QUOTE (FinitoElDinamita @ May 29 2011, 12:42 PM)
I agree that these catchweight titlefights are ridiculous and getting out of hand but as far as these multiple sanctioning bodies go, they're necessary. Despite what people think of these paper titles, networks pay more when there is a title on the line so belts do mean alot to these up n coming fighters. Once you're at the top like Pacman and Floyd, belts become irrelevant but unless your in that statues, belts mean a whole lot. IT's like a winning lottery ticket, something fighters can use to cash out for big paydays.
This is why the sport is in the state it's in now. Television networks the world over have mugged off the fans, the real fans of the sport, in order to gain larger viewing figures. They played on the "it has to be for a title or people won't be interested" bollocks and now, today, it has gotten so out of hand it's basically fucked everything up. Two geezars, both hard as fuck, it's primal instinct to wanna know who is the better fighter. People who never fight, have never fought, don't know fuck all about fighting, run this crap now and their ignorance is destroying shit big time.
The only answer is one belt per division. No catchweights. A rule whereby you have to fight, defend your belt every 3 months. TV will drive the sport underground but it will rise again. Long live the hunger, long live the recession!