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A terrestrial treat.

I write this article as a boxing fan first and a journalist second.
I am very glad to find that after several weeks of complaints about the state of British Boxing and its major platforms (Sky and Boxnation), that a promoter and terrestrial television channel are going to host an exciting international world title fight that really does capture the imagination of boxing fans.
On February 21st St Helens’ Martin Murray steps up to the world platform for the 3rd time with arguably his biggest challenge yet. Gennady Golovkin appears to be unstoppable.


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Who is Chris Algieri?

I will be the first to admit that when I first heard the name Chris Algieri I thought he was going to be a scalp to improve Ruslan Provodnikov’s record and boy was I wrong.  After being knocked down not once but twice in the first round of his first crack at a world title he picked himself up, bit down on his gum-shield and announced himself to the boxing world as a tough, determined and very skillful fighter as he gave Provodnikov a boxing lesson over the next 11 rounds. So I found my self asking, “Who is Chris Algieri?”.

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Who is the UK’s best active fighter?

Anyone who knows me well will know that there is not a lot I get more excited about than talking about boxing.

I love hearing opinions from casual fans as to who the best boxer in Britain really is as most of them can probably only name 3 or 4 active fighters anyway and I always get the same few names.

What I really want to know is what do the people who watch the smaller cards which don’t have the general public’s interest think?
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The Boxing Blame Game!

Who is to blame for the current state of ‘World Title Boxing’.

Week in and week out I am asked the same questions ‘When is Froch going to fight Ward again?’, ‘When is Mayweather gonna fight Pacman’ or even more in the UK when will ‘Frampton and Quigg sit down and agree to fight each other’. My answer is always the same.

‘I just can’t see it happening’.

It is a real shame when I think about the fights we miss and the fights which happen after the fighters have passed there primes.  But I put the question to you.

Who is to blame?

I think nearly every fighter wants to be the best some accept the level they are and avoid people who will best them openly and honestly and I admire their bravery in that. Darren Barker once said the only way he would get in a ring with Golovkin is with a baseball bat.
I can’t argue with that either.

So do Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather want to fight each other?
I believe so. Just for financial reasons alone they would be mad not to.

There are a hundred reasons that this fight hasn’t materialised while both fighters were in their primes and now if it does happen there will still be the question of what if it happened in 2009 or 2010 etc….

Have your say…

So who are the leading contenders to shoulder the blame?

TV broadcasters.
In the USA the leading sports networks try to sign the top fighters into multi fight contracts for example Floyd Mayweather had a multi million dollar 6 fight deal which still has 2 fights left on it. So when a fight isn’t mandatory and therefore doesn’t go to a purse bid like Pacquiou vs Mayweather wouldn’t one broadcaster or another would have to give up their rights to show the fight and its lucrative undercard.
In the UK our 2 main broadcasters for boxing are tied in with promoters leaving it to them to decide whether to allow their fighters to fight on each others shows or not.

The Promoters
In America the biggest reason for top fights not taking place in the last few years is the feud between the top 2 promoters. Between light-welter and middleweight there is a long list of potential mouth watering matchups that we have missed out on.
In the UK due to Matchroom Sport having an exclusive contract with SkySports, other promoters either have to deal with Matchroom to fet their fighters on Sky or go their own way to get exposure for their fighters. This has lead Frank Warren Promotions to start their own television station in the form of BoxNation TV.
Terrestrial  TV station Channel 5 also now shows some boxing cards usually promoted by Hennessey Sports. I believe the situation is better in the UK with promoters allowing  fighters to fight on each others cards in able to compete for titles or to get regular fights.

Governing Bodies.
One reason the ‘super fights’ aren’t happening is the ranking systems used by the top 4 governing bodies. IBF, WBC, WBO & WBA. Often domestic fighters and B level fighters are put in the top 10 rankings by governing bodies giving them a good chance at getting a world title shot. This often leads to mismatched one sided matches which are not value for money for the paying fans.
Another question im often asked is ‘Why are there so many titles’.
I really can’t begin to answer.  With regular and super world champions as well as interim,  silver, international etc I can only think that the governing bodies are creating more titles in order to charge more fees to sanction bouts.

What I think would create the most revenue for everyone involved in the sport is 50/50 fights.
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao would sell out any venue almost instantly and will double the ppv records in my opinion. The money would be rediculous. There would likely be enough for both fighters to have their biggest pay day by far as well as the relevant governing bodies, promoters and tv companies getting their huge cut.
This would also bring new fans to the sport increasing revenue for future events.

Froch vs Groves 2 is the perfect example. The fight the people wanted happened and it sold 60,000 tickets in less than an hour and then sold another 20,000 even faster and now Wembley Stadium want to hold 2 more boxing events in 2015.


Lee Russell