QUOTE (Lil-lightsout @ Oct 9 2009, 08:23 PM)
Yeah, it used to be nice before when fighters fought more often.Some fighters(Champs) would even fight non-title fights just for there fans and to stay sharp and make some money. Why does that not happen anymore?
It was definitely different back then. We have to also remember that during the times fighters fought as often as 10 fights a year or whatever, the pay days were not nearly as big as they are today and title shots were harder to come by.
Because of all that, fighters back then were more willing to stay in shape in between fights and thus they were able to fight more often. Nowadays fighters let their weight get so out of control that their training camps are used to make the weight as opposed to using them to get sharp for the fight.
Fighters are too spoiled and given too much superstar treatment these days. Back then it wasn't that easy. Even Sugar Ray Robinson didn't get a shot at the welterweight title till he was about 25 or 26. Nowadays you got fighters like Victor Ortiz for instance who have big promotion behind them and aren't really proven but get the type of exposure that fighters who were working hard on the come up did not get even if they were the number 1 contender of their division.
But it goes both ways in a sense. While I would like to have 15 rounds and maybe do same day weigh ins, I'm glad that today 8 ounce gloves are used instead of 6 ounce(I think thats what the welterweights fought with back in the 40s for instance). And the refs are more on point about stopping a fight when necessary as opposed to letting a guy get his head taken off even if his hands were at his side.