BOXING IS A “BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER”
THE “SWEET SCIENCE” HAS SOURED FANS
San Francisco, CA– While I’ve certainly got a good number of people who criticize me for seeing the boxing cup half empty and not half full, when the truth is that I see the glass as 1/4 full. The reason I have this stance is that I’ve watched the game of boxing decline greatly in the past 30 or so years. There was a time when men aspired to become World heavyweight champion in the United States, but that is no longer the case. Why? Because a vast majority of Americans think that boxing is as fixed as the world of World Wrestling Entertainment.
BOB ARUM & THE WBC DRIVING A STAKE THROUGH BOXING’S HEART!
The way the Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. match (set for September 15) is being promoted on their recent press tour is a classic example of what is so wrong with boxing. Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) is the “real” World middleweight (160 lbs) champion, Chavez the anointed WBC titleholder, this only because the World Boxing Council took away the title from Martinez, gave it to Chavez (46-0-1, 32 KOs) and declared Martinez, “Champion Emeritus.” To the casual sports fan, they don’t have any idea what in the hell this means. You might add the majority of boxing fans to that the pool of the confused as it was Martinez who beat the man Kelly Pavlik, who beat the man Jermain Taylor to become the recognized World champion.
PHOTOGRAPH HERE IS DISTORTING THE TRUTH!
If you look at the picture I have provided for you here of Chavez and Martinez taken recently in New York City, you’ll see that Chavez is holding the recognized globally WBC title belt, something that he was handed, not earned. As for Martinez, the man hasn’t lost in 12 years. Yeah, his record states that he lost a 2009 fight to Paul Williams. But anybody who saw that fight knows that the decision was just another scoring atrocity in professional boxing. In the rematch, Martinez nearly one-punched Williams in the after life. Williams who was recently permanently injured in a motorcycle accident, laid on the canvas so long the referee would have needed a calculator to issue a correct count.
ARUM, SULAIMAN, MOST PROMOTERS DON’T GIVE A F*** ABOUT FUTURE
The problem I’ve always had with most members of the so-called “boxing establishment” is that they live for moment, and could care less about the state of the game as long as they are getting paid now. With the exception of Francisco Valcarcel and his World Boxing Organization, the “establishment” does nothing about the future of boxing. Valcarcel and his group hold clinics for aspiring youth, sponsor gyms in some of Puerto Rico’s poorest neighborhoods. The WBO donates a good percentage of their monies to charity, something that is unheard in boxing outside of Don King yearly tax-write off of giving away turkeys at Thanksgiving.
CAN WE EVER ERADICATE ROACHES FROM THE HOUSE OF BOXING?
In order to restore confidence in the American sports fan, boxing has to do a 180. You cannot televise fights like Richard Abril-Brandon Rios, Gabriel Campillo-Tavoris Cloud, which left even the staunchest boxing fans sitting there scratching their heads and thinking: “Who am I supposed to believe, my eyes or those corrupt (or inept) judges?” Last week HBO, formerly Home Box Office, aired two fights that if you called them farcical, you’d be right on the money! In both televised “exhibitions” on Saturday, the winners so far outclassed their opposition that it was sickening.
DAY BEFORE WEIGH INS A “JOKE”
Why do they have weigh ins when the result of a fighter defending a championship at 130 lbs. weighs 147 when the first bell rings? Does this even make sense to the non-boxing fan? When you see a fight billed for the middleweight (160) championship, paper title or not, and the titleholder weighs 183 lbs. when stepping through the ropes? The only weigh ins that should take place anything earlier than eight hours before a match is a heavyweight title match, seeing there is no weight limit, which to me is another contradiction to the notion that all sports should be played on a fair and level playing field. Guys at 205 fighting foes weighing 260 lbs. is another tragedy waiting to happen.
THERE ARE REALLY NO ANSWERS, JUST PLENTY OF QUESTIONS!
As you can see I am not a prophet or a God, but truth be told “Boxing Is A Bridge over Troubled Water.” As much as I wish there was somebody that could wave a wand and legitimize the sport of boxing, I have to go back to the verbiage of the late ABC TV icon Howard Cosell when announcing why he was leaving boxing. “You can’t clean dirt!”