Some of today’s stars in boxing are disgraceful. The reason it’s such a big deal is because of the popularity they carry in the sport. There use to be a time in boxing where if fights where close or disputed, fighters couldn’t wait to get back in the ring to show who really won the fight. Ali & Frazier come to mind as well as other fights like B-hop & Roy and Sugar Ray & Roberto Duran. In some cases the winner of fight was CLEAR, and champions being champions agreed to a rematch to simply show they are the better fighter, no matter the circumstances. But boy oh boy that is not the case now. I’m sure anyone who seriously watches boxing is aware of the travesty that Showtime will try to force feed us on August 9th by the name of Garcia vs. Salka. What’s even sadder is that slowly, some people are beginning to say it will be a "good fight". This is EXACTLY what Espinoza and the folks at Golden Boy want you to think. They think by continuously saying it will be a good fight, that attitude will slowly permeate into the minds of fans. (I guess that’s what a good promoter is supposed to do right?) Then you have Angel Garcia saying that Danny will destroy Salka. I would hope so Angel, considering your son is the Lineal Champion at 140 and Salka is ranked #..........you all know where he’s ranked. Sidenote: no disrespect to Salka, any man who laces em’ up deserves my respect. Also, I’m sure he’ll understand where I’m coming from after watching his boxingscene.com video. He even said himself that he knows he’s not the most qualified or most deserving of the opportunity, but plans to take advantage of his opportunity, and rightfully so.
Back to topic. As a champion you are held to a different level of accountability and rightfully so. I know Floyd Mayweather Jr. gets a lot of flak for seemingly everything he does but I have to give him credit where it’s due; the couple of times the public thought he was gifted a decision, he made sure he went back and made it clear he won. Some of the new stars in boxing aren’t like that though. What makes it even worse is guys like Garcia who not only lose, but front and pretend like they won. And to make matters worse, won’t even give a deserving rematch.
Lastly, Canelo vs. Lara. I’m not here to say who won, who landed better shots, who ran, and so on and so forth. What I am here to say is no matter who you thought won, it was a VERY, VERY close fight. When Canelo was asked about a rematch he said something to the extent of when he stops running and learns how to fight we can get a rematch. This loosely translates to "Hell no, that was difficult enough as it is, there’s no way I’m doing it again." Let me be clear, I’m not saying that Canelo doesn’t want the rematch because he’s scared, he doesn’t want it because it was a hard, hard fight. This attitude has to change in the top fighters in boxing today. If it doesn’t we will be left with a bunch of "questionable" champions. The purpose of this piece was to shed light on the current behaviors in the sport in hopes that it will be short lived. It’s up to us fans to stop it. Believe it or not, WE have the power.