Even in 2015, back and forth is still very common in the industry.
Boxing is one of the oldest sports around and as such carries a lot of history, baggage, and in some senses, old school.
There are many unfair and unwanted stereotypes associated with sport regarding things like corruption and redress, which in my opinion are totally inaccurate, uneducated and prejudiced slurs pointed at sport in the present day of 2015.
I can’t comment on how things were in the past, but what I can comment on is the time today and since I started in boxing journalism for the last few years.
Sport is now mainly managed by global television networks, sports management companies and sports promotion companies. In 2015, you wouldn’t get away with mass corruption in any sport – you would be found out.
I’m not saying that nothing bad ever happens in sport, that would be naive. But in my opinion, the same can be said of any professional sport or any professional business for that matter.
When money enters the equation, there will always be unscrupulous people looking to make a quick buck or take shortcuts.
Boxing politics is something that I do not yet exist in the game. In this article, I will not name any names for the sake of fairness, balance and objectivity.
At a time when the sport is really booming and is well on its way back to mainstream media for a variety of reasons, including major TV broadcasters investing in the sport again and the super fight Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao has been done, we are still seeing a lot of big fights not happening – which is very frustrating.
A well-known observer in the game recently defined the modern boxing landscape pretty well, I thought, “It’s boring that the big fights we want are the ones we’re least likely to see. Welcome to the modern world of boxing you like.”. How right he was.
Right now you still have promoters arguing, that hasn’t changed. But what they are arguing over. Back then, boxers were almost slaves to the promoters’ less than fair contracts. All that has changed now.
The promoters are working for the fighters today and are more motivated than ever by money, as there is arguably less money in the business for them than they were able to tap from. boxers years ago.
Boxing politics today is dominated by terms and arguments like “Side A vs Side B”, “we bring more money to the table than you”, “Your fighter does not make numbers à la carte than ours”, etc.
Professional boxing has always been about the money, but now more than ever in my opinion. You see new age promoters and managers coming in right now, in this age of social media and almost public bargaining.
This has been linked to the unwilling nature of old school key players to accept modern technologies such as social media and the internet.
Alas, they haven’t had a choice at this point, but often their egos don’t allow them to engage with powerful promoters and players in the game who come from this newer, fresher and older generation of tech engines. transparent – where the customer (the fight fan) expects a better product than ever (the best boxers fighting the best boxers).
The sport of boxing is currently undergoing many changes in the world. Politics will always be there unfortunately, it’s just human nature in any business.
But with the way technology and the internet continue to influence sport and indeed all sport, I believe that the transparency of these policies will only continue to be emphasized more and more in the years to come.
Boxing has no choice but to change due to the many other combat sports products that embrace new technology and more importantly put on the best fights.
It will be, however. Boxing has been around for a long time and in my opinion it will return to its glory days before the end of this decade.
Source by Niall Doran