Re: Boxing Thread
The bigger issues with boxing are the lack of stars coming through and the current format isn't designed to create stars either. There's too many fucking titles, too many world titles, multiple titles across multiple divisions. They've lost their prestige. Even when people buy Mayweather fights, they couldn't care less about what titles are on the line, most of them probably wouldn't even know.
Unlike the UFC where there's clear set out divisions, clear champions in the divisions and clear top contenders - The title fights compel you to watch, there's no debate over who's the guy in the division.
The Heavyweight division has fallen victim to this more than any other. The fact that there's 3 titles actually allows the Klitchko's to hold a monopoly over the division, and kills any small chance there ever was of the two fighting. I mean why would they? They have all the titles shared amongst themselves, it's fucking ridiculous.
On top of this, you have the political bullshit, the corruption which still very much exists and the emergence of other combat sports as competitors, these are fuelling the decline of boxing. It will never be wiped out, but it will probably take the retirement of their big draws before anything's actually done about it. I'm hoping it will end in a breakaway company ala UFC, although anything like that is a long way away.