The Showtime network along with boxers and promoters have decided to make a change. Gone, the fear of losing. Its a tourney with arguably the most talented middleweight and super middleweight fighters in the world. 6 fighters, 6 promoters and one network, this is the sort of thing that sport was meant to be. No hand picked fighters on the second half of their careers. No ducking real competition. Just the best fighting the best to see who really is the best. This is the kind of sporting behavior any sports fan can get behind. For those who have been following the progression of this event, and have begone to watch 360, they know that some of the most elite promotions have come to the realization that the old way of doing things is just that, old. People no-longer are just turned on to see their favorite fighters go, they want to see them tested. Fans don’t want to see easy wins, they want hard fought challenges. Fans are ready for boxing to become sporting again. I applaud all the fighters, promoters and Showtime for infusing real excitement throughout the boxing community.
I can think of several weight classes where a tournament like this could be huge in Minnesota. Lets hope promoters, managers, and boxers are watching what a little competition can do for a sport.
Note, The World Boxing Classic, Super Six, starts this Saturday night on Showtime.