The boxing world has seen quite a transformation in the last decade and has conceded a huge amount of fans to MMA organization like the UFC. My buddy Mark Gilbert ATN founder and highly successful businessman were talking just last week about what the world of boxing can do to get back on top of the fight game. Mark and I have been watching combat sports since our days in college and we both really love boxing and want to see it make a return in a big way. We, like many other friends believe that we can change the world over a couple of beers and these were the ideas which we came up with which we believe can help boxing to get back on top of the industry.
One of the reasons why the UFC have grown so big is because of the level of control which they have over the fights that take place. Boxing associations on the other hand only have rules around the mandatory challenger for the title, beyond that they have little say in who fights who, as this comes down to the boxers themselves and their management teams and promoters. The boxing associations should unify and make the matchups themselves. In doing this we can see the very best against the very best at almost every boxing event, which is what the boxing fans want to see.
There should be bigger incentives for knockouts and big performances in the world of boxing to discourage fighters from playing it safe and looking for a points victory. The reason why boxers like Deontay Wilder have found such fame and success is because they follow the Mike Tyson school of thought, which is to get in the ring and knock your opponent out as fast and as brutally as you possibly can. This is what fight fans want to see more of.
Fix The Judges
For too long now there have been dubious decisions taken by boxing judges which surely indicates that there is a level of corruption going on. Even if there is no corruption, the fans certainly think that there is and that is something which has to get stamped out as soon as possible. Take the Canelo v GGG fights of the last 2 years, GGG won both of those fights yet miraculously Canelo got a draw and a win from each. The boxing association has to do a full and public audit of these men and women, fire whoever they have to and bring some integrity back to the sport. If this cannot be done then boxing fans are going to continue to be suspicious and they will turn away from the sport and find something else.
The biggest fights, the best judges and fights of value and substance, create that and boxing can find its way to be back on top.