BOXING IS DYING
Joe Masse from the Cleveland Plain Dealer is the latest to look at how Mixed Martial Arts is knocking out [tag]boxing[/tag].
Just look at Cleveland. Three recent shows sum up the state of boxing in this town:
Promoters reduced a Dec. 9 professional card at Public Hall to all of three bouts, mismatches at that. The crowd of about 400 received refunds.
A week later, the national amateur championship qualifier at the Salvation Army Boxing Academy on Hough Avenue produced eight entries and three matches.
On Feb. 10, a women’s title bout featuring Northfield’s Vonda Ward headlined a pro show at Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center. Four men’s undercard matches ranged from less-than-mediocre to ridiculous.
A different scene will unfold Saturday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.
The Las Vegas-based Ultimate Fighting Championships will showcase its brand of mixed martial arts matches in “[tag]UFC[/tag] 68.”
The event will take place in front of a sold-out crowd of 15,000 and produce a state-record gate approaching $2.7 million. The pay-per-view television buys will fetch millions more.
There remains a handful of boxers that I will watch, but most of it is dreadfully boring. I even got bored watching Shane Mosley a few weeks back. Mosley eventually knocked down Luis Collazo in the 11th round, but I was barely awake at that point. Even the most boring of [tag]MMA[/tag] fights keeps you entertained.