Why is boxing the only profession were employees refuse to retire when they are passed their prime. Case in point: In boxing you have boxers that fight way pass their prime, Commentators and broadcasters that appear to be blind and senile and over the hill Promoters that refuse to call it quits. All this is killing the sport of boxing. You have a systemic problem were the youth are not allowed entry into the business of boxing and the top fight venues. Letís analyze the three.
Roy Jones, Benard Hopkins, James Toney, Antonio Tarver retire. You are much too old to perform at the elite level. Roy jones you are punch drunk and get knocked out cold by C level fighters. Hopkins, Toney and Tarver in your last fight you have sustained injuries that were most likely due to the fact that your body is not as agile as it once was because of ware and tare. You are not durable and cannot with stand the punishment to your bones. This is called old age. We could also add a list of heavy weights to this Evander Holifield, John Ruiz, Riddick Bowe etcÖ.. The list goes on!
Don King and Bob Arum will both be 80 by the end of the year. it is time for you two to call it quits. You have brought us some great fights. But, lately you have practiced a business plan that is self-centered and bitter against your peers. Yes I said peers not enemies. You treat other promoters as if they are fighting against you when you should be working together to create better fights. You are a cancer that is destroying boxing and need to let younger promoters in to reinvigorate the sport.
Larry Merchant you are 80 and are biased in your commentating half the time you do not know what is going on in that ring. You base your comments on a preconceived notion that you are the all-knowing (Boxing God) and your opinion is the Bible. Well itís not: It is time for you to run off into the sunset and become a spectator. HBO needs to revive its cast and usher in a new breed of commentators. Roy Jones and Max are great. You can even bring back Big George. But, you need to go.
Harold Ledderman I don't know what fights you are watching you seem to be watching a different fight than what I am seeing most of the time. Could it be that you are 71 and refuse to wear glasses or are you reminiscing on past fights and confusing with the presence.
As a fight fan I am appalled at this and it is unacceptable. We the consumer need to start writing to HBO and Showtime and voice our opinions and if things don't change we need to vote with our wallet and not pay for sub-standard prehistoric fossilization of the sport we love.