ESPN covers spelling bees (which isn't even a sport). ESPN covers the World Series of Poker (which isn't even a sport). ESPN has re-runs of AWA Wrestling. ESPN covers fishing.
ESPN covers hunting. ESPN covers tennis. You know who has won a tennis tournament if you watch ESPN. ESPN covers golf. You know who has won a golf tournament if you watch ESPN. ESPN even has the Spanish Primera Division soccer on today.
ESPN covers a lot of things they don't need to in my opinion but ESPN greatly lacks in boxing coverage. Sure, they have Friday night fights which is good but they don't hardly do enough to sufficiently cover boxing.
So when the question arises on why boxing is fading, a big finger should be pointed at ESPN. If ESPN had better coverage of boxing and showed more matches, there would be many more fans. Sports fans can be sheep and ESPN doesn't lead the fans towards boxing, they lead them away every day and every night except for Fridays.
Every once in a while I search Boxrec.com for boxing news and upcoming matches and I find myself noticing that a popular fighter just fought and the common fan doesn't even know because it wasn't mentioned on ESPN or in the local newspaper.
A prime example of this was the fight last Saturday night former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster had with Gbenga Oloukun. Brewster is the former heavyweight champion! Oloukun was 16-1 coming into the fight. It wasn't tomato can vs tomato can, and yet ESPN didn't report on it as far as I know. Brewster lost by UD in 8 rounds. This has to shoot Oloukun up some rankings boards.
Notable Upcoming Fights (that ESPN may or may not inform you about)
Sept 12, '09 - Mikkel Kessler (41-1 31 KO's) vs Gusmyl Perdomo (16-2 10 KO's)
Sept 12, '09 - Andre Ward (19-0 12 KO's) vs Shelby Pudwill (22-3-1 9 KO's)
Sept 12, '09 - Julio Cesar Chavez jr (39-0 29 KO's) vs Jason LeHoullier (21-1-1 8 KO's)
Sept 18, '09 - Travis Kauffman (18-0 15 KO's) vs Tony Grano (15-1-1 12 KO's)
Sept 19, '09 - Floyd Mayweather jr (39-0 25 KO's) vs Juan Manuel Marquez (50-4-1 37 KO's)
Sept 19, '09 - Zab Judah (37-6 25 KO's) vs Antonio Diaz (46-5-1 29 KO's)
Sept 19, '09 - (WBA Super FWT Title Fight) Chris John (42-0-2 22 KO's) vs Rocky Juarez (28-4-1 20 KO's)
Sept 26, '09 - (WBC HWT Title Fight) Vitali Klitschko (37-2 36 KO's) vs Chris Arreola (27-0 24 KO's)
Oct 2, '09 - Allan Green (28-1 20 KO's) vs Victor Oganov (28-2 28 KO's)
Oct 3, '09 - David Tua (49-3 42 KO's) vs Shane Cameron (23-1 20 KO's)
Oct 10, '09 - Kevin Johnson (22-0 9 KO's) vs Odlanier Solis (14-0 10 KO's)
Oct 10, '09 - John Duddy (26-1 17 KO's) vs Michi Munoz (21-3 14 KO's)
Oct 10, '09 - (WBO Super BWT Title Fight) Juan Manuel Lopez (26-0 24 KO's) vs Rogers Mtagwa (26-12-2 18 KO's)
Oct 10, '09 - Israel Vazquez (43-4 31 KO's) vs Al Seeger (28-4 22 KO's)
Oct 17, '09 - Jermain Taylor (28-3 17 KO's) vs Arthur Abraham (30-0 24 KO's)
Oct 17, '09 - (WBC Super MWT Title Fight) Carl Froch (25-0 20 KO's) vs Andre Dirrell (18-0 13 KO's)
Oct 24, '09 - Andrew Golota (41-7-1 33 KO's) vs Tomasz Adamek (38-1 26 KO's)
Nov 7, '09 - (WBA HWT Title Fight) Nikolay Valuev (50-1 34 KO's) vs David Haye (22-1 21 KO's)
Nov 7, '09 - (WBC/IBO Light HWT Title Fight) Chad Dawson vs Glen Johnson
Nov 7, '09 - Alfredo Angulo (16-1 13 KO's) vs Harry Joe Yorgey (22-0-1 10 KO's)
Nov 14, '09 - (WBO WWT Title Fight) Manny Pacquiao (49-3-2 37 KO's) vs Miguel Cotto (34-1 27 KO's)
Nov 21, '09 - (WBC/WBO MWT Title Fight) Kelly Pavlik (35-1 31 KO's) vs Paul Williams (37-1 27 KO's)
Nov 21, '09 - Roy Jones jr (54-5 40 KO's) vs Danny Green (27-3 24 KO's)
Nov 28, '09 - (IBF Super MWT Title Fight) Lucian bute (24-0 19 KO's) vs Librado Andrade (28-2 21 KO's)
Dec 3, '09 - Carlos Quintana (26-2 20 KO's) vs Verno Phillips (42-11-1 21 KO's)