The Current State of Boxing
We all witnessed the masterful boxing from the lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury when he ducked multiple punches from his opponent along the ropes, just to deliver multiple shots for a magnificent knockout in the second round on June 15. It was a sight to behold as he entertained the crowd with his Apollo Creed shorts and serenaded his wife to Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing.” But, it was not the eye-popping knockout that the WBC World Heavyweight Champion threw in the first round, which became a social media meme and video phenomenon. Of course, the Mexican Rocky Unified World Heavyweight Champion, Andy Ruiz, and Anthony Joshua knockout resulted in a stunning upset. Now, it leads the heavyweight division up for grabs. So, who is the king? Deontay Wilder is set to fight Luis Ortiz later this year and Joshua wants his rematch. The heavyweight division is taking its place as king of boxing.
Not so fast – as Lee Corso says. The middleweight and welterweight divisions are the moneymakers. Canelo Alvarez has made himself king of the middleweights because he is the lineal and unified middleweight champion. Gennady Golovkin (GGG) is begging for another shot after he destroyed Steve Rolls. Demetrius Andrade still holds a belt as well. No one has been able to beat Canelo since Floyd Mayweather. On to the most interesting weight class, the welterweights, as all eyes shift toward Terrance Bud Crawford, Errol Spence Jr, Manny Pacquiao and Shawn Porter. People expected for Manny to retire or lose his title, but he proves to be reinvigorated as the WBA champion. He faces Keith Thurman next month, as the WBA title is on the line because Keith had to take an extended absence due to an injury. Keith said he is going to “make him retire.” This is going to be tough, because Manny has a whole country behind and tons of experience in boxing to include fighting Floyd Mayweather. Errol Spence Jr and Terrance Crawford both have made exceptional impressions.
The state of boxing is easy to see. The companies like Top Rank, PBC and DAZN are clearly fighting for a position to display the best of the best boxing show or pay per view. Various networks equal different shows and promotions. Everyone wants to put on a show and get paid to do so. It is the heavyweights versus the welterweights and middleweights. It also depends on what you like. Do you want to see knockouts or do you want to see quality boxing? So, who wants the smoke?