I just heard on ESPN that CBS (CBS???) has signed a contract with MMA to televise four two hour blocks a year on Saturday nights.
This could really be the begining of the end for boxing in the U.S. Kids & twenty somethings eat up this stuff. By going mainstream on a network, MMA is going to imprint & brand itself onto these young people like boxing did for us in our youths.
Example: Tom Smario, the CBZ's poet & the cutman I work corners for, works in a hospital in the casting room. He's the guy that when your bones get pulverised, puts you back together.
Anyways, he told me a friend of his came in because she had fractured her hand. While Tom was casting her they started to shoot the shit. She's an ardent boxing fan so they talked boxing.
During their talk she mentioned that she tries to get her teenage sons to watch boxing. They refuse because it's boring to them. Instead they watch MMA every night on cable.
That's just one of millions of examples. MMA has taken over in the eyes of are youth. & boxing is dying a slow, twisted, death, with the general sporting public.
It has become relegated to an event sport like horse racing. The only time you ever hear about the ponys is during the run for the Triple Crown. Boxing is the same. We're lucky if there is one fight a year gripping enough to catch the eye of the casual & non-fan.
The last one to really go big was Oscar-Floyd & too a much lesser extent, Floyd-Hatton. Hey, to me, tomorrow night's Vasquez-Marquez III bout is HUGE.
& I bet it doesn't even get a mention on Sports Center or more than a blip in the back page of a sports section ...