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post Oct 10 2012, 07:26 AM
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When one walks into a boxing gym, see's the blood stained canvas of a boxing ring, smells the saturated scenting of old leather and sweat, start a hard rigerours schedule of pushing your body to its very last limit, then ultimately lacing the gloves up for the first time and feeling a deliberate series of punched punishing the head and body, one has to wonder why anyone would choose to box as a career. I have always been firm on the belief that boxing is a sport that needs to be chosen. I couldnt simply bring my son into the gym and make him fight. It is a sport he has to choose. But why would he? Whats the motivation to make him sacrifice time and body to something that can ruin his physical and mental health?
One fighter watches HBO, Showtime, or Espn and says "hey, I wanna be that guy". "I wanna hold that belt high and be the champion of the world". Or is it "Damn, that dude is paid, I want all that, I want that house them cars, the celebrity status".. In short, to each his own. Every champion has had to sacrifice at one point, but Im starting to see an entire new trend in boxing. There are few who really want that strap, and would rather have the name and notoriety. I lets take a recent example: Miguel Cotto, a fighter who is likey on the downhill side of his career even though he fought a valiant fight with Floyed, takes a risky fight in undefeated Austin Trout. A fight he may likey lose depending on his mental state. But heres a guy who has a name and can wait on a Canelo, or what have you to make a huge payday but instead takes a fight with a young hungry, proven champion...and for what? ..Cotto want that belt. Cotto want to be the best and still feels he can...after war after war he chooses this guy? Thats admirable imo.
One the other hand we have a fighter like lets say as previosly mentioned Canelo. Now Im not saying he isnt a tremendous fighter with exceptional talent. Im not even saying this is his fault, perhaps his promoters are doing a great job. We can input many more names in this slot. Canelo's name is becoming household. But imo he's being rushed into stardom and hasnt proved it against anyone (other than an aged Mosely). Some fighters get a little exposure and think they are the pinnacle of the sport. Canelo is good, damn good, but he hasnt arrived yet.
If you ask me I wanna be a champion. Tested, proven, and still hungry. I wanna be an Andre Ward, or a Bernard Hopkins. An underdog, whos legacy is more important than a big paycheck. Sure every fighter wants to cash out at some point. But while your in your prime I fell they should make prime moves. Wipe out your division or die trying.
If you were a fighter, as some here are, what would be your motivation?
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post Oct 10 2012, 01:35 PM
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QUOTE (BoxingStill#1 @ Oct 10 2012, 07:26 AM) *
When one walks into a boxing gym, see's the blood stained canvas of a boxing ring, smells the saturated scenting of old leather and sweat, start a hard rigerours schedule of pushing your body to its very last limit, then ultimately lacing the gloves up for the first time and feeling a deliberate series of punched punishing the head and body, one has to wonder why anyone would choose to box as a career. I have always been firm on the belief that boxing is a sport that needs to be chosen. I couldnt simply bring my son into the gym and make him fight. It is a sport he has to choose. But why would he? Whats the motivation to make him sacrifice time and body to something that can ruin his physical and mental health?
One fighter watches HBO, Showtime, or Espn and says "hey, I wanna be that guy". "I wanna hold that belt high and be the champion of the world". Or is it "Damn, that dude is paid, I want all that, I want that house them cars, the celebrity status".. In short, to each his own. Every champion has had to sacrifice at one point, but Im starting to see an entire new trend in boxing. There are few who really want that strap, and would rather have the name and notoriety. I lets take a recent example: Miguel Cotto, a fighter who is likey on the downhill side of his career even though he fought a valiant fight with Floyed, takes a risky fight in undefeated Austin Trout. A fight he may likey lose depending on his mental state. But heres a guy who has a name and can wait on a Canelo, or what have you to make a huge payday but instead takes a fight with a young hungry, proven champion...and for what? ..Cotto want that belt. Cotto want to be the best and still feels he can...after war after war he chooses this guy? Thats admirable imo.
One the other hand we have a fighter like lets say as previosly mentioned Canelo. Now Im not saying he isnt a tremendous fighter with exceptional talent. Im not even saying this is his fault, perhaps his promoters are doing a great job. We can input many more names in this slot. Canelo's name is becoming household. But imo he's being rushed into stardom and hasnt proved it against anyone (other than an aged Mosely). Some fighters get a little exposure and think they are the pinnacle of the sport. Canelo is good, damn good, but he hasnt arrived yet.
If you ask me I wanna be a champion. Tested, proven, and still hungry. I wanna be an Andre Ward, or a Bernard Hopkins. An underdog, whos legacy is more important than a big paycheck. Sure every fighter wants to cash out at some point. But while your in your prime I fell they should make prime moves. Wipe out your division or die trying.
If you were a fighter, as some here are, what would be your motivation?


great topic and great post!!!

i'll say...some, if not most, want both. the fighters you have mentioned have all been carefully developed to achieve both. i think in most situations...legacy comes before the paydays...meaning...a fighter really has to take on big risks (legacy builders, if u will) before they can get those big pay days.

mayweather, cotto, ward, bhop and even canelo have all flown under the radar at some point in their careers to build up into the stars they are today. some took on bigger challenges than others...but they all took on challenges.

as for canelo...u have to put his situation in perspective. he's a very young dude who has basically been developed in the pros. for him to get to 40 something fights without a loss is an amazing accomplishment when u consider his amateur background or lack thereof. i'll agree...he hasn't taken on the big challenges like the others mentioned...but when u consider his age...he's on course.
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