Being a boxing fan has become hard work. And expensive.
Every two or three weeks, we are given the opportunity to place a bet with our money on a PPV fight, the majority of which rarely live up to their expectations. And I'm being nice. As boxing purists, we may see something that makes watching...and paying...worthwhile. too often that is not the case.
Some of the best fights in the last decades have not been PPV. Many happen a bit like great art; by surprise. Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo was free...and no one who was there to watch it will ever forget it. Pr where we were when it happened. I was alone with the wife and kids asleep, going out of my mind watching two men warring in center ring. No attempt was made by the taller and more diverse Corrales to shift to strategies and box from outside. Not Diego. He was going to dies before he budged. Only thing was ...so was Joe Luis Castillo.
These guys came to win and they ended up entertaining. Big time. And it was free.
When I watch, I hope to see not just two well matched fighters, I hope to see a chess match fought like a war. Hearns Hagler. Duran Leonard. Gatti Ward. Cotto Margarito.
Sure I want skills...but I want to see balls to the wall. Punches with bad intentions. Two men ready to all but die. Two professionals that know, beyond the paycheck, that they are there to entertain. Us. the fans
That may not be the stuff of the soft hearted or the politically correct but then again boxing ain't beanball.
So tell me, what is it you look for and what will you pay for in boxers and Boxing.