5 UFC-Style Changes Boxing Must Take to Save the Sport

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5 UFC-Style Changes Boxing Must Take to Save the Sport
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Dana White built the UFC from the ground up and boxing has a lot to learn from him.

For decades, the American combat-sport market was dominated by boxing. Boxers such as Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson and even Oscar De La Hoya weren't just big names within the sport, they were big names in all of sports.

In recent years that mantle has been achieved by a few fighters, most notably Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, but the sport overall has been in decline. 

As boxing has receded, mixed martial arts have been on the rise. The market is dominated by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, started and owned by Dana White, which has significantly eaten into a fanbase once dominated by boxing.

There are many reasons for boxing's decline and MMA's rise, but here are five ideas that boxing itself could adopt, and help the sport regain its former prominence.

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