Boxing In Need of Next Big Star

Brent FarleyContributor IJune 6, 2009

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24:  Muhammad Ali attends the opening session of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) September 24, 2008 in New York City. President Clinton is hosting the fourth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a gathering of politicians celebrities, philanthropists and business leaders grouped together to discuss pressing global issues.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, George Foreman, Ray Mancini, Sugar Ray Robinson, and countless others have carried boxing into the next generation.  Although still popular, boxing is missing a star.  I am not saying there are not good boxers, I am saying there are not great boxers, no boxers that will go down in history, as some of the men mentioned above.

The lack of young, bright boxers could be attributed to the decline in boxing.  To the boxing purest, that comment will draw anger and cause you to spit and say, I don't know what I am talking about.  Some will say I disrespected boxing. 

To you I say, google the decline of boxing, and read...read...read what people are saying about your sport!  Even Don Turner, the longtime trainer for Evander Holyfield acknowledges the sport is suffering.

No one is training a young fighter for stardom like the stars of yesterday.  No one wants to listen to the old school trainers like Mr. Turner.  The boxers want the money associated with boxing, but few want to put in the time and effort and listen to an old school trainer.

I am not disrespecting boxing.  I am observing the sport as a whole.  Although PPV numbers will spike now and then with a good fight, one good fight cannot save the current state of the sport. 

With little leadership across the board and no big name boxers up and coming, boxing as a whole, is on life support.  And nothing is changing on the horizon.  Has the ten count started on the boxing ring?