Re: Is it beneficial anymore for young fighters to fight established fighters?
There are a hundred and one 'international' titles to be had of course but there's still the beaten path round these parts of British (best belt bar none) Commonwealth, European then World honors. For any young fighter coming through that would or should be the goal. Do some get thrown to the wolves so to speak, yeah they do. Generally speaking though I'd say it's more out of necessity than design. A fighter who has to take a calculated risk to kick the door down because his following/management/ doesn't demand that it's opened for him. A fighter that gets a great opportunity out of the blue etc.
I don't think there was too much different back in the day. Fighters were still commodities and many people made money off of their backs. Keeping them winning is good for business. I think it just comes down to the old adage, if you go out in the rain, you're gonna get wet. They went out in the rain more often.
When God said to the both of us "Which one of you wants to be Sugar Ray?" I guess I didnt raise my hand fast enough