QUOTE (Jack 1000 @ Jul 25 2012, 12:17 PM)
Good for boxing to have more boxing on commercial networks!
But, its dollars to donuts that they will put the Olympians in with bums just to pom-pom the "Smiling Sweethearts." (i.e Fuck! I can hear Lamply now!!!!) I'd rather have more of what NBC Sports is doing, good two-sided competitive fights and wait till the Olympians are 22-0 and within six months of a title shot. Until then, spar us from their "bum of the month road show."
this to me is a problem with fans and the lack of understanding on what it takes to transition and develop a fighter from the amateurs into the pro ranks. not everyone can come out guns a blazing....they need to be brought along properly to ensure future success in the pro ranks. sometimes/most times....that means putting them in with soft touches so they can become accustomed to fighting without headgears in front of hostile crowds. some fighters take longer than others...but this is a process that must be done strategically. while the fighters may appear as bums...each opponent serves it's purpose if it's done properly. once in a while, u get a leonard or a mayweather who comes into the pro ranks and they hit the ground running. those are extremely rare cases. while agree nbc's approach to the fights is much more entertaining...i really enjoy watching talent develop.
i remember when andre ward turned pro...i was not impressed at all. he looked like a poor man's roy jones. his defense sucked. if my memory serves me correctly, i believe he was dropped early in his career. then all the naysayers came out in full force. the best thing ward's ppl did was to pull him from the hbo cards so that they could have more say on who they faced to develop ward. he disappeared from television. while he was off television...he went to school. i got to see him in some of those fights live...here in cali...and i can tell u he really learned his craft. now today...some years later...he's one of the best in the sport. not every fighter develops at the same pace. i think cbs' approach can serve to educate fans that these guys aren't born great....it's a process.