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All Access: Why Boxing Is So Different from Other Sporting Events

LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 17:  Jesus Chavez celebrates his 11th round TKO of Leavander Johnson during the IBF Lightweight World Title Bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 17, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Mark MedersonCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2009

You gotta love boxing. No other sport allows the access for the "average Joe" the way that this sport does.  

I attended the open workouts today (March 31) in Austin, Texas for the Lightweight Lightning pay-per-view fight card that will be happening this Saturday. What other sport allows the general public inside for an event like this?

I was able to carry on a face-to-face conversation with Jesus Chavez (pictured), Carlos Hernandez, Antonio Pitalua, and Michael Katsidis, All top boxing professionals.

Try doing that with any other major sports professionals on their turf. It just ain't gonna happen.

I spoke with veteran boxing event producer Lester Bedford about this phenomenon. And while he said these events are designed to attract media outlets, like local television and newspaper types, they are definitely open to the public. Also open to the public are the pre-fight press conferences and the weigh-ins.  

So, if a fight card comes to your town, or, you go out of town to attend a big fight, try to show up a few days early. You are more than welcome to "all access" privileges to most of the pre-fight events.

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