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Ok we all know boxing's going through a bit of a rough patch and things aren't what they used to be.

2007's been good though do doubt about it, but De La Hoya Vs Mayweather was just a positive blip in a downwards spiral, which see's boxing keep losing out to MMA, before anyone says anything MMA's doing better than boxing fact.

The solution in my opinion is to make the sport more fan friendly.

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1.Having less weight classes 2 pound weight classes are pointless and just confuse fans while devaluing a belts prestige, which bring me onto...

2. Have less belts WBO, WBC, WBA and IBF all world titles belts wtf, it's stupid we need just 1 title per weight class or 1 that stands out head & shoulders above the rest i.e. like the UFC belts in MMA.

Any other suggestions I'm not trying to be negative by pointing out flaws, I love boxing but it could be so much better if there was less bullshit.

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Boxing is still generating a great deal more money than MMA and more popular IMO but thats another topic.

Simply said, the big fights have to happen. The top two in every weight class need to go at it, to find out whos the best. These are the fights that capture the imagination of the public, and make boxing more popular.

I agree about the less weight classes, id say:

190lbs+ Heavyweight
190lbs Cruiserweight
175lbs Light-Heavyweight
160lbs Middleweight
147lbs Welterweight
135lbs Lightweight
126lbs Featherweight
118lbs Bantamweight
112lbs Flyweight
105lbs Strawweight

I think 190 should be the limit for heavies to be honest, i dont even know if there is a need for a Cruiserweight division. 1 title per weight class would also be good.
 

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Boxing is still generating a great deal more money than MMA and more popular IMO but thats another topic.

Simply said, the big fights have to happen. The top two in every weight class need to go at it, to find out whos the best. These are the fights that capture the imagination of the public, and make boxing more popular.

I agree about the less weight classes, id say:

190lbs+ Heavyweight
190lbs Cruiserweight
175lbs Light-Heavyweight
160lbs Middleweight
147lbs Welterweight
135lbs Lightweight
126lbs Featherweight
118lbs Bantamweight
112lbs Flyweight
105lbs Strawweight

I think 190 should be the limit for heavies to be honest, i dont even know if there is a need for a Cruiserweight division. 1 title per weight class would also be good.
I just used UFC as an example as it's much easier to follow ;)

That would help but noone knows who's doing what there's no clear structure i.e. some sort of league table as each fight is a separate contract allowing boxers to avoid fighting certain people etc.

Your weight class systems allright mate think we still need junior and super welter though.
 

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In general non hardcore boxing fans are drawn in by the heavy weights.

I would rather see smaller guys fight myself....
 

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The bottom line is that no matter how much we talk about this stuff nothing is going to happen. There is too much money generated from the word "champion."
 

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I say to start holding this matches in large arenas again and not casinos. That way they can drop prices on the tickets so the real fans can go to watch the fight. Not just the high rollers that are getting comped the tickets and really could care less about the fight.
 

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KNUCKLE UP said:
I say to start holding this matches in large arenas again and not casinos. That way the can drop prices on the tickets so the real fans can go to watch the fight. Not just the high rollers that are getting comped the tickets and really could care less about the fight.
Agreed:thumbsup: Thats what happens over here mainly, the tickets for Calzaghe-Kessler were relatively cheap unless you wanted ringside tickets. It needs to be like that everywhere, make boxing a sport for the working class, hard working people and not the high rollers who have a tonne of money!
 

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More fights on free TV so that people would actually KNOW some boxing champs. I know the alphabet belts and the PPV system help fighters make more money but imagine what they could gain from fighting on regular TV.
More exposure = more fans = more money.
 

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Boxing has always been full of BS, talk of getting rid of the foolish sanctioning bodies has been going on for decades, still nothing. Changing weight classes isn't going to make a difference either. Only exciting fighters can make the sport successful and there aren't many.

Some other reason might be:

1. Most of your champions fight once or twice a year which is almost enough to forget them, and when they do, you have to pay to see it.

2. Most great athletes go into other sports, it's easier.

3. The heavyweights do lead the sport, and they are as forgettable as anytime in history.

4. The competition has been successful because boxing has not been, but frankly, both combatants want to get on the floor and wrestle and that's just plain boring to me.

Just some thoughts......
 

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I say pay the winners 70-30 for most fights.

I love the idea of fighting in arenas and not casinos.

Come up with a single entity that sets up fights, but have a close eye on patterns that may seem suspicious.
 

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I say pay the winners 70-30 for most fights.

I love the idea of fighting in arenas and not casinos.

Come up with a single entity that sets up fights, but have a close eye on patterns that may seem suspicious.
A lot of big fights are being held in arenas e.g. Khan and Calzaghe's last fights.

A pro version of the AIBA would be great monitored by athletic commissions of course.
 

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supply and demand my friend...
if they can sell out a fight an know that people will pay those high amounts of money.
best believe they will do it. Just like any other smart buissness, the whole point is to generate the maximum amount of money.
 

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supply and demand my friend...
if they can sell out a fight an know that people will pay those high amounts of money.
best believe they will do it. Just like any other smart buissness, the whole point is to generate the maximum amount of money.
Very true but if boxing was more fan friendly then it would have more fans meaning more people buying merchandise and watching those big fights.

Also we'd have more kids boxing as these are the stars of the future who most do other sports.

Dana White said it best "Boxing's in a state of decline, 15 years ago there used to be 15 boxing gyms in Las Vegas now they're 5 and I own 3 of them, what happens when kids aren't taking up the sport?"

They're no denying boxing isn't as popular as it used to be or as popular as other mainstream sports e.g. football, American football, basketball and dare I say it if this trend continues MMA.
 
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