I became a boxing fan very young, probably around the time of Ali-Frazier. Since then, I followed the sport, becoming a fan of great fighters and exciting, competitive fights. I favored our own native fighters, like Gomez, Benitez, and De Jesus. But I also loved other exciting, ATG fighters like SRL, Hearns, and Duran. But no matter what, I enjoyed how fighters would fight anyone... anywhere... any time... anyhow. There were no catchweights (or at least well-publicized ones). There were no divas prancing around, skipping around weight divisions, looking for easy prey... just for the sake of grabbing a meaningless trinket. The loss of an "0" wasn't as feared as it is now. Great fighters lost... and then they came back and won. That made them even greater. Sometimes they would avenge their defeats. There was no social media... so there wasn't this casual fan/ groupie adulation that the pretty faces of today enjoy. Fans were knowledgeable, and judged fighters on their level of competition, INCLUDING "WHEN" this competition was faced. If a fighter waited for "X" or "Y" to get old, he was ridiculed. But it didn't happen that much anyway. Fighters were liked or disliked because of their personalities... maybe their behavior outside the ring... their styles... etc. They weren't liked or disliked based on groupie numbers. To this... we add the scourge of PPV and streaming services, charging us for what used to be free. Not only that... but the PPV bar keeps getting lower by the minute. Nowadays, any Joe Blow merits a PPV fight. To add insult to injury, shady judging continues unabated. The WBC has done everything except for taking an ad out in the newspaper announcing how they'll favor Canelo in all decisions till his dying days. Boxing is full of shady decision after shady decision... and us boxing fans bellyache for awhile... then we forget about it and beg for more.
This has all been said before. But the other day I was browsing social media, and I found a quote that honestly made me laugh out loud. So I did what any decent person would do... I stole it.
Being a boxing fan these days is like standing there and being repeatedly kicked in the balls and being charged for it.
With every fight announcement you wait in hope that the bollock kicking will stop.
Only to be kicked harder the next time.