A question to illustrate the greed and the sorry state that boxing?
Question:is in today. A long time ago in a world far far away fighters fought for one prize per weight division. When they were champions they would fight number one contenders, ducking no one. When other governing bodies sprung up and gained a semblence of legitamacy, they fought to unify the belts. My question is in three parts.What has to be done to return boxing to the prominence it enjoyed in years gone by? Who was boxing's last undisputed champion? When was he undisputed champion?
I'm only taking a guess was it B Hop? a couple of years ago? Please enlighten me. Your input is welcome and appreciated.
I think one thing that may help would be to put a salary cap on the purses, somehow. I don't have all of the kinks worked out, but if the fighters, were doing it for the championship, and not the money, we might see less fight "dodging" and some better matchups. Naturally, a great fighter deserves a generous purse, though. Also, perhaps shrinking the boxing associations from four to two, maybe a world boxing association including all countries, and a United states association. This would really force the BORING heavyweight division to come up with a true champion, and provide less belt holders and more contenders. Also, it would make less of a grey area as to who the true champion is. To follow up on the undisputed champion portion of your question, it seems like when there is a champion, there is ALWAYS a dispute! It never fails that there is an arguement to bash the legitimacy of the champ. In my opinion, the Roy Jones Jr. of the 90's was an undisputed champ. But there was always the question of the quality of his opponents that hung over him like a looming grey cloud. I think I would go with Bernard Hopkins if he was able to beat Roy Jones Jr. Actually, that would be a good matchup now!
And yes, boxing today is sad. It is about the money, why else would PPV be in existance?
Smitty, thanks for the lesson in economics. What was your answer?
Undisputed champs..O'Neil Bell was the undisputed Cruiserweight champ for about a week after he beat Mormeck. Then he got hurt, and was stripped by 2 or 3 of the organizations because he couldn't make his mandatory. It's like Jermain Taylor, who won all of B-Hop's belts. He has since lost 2 or 3 of them. The "alphabets" are as much at fault as the boxers are for there being no undisputed champs left. All us boxing fans get is to follow the "lineal" champ and not worry about the rest of the so called champs in a weight class. Maybe if the fans would stop plunking down $50 to watch a worthless, one sided, so called championship fight, things would start to change.
The second part i would say Jermain Taylor.
The third part, when he beat Hopkins the first time for all 4 belts.
I will just add that the next undisputed champ will be Joe Calzaghe when he beats Kessler for all 4 belts at Super-Middle, i know the fight hasn't been signed yet but I'm still hoping.
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