Mikkel Kessler Out of Super Six: Boxing Fans May Have Hardest Job in Sports
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Almost everyone reading this will be a boxing fan, and if you're not, then you are going to learn a very important lesson:
It is very hard to be a boxing fan.
This is something that all boxing fans will eventually learn throughout their lives. There are so many reasons why it is hard, and today we got an example of just one of these reasons when Mikkel Kessler pulled out of the Super Six.
This tournament got boxing fans, and non-fans, excited, as it had all but one of the best 168-pound fighters in the world participating.
It got off to a hot start, with some controversy and upsets. Tournament favorites were beat and guys who were untested proved their mettle.
Fans were feeling good and really getting into this tournament, but then boxing reality set back in. Kessler had to pull out with a legitimate eye injury.
Could you imagine if a team just pulled out of the NCAA basketball tournament? It would be the headline on every major newspaper, website, and magazine.
As a boxing fan, you also find yourself wishing and hoping that the best fights out there could be made.
Imagine if the Super Bowl came about and the NFC team said: "You know what? We don’t want to play the best AFC team, we want to play the team that lost the AFC title game."
This would be insane and that team would get laughed out of the league, but this is something boxing fans deal with on a daily basis.
Everyday there are thousands of words spent on the topic of Manny Pacquiao fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. and if it will ever happen. In any other sport, the best find themselves in a situation where they have to play the best.
Will Pacquiao-Mayweather ever happen? As boxing fans, we just have to sit back, cross our fingers, and pray because they can just avoid each other until one of them calls it quits.
Then you have fighters winning a belt and never fighting good opponents. Just think if the New York Yankees decided that this year they were only going to play teams that were .500 and below.
Bud Selig would look at them and laugh them right out of his office. In boxing, not only is this commonplace, it is promoted by the sanctioning bodies that govern the sport.
If Sven Ottke wants to win a title, then defend it for six years against a bunch of nobodies, he can. Ottke brings me to my next point—hometown decisions.
Not only can Ottke fight nobodies for six years, he can lose a fight and just let the judges decide that he didn’t lose. If it is Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the team with the most goals wins—it is that simple.
The home team can’t have someone come down and say: "We lost 4-3, but we're still going to win the Stanley Cup because, well, we are at home." That would be pure insanity.
Last, but certainly not least, is the that every fighter who steps into the ring now has a title belt. This is the only sport where more than one man, or team, can call himself a champion (outside of the stupid BCS football regime).
You have one winner in football, basketball, baseball, tennis, NASCAR, and hockey. You know who the best team is, cut and dry. It's an open an shut case with those sports, but not in boxing.
You know what though, I wouldn’t give up my boxing fandom for anything. It may be frustrating and sometimes downright hard to be a fan, but when boxing goes well, man is it great.
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