QUOTE (ROLL DEEP @ Sep 23 2010, 10:26 AM)
Whilst I don't think it's 'dead' it's certainly not alive and kicking either.
In the UK, we've had the two biggest names, Calzaghe and Hatton, both drive the sport into the dark depths of drug abuse. We have the vast majority of the public who know a lot more about MMA then they do about boxing. In the national papers, boxing fans are lucky to have a small, text only article in the bottom of the back pages which is normally a few lines only. Boxing is never on terrestrial TV and hardly ever on in pubs.
It's HARD WORK being a boxing fan in England. We have to search and search for fight information. Trying to follow English fighters is damn near impossible as there is no exposure of them.
Like I said, boxing isn't dead.....yet. We've got a brief spell of publicity at the moment with the Haye/Harrison fight, but other than that, it's not looking brilliant.
I don't know Roll, I think we are heading into a boom time over here. Although the days of terrestrial tele showing boxing have long since passed, we do get far more boxing (albeit on Sky) than we have ever had before. And I mean ever. It was wrong of Sky to make last weekends show PPV but I think it must mean they are getting large viewing figures for their non-pay shows to even consider making that last one PPV.
We've got plenty of solid prospects on the up, an all-British heavyweight title fight (yeah, us hardcore fans mock it but it heightens the profile of the sport to the majority) and a couple of world champions...plus Ricky Burns...
Hatton (his fans were just footy fans who liked the bloke) was already retired, as was Calzaghe, and he was Welsh anyway and the only people who liked him were either Welsh or stupid...
Olympic Gold medalist James Degale is riding high (nah, I don't think he's all that) and his ring persona is turning him into a love hate figure...always good for the sport. George Groves, who would kick Degales arse IMO, Nathan Cleverly (welsh but like-able), Kell Brook who could be in line to face Pac (unlikely but) and many more decent up and coming fighters.
I agree, you have search it out and you have to be a sky subscriber to see the boxing but at least these days we get to see a lot of the overseas fights as well. Steve Bunce does a radio show once a week which is always good...um...yeah, I'm remaining positive about the sport over here.
The demise of Setanta was a big blow though, a massive blow.
Yeah, big fights that should happen by rights, not happening, for whatever pathetic reason they don't happen (Floyd, Haye take note), kick the sport in the bollocks but despite it being a dry time right now I'm always gonna remain optimistic that the future will be brighter.
If it's dying in America I wouldn't know...but all it will take is one fighter from that massive nation to re-ignite the sport in the eyes of those who have become disenchanted.