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Boxing: Is There A Decline In Interest?

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The 40’s was the decade that the sport of Boxing lorded it over the sporting world. The highly physical sport saw many names dominate with their punching power. Boxers put on their boxing gloves not for money but because they love to fight.

However, in recent years, the popularity of the sport has been on a decline since Mixed Martial Arts rose to prominence in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. MMA brought in a new age of contact sport that no one has ever seen.

There is always the constant draw of established sports like football, basketball, hockey and baseball. The one advantage these sports have is their presence on TV networks. In contrast, due to the lack of big names, Boxing fans only become interested in big name fighters who only take to the ring between 2 to 4 times in a year.

Another problem for the sport is that the top 2 names today, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have retired. They need to build up new superstars who can capture the draw these two once had. There is also the issue that none of the major networks air boxing fights today. Instead, promoters rely on pay per view channels to air these. The problem is not everyone buys pay-per-view slots. One good thing about it is that it has become the number one PPV attraction.

The good thing is that more people are getting into the sport, the young ones in particular. Talented and skilled boxers are trying to make boxing great again. With names like Golovkin, Wilder and Joshua, boxing seems to be on the rise again. Golovkin has been winning fans all over with his style of fighting. Lately, because of the knockout power that Wilder and Joshua possess, interest in making a fight between them has increased.