The Future of Boxing

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According to critics of the sport, boxing is close to death and has been for several years now. However, it’s hard for fans to swallow that theory as record purses and pay-per-view sales have been set on an annual basis. The latest big-money fight between undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on May 2nd resulted in the biggest paydays in sports history. Yes, even diehard boxing fans may admit the actual bout was disappointing, but all sports suffer from mediocre displays now and again.
Boxing fans will argue that the sport is far from being on its last legs and the latest events would appear to support that. For the first time in decades, boxing has reappeared on network television this year with the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series. Regular broadcasts of competitive and world title fights are being aired across North America and other parts of the world on a platform of several TV networks. PBC is the brainchild of promoter Al Haymon and he’s struck deals with the likes of ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports, Spike, Bounce TV and Tru TV. The cards are also broadcast live on Sirius XM radio.
The PBC programs are typically held on a Friday night or in the afternoons or evenings on a Saturday or Sunday. Fox will also be airing several Tuesday night bouts between September of 2015 and June, 2016. The Fox cards will be entitled Toe to Toe Tuesdays. The audience ratings for the shows have been quite good, but for some reason boxing can’t seem to avoid controversy and chaos no matter what the sport does. The bad news for fans is that Haymon’s PBC events are embroiled in several lawsuits filed by rival promoters such as Golden Boy and Top Rank.
Since sports are more or less a part of the entertainment industry, boxing has finally gotten with the times by airing numerous cards on non pay-per-view platforms. The sport has also caught the eye of a younger generation of fans with the recent release of the movie ‘Southpaw’, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams and rapper 50 Cent. Also, the world heavyweight championship fight in Dusseldorf, Germany between champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine and Tyson Fury of Britain on October 23rd will also include a concert by rock star Rod Stewart.
The bout and concert will be beamed live to millions of fans in dozens of countries across the globe as boxing attempts to modernize its events, much like the WWE and UFC have managed to do. But no matter how much glitz and glamour boxing adds to its cards, the fans show up and pay their hard-earned money to see action in the ring. It’s no secret that most of those in attendance are there to see knockouts while purists appreciate the science of the sport. The lack of action during the Mayweather vs Pacquiao bout is what made it such a disappointing spectacle after all of the hype and buildup.
You can read more of this article in our October 2015 issue of ModelsMania

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