (no pun supposed)?
There was eight World Champions — ya know, eight weight courses — eight World Champions. Is sensible. Everybody knew the heavyweight champion, sports activities followers might additionally identify the middleweight champion, and severe boxing followers might identify all eight World Champions. Now there are 17 weight courses and four organizations for a doable 68 World Champions. There may be near that variety of World Champions at any given time and a lot of the “Champions” in the identical weight class have by no means fought one another. Feels like an excellent approach to run a sport. Now, admittedly, you wouldn’t have to be good to be a boxer, however do the folks operating the game need to be that dumb?
There are quite a few stars in every of the opposite sports activities who’re well-known, particularly in American Soccer, MLB, basketball, and soccer/soccer (both worldwide or within the nation the place that athlete performs). The distinction is that these athletes compete frequently AND do it in entrance of enormous crowds AND big non-paying tv audiences. The followers have a lot of alternatives to turn into accustomed to them — by way of the sporting occasions and the fixed media protection of those occasions. Boxers don’t compete typically sufficient to develop 68 stars. There are a number of causes that boxing is dying, nevertheless, having quite a few “faux champions” that nobody ever has heard of — is the primary motive. It’s clear as day (even Mike Tyson — maybe with Leon Spinks’s assist — might determine it out) and for the final 30 years nobody has finished something about it.
For sake of completeness, listed below are another theories (not all mine) as to why boxing it dying:
1. Playing and corruption (admittedly, this all the time existed, in fact; nevertheless, Don King made it extra prevalent, gave it extra publicity, and made it much more annoying).
2. An excessive amount of time between fights.
Three. The fights that the general public actually need to see both by no means occur or we get them a number of years too late.
four. All the large fights need to be paid for on pay per view (did you pay $60 to look at the Tremendous Bowl?).
5. Present boxing champions lack charismatic personalities.
6. The promoter rips off the boxer after the boxer has finished a lot of the onerous work and acquired the life- threatening bodily punishment (“pimp-ho relationship”).
7. The perfect athletes not go into boxing due to the bodily toll it takes on them (with Ali’s bodily situation a continuing unhappy reminder). Because of this, in the present day’s boxers will not be as thrilling to look at.
eight. Right this moment’s society’s objection to boxing’s violence and occasional deaths (though given the recognition of MMA/UFC that is most likely not an excellent argument).
That offers us 10 causes (too many weight courses and sanctioning our bodies being the opposite 2) — that’s a number of causes — with a number of of them being vital issues. So, how can boxing clear up this mess and save itself from its sluggish dying? Properly, it is not going to be simple and it would by no means occur. Nonetheless, not surprisingly, I’ve a number of strategies.
First, get one worldwide sanctioning physique to run the game. I wouldn’t have an answer on find out how to power this to occur, nevertheless, I do know that boxing won’t ever be standard once more till that is finished. Second, whittle the variety of weight courses right down to 10 (12 on the most). The brand new champion is compelled to battle the number one ranked contender FIRST and inside 6 months of profitable the title. If he wins, then he has to battle the battle the quantity 2 contender subsequent and inside 6 months of the final battle. In the meantime the disposed-of World Champion has to battle the quantity Three contender (if he doesn’t retire) inside 6 months, with the winner changing into the brand new quantity 2 contender (since there might be a loser from the primary battle I discussed). (OK, so this isn’t good, however one thing needs to be finished in order that the perfect fighters give up ducking one another and boxing followers get to see the perfect fighters battle one another.) As well as, the champion won’t ever be allowed to battle somebody NOT ranked within the high 5 until he has crushed all the highest 5 contenders, then that fighter has to ranked in high 10. You get the thought.
All boxer-manager contracts need to be accepted by the sanctioning physique, and the contract should adhere to the rules and guidelines (with limits on the share of cash a supervisor can obtain) which have been beforehand set by the sanctioning physique.
All Championship Bouts can have a 10 spherical most — this can improve the quantity of motion per spherical. All bouts can have not less than 5 judges and the Championship Bouts can have 9 judges. Substitute the ten level should system with a Three (or 5) level should system and encourage the referees to present extra 2 level differentials once they rating the bout (some Three-1 scores versus all Three-2 scores). Appeals of selections of bouts might be allowed inside motive and 9 new judges will re-score the battle. (OK, so this isn’t good both, however one thing needs to be finished to eliminate, or not less than restrict, all of the corruption in boxing.)
Solely Championships Bouts might be on pay-per-view, all different bouts might be on cable and community tv (except for the opening acts on the pay-per-view occasions, all of which have to be bouts that decide who will subsequent battle for the Championship in a specific weight class). This may not be ideally suited both, however not less than boxing followers will get their cash’s value (particularly since there might be solely 10 World Champions as a substitute of 60).
I’m certain there are extra causes as to why มวยโลก is dying and extra doable options to boxing’s issues. And these strategies may not clear up all of boxing’s issues and stop it from dying a sluggish dying, however not less than they may take boxing off life help that it’s presently on.