QUOTE (KOpower @ Jul 21 2012, 11:15 AM)
Not someone outside of the boxing game. You go to a big firm and pay them money to represent you and they sure as hell won't rob you. Their reputation as a firm is far more important than trying to swindle a few million from some boxing chump.
I wouldn't want ANYONE that makes boxing their everything. If promoting fights/fighters is their primary source of income/fame...then you are far more likely to fatten your pockets that way.
Unfortunately you are somewhat incorrect. Independence is an assured route for those who have the wherewithall to see it all the way thru and has a great product. Have you ever worked in entertainment before? I got my start in marketing thru a company called Chrewd who just so happened to be the biggest marketing firm in Chicago and it was by marketing movies, sports, music releases and all other forms of entertainment.
You will not find one BIG artist who will tell you that they prefer a "firm" over doing it their own way. I find people who depend on others to make them or to assist them have what I call the lazy gene. Who is going to push your career better then you? a firm? LOl that's ridiculous.
Rapper 50 cent =independent, he had a gold album before he blew up and people don't even know that. You look at a Spike Lee or a Tylerr Perry=Self contained and independent, all they do is use a studio for distribution. Some of the best boxers to lace'em up have done it this way. I think Sugar Ray Leonard did it the best. He used different promoters and contracted them out to promote the fight. He set up the venues his self, the purse splits all went thru him, etc. (ring a bell?)..I bet if you aks Larry Holmes which he prefers he'd definitely say independent lol
One of my best friends who turned pro a little over a year ago does it this way and he's doing quite well for himself. He's a middleweight by the name of Byron Traylor, he used to train with Paul Williams in D.C., he has a team of investors and he makes more money fighting thru that system then he would with a promo boxing company