QUOTE (Eighty88Eight @ Aug 2 2011, 01:20 PM)
Because you can't foresee strict testing being implemented across boxing mean all well-intentioned, smart, willful people involved with boxing should stop trying to make that happen? What, other than the past, informs your foresight? Boxing is being increasingly marginalized, and the violence of the sport isn't what's driving viewers away. It's the whiff of illegitimacy of the sport detected by all who even casually follow it; from it's cheating athletes, cheating promoters, crooked judges... all coupled with it's distribution problems (premium networks, ppv's, expensive tickets) is what is, and has been, perverting the sport. The greatest sport ought to have the greatest standards.
What a load of bollocks. Boxing when it was at it's mainstream largest had just as much corruption (if not more) than it does now. Fighters were controlled by the mob, even the top guys took dives against bums because they were told to.
I'll give you another sport which you probably don't know much about and that is cricket. It is massive in Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Well over a billion viewers and many of them fanatics. There has ben so much match fixing that has come to light in recent years to make the whole sport look comical but cricket in that part of the world is bigger than ever.
PPV's and the distribution model, I will agree are hurting the sport, but the crooked judges and cheating fighters part is, with greatest respect, rubbish. The same kind of shit is going on in practically every pro sport you can think of.