When I saw the picture of the guy in the article and started reading it, I got this idea of some New World Order, hostile takeover-type plan. Lol. Glad I kept reading though...
Maybe I felt that way because Im used to shifty/no structure in the business portion of the sport, lol. It's almost like one of those "get in and get out" deals...something along the lines of the dope game.
The big guys in the game, live the flashy lifestyle, then either end up dead, in jail, or on that drug. In boxing, you live the high life, and either end up broke, brain damaged, or still fighting when its obvious that you need to hang 'em up...or the extreme...the combination of the 3 (Meldrick Taylor, Holyfield).
Anyhow, as Franchize mentioned, the boxing business makes it seem like some type of taboo if a fighter has their money & business in order, refuses to get fucked, and cares whether or not they can string along an Elementary level sentence when they hang 'em up.
THIS part stuck out for me...
There hasn’t been any investment in anything in the sport. There’s no apprenticeship of trainers. No apprenticeship of cut men. We’re going to look for the next generation: new judges, new officiating, a new way to produce the television program. Boxing looks the same as it has for 50 years. For us, the health of the athlete will come first. We’re constantly monitoring with a physical therapist. We deal with a concussion institute. Sports psychologist. All that stuff.
This is essential in our sport, and that shit is lacking BIG TIME! If I remember correctly, the NFL was going through that nasty bargaining agreement, but ended up making sure that everybody was taken care of. NFLPA Discretionary use of $20M per year for health, safety and former player issues
is what I believe will take care of former player with on-going health issues (somebody help me out here).
Anyhow, boxing needs to follow some type of platform, because it is indeed a barbaric sport. The sad thing is, casual fans (and even some hardcore fans) could give a shit about the fighter's health, they just want to see "knockouts". Sometimes I could care less myself, because of the money that some of these guys make. The Golden Rule in boxing is "Protect Yourself At All Times", and anybody nowadays that steps in the ring should know that it applies in AND out of the ring.