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Sunday, June 3, 2007

Boxing's woes, MMA's gains (Part One)

I have been following MMA for a while now along with boxing and I have noticed a few differences between the two. While UFC is enjoying a lot of success, boxing has been declining lately. I think one of the many reasons for the decline is the numerous number of alphabet organizations that plague the sport. WBC, IBF, IBO, WBA, etc. Imagine having 3 or more world champs in one weight class all claiming to be the best. That's bogus, unless all the belts are unified! And it's hard to get those good match-ups nowadays because of the promoters' and organizations' conflicts.
Meanwhile, UFC is buying out the other MMA organizations like PrideFC and unifying them under its banner. Thus, creating dream match-ups like Liddell vs. Jackson or now that that's done with, Liddell vs. Silva that otherwise wouldn't be possible. And did I mention that they only have one champ in each division? Also, boxing isn't so nice to its fighters with all the fees they have them pay to them while MMA fighters have college degrees and such so they don't depend on the sport too much unlike boxers.
While all these things bring down the sweet science, there are also good things to it that MMA doesn't or not yet has. Watch out for Part 2 of this post.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey there... I run www.mfuz.com ..perhaps we can link each other?

Marco C. said...

sure i can do that. thanks for the comment!

merjoem32 said...

Great article. however, I'm not going to count boxing out yet. There are still some exciting fighters in the sport and they are keeping it alive.

Marco C. said...

I know what you mean, but it's out with the old and in with the new. Boxing promoters need new strategies to promote boxing.