3 Divisions In Boxing That Could Benefit From a Tournament
It seems boxing today has more discussion over potential fights happening then the actual fights themselves. It is obvious that boxing needs to do something to spice things up; tournaments could be the answer.
If the UFC has showed us anything it's that fighters with losses can still draw big paydays and entertain a crowd. There is no way that a tournament would take away any money out of fighters pockets, if anything it would only enhance their paydays.
Showtime recently put on the Super Six tournament, which has so far been a big success. It allowed fans to see the best of the division square off with no fuss.
There has also been a Bantamweight tournament signed, which will no doubt bring some great fights and attention to a division that rarely gets any.
I'm sick and tired of reading about possible match ups that may or may not ever happen. I say let's turn divisions into tournaments, and give the fans what they want to see.
So here are three divisions that could greatly benefit from a tournament.
This one is pretty much a no brainer. The main attraction of this would obviously be Pacquiao vs. Mayweather, but fans could get some really great fights out of this.
The Welterweight division has not only some of the most skilled fighters in any weight class, but also some of the most marketable. There are six true welterweights that would be a great fit for this tourney, and I'm sure with the money this would attract it wouldn't be too replace one or two if some fighters backed out.
This would also allow fans to FINALLY see how Andre Berto in some big name fights, instead of fighting on weak under card fights.
There is no doubt that this weight class would bring huge money as well as a big fan base back to boxing. I personally would gain a lot of respect for fighters taking place in this tournament, and still support and follow all of them even with a loss or two on their records.
Fighters: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, Andre Berto, Antonio Margarito
Possible replacements: Juan Manuel Marquez, Tim Bradley, Amir Khan, Devon Alexander, Antonio Margarito, Paul Williams, Marcos Maidana
I realize that Khan is fighting Maidana and Bradley is fighting Alexander, it's just that I see a power struggle ensuing when both fights are completed. I would personally like to know that we will get to see the winners square off no matter what.
With that said there are still a few fighters to add to the mix that certainly wouldn't make this any less interesting.
There are some lightweights that could easily move up as well, making this tournament even better. This could possibly even turn into an eight man tournament, making it very interesting at the top.
Any time a tournament is put in place, it benefits the fans so much. Boxing enthusiasts know that no matter what there will be great fights in the future.
Fighters: Amir Khan, Timothy Bradley, Devon Alexander, Marcos Maidana, Victor Ortiz, Nate Campbell, Juan Urango, Andriy Kotelnik, Joan Guzman, Zab Judah
The Featherweight division in boxing right now is my favorite. With Exception to Chris John just about all of the fighters at the top are very entertaining to watch.
Gamboa and Lopez are the most entertaining fighters I have seen in a long time in any weight class, and I can't wait until they square off. They are not the only talent in the division though, and this tourney would be the most action packed of any.
Despite the weight limit of this weight class there are a lot of guys in this division that pack a huge knockout punch. The great thing about Featherweights as well is that they are not afraid to engage each other and get into a slug fest.
The best part of this division is that while it is a long shot, this tournament could actually get made. None of the fighters have enough media attention yet to mess up the chances of it getting made.
Fighters: Juan Manuel Lopez, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Chris John, Celestino Caballero, Daniel Ponce De Leon, Rafael Marquez, Miguel Angel Garcia
I think that at this point in boxing any tournament that we get is a blessing. Boxing is in a bad place right now with many of the top promoters feuding and refusing to pit their fighters against one another.
There is no doubt that all tournaments we get will be filled with action and great fights. I picked the three divisions that I did because they are my personal favorites that I would like to watch above all others. I do believe that there are many more divisions that could also use tournaments, and almost all of them would be great to watch.
Hopefully boxing can get back to being an entertainment sport, and finally start to give the fans what they want to see.
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