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03/15/2009 Entry: "Boxing Power Shifting Overseas"
Boxing Power Shifting Overseas
By Tom Donelson
In reviewing Ring Magazine top rankings from the upper weight division from Middleweight to the Heavyweight divisions; the top fighters reside outside of the United States. The Heavyweight top ten is devoid of American fighters and the Cruiserweights have only two Americans among its top ten. In those divisions above the light heavyweight, the best fighters live outside the United States. This also means that many of these fights are held outside the United States. This has hurt the popularity of the Heavyweight division stateside and kept the Cruiserweight division as one of boxing best kept secret.
Many American promoters are hoping for a Jermain Taylor victory over Froch, if for no other reason; it mean that promoters will at least have one America with a belt among 168 pounders. In the Middleweight division, Kelly Pavlik is the Ring Magazine champ but underneath him is the tough German based fighter, Arthur Abraham. Abraham is a tough brawler with skills and certainly a Pavlik-Abraham fight would be one for the ages and not one that Pavlik would automatically the favored.
The only division where Americans are among the best is the light heavyweight division. Chad Dawson may be the best light heavyweight but the other champions live overseas and the biggest problem in setting up future fights is many of the European fighters donít have the financial interest in fighting in the states. European fighters toil in front of sellout crowds and make good money staying on their side of the Atlantic.
In the lower division, Indonesia Chris John took a pay cut to fight Rocky Juarez in Houston to defend his title and many of the European fighters would have take similar cuts. Why give up home court advantage for possibly less money?
In the Middleweight division, the big debate is where a Arthur Abraham-Kelly Pavlik fight be held? When Abraham fought Edison Miranda for a second time, he did so stateside; leaving the impression that Abraham may be willing to fight Pavlik stateside and he may still be willing if the money is right.
A switch of boxing power means a switch in revenues moving overseas as overseas promoters become richer and more powerful at the expense of their American counterparts. American promoters have the advantage of working with Hispanic fighters and American promoters like Don King have impact with European fighters but as time wears on; it will be the overseas promoters who may be new king makers.
In boxing, it is the promoters with the fighters who end up with the money. And in boxing, money rules.