What’s the first thing that comes to mind when hearing the word boxing?
Is it action, blood, and money? Or what? Now take a second, and tell me what’s the difference between a male fighter and a female fighter? Yes, gender is one of the obvious answers; but don’t give yourself too much credit for that one.
So what’s the difference?
Well, the difference is that female boxing isn’t that big because promoters are doing a poor job promoting talented female fighters.
Don’t think so?
Tell me, how is a plant supposed to grow if no one is watering it? Everyone ignores a small plant but a big plant will most likely catch the attention of most people in a garden.
That’s the situation with female boxing; people aren't ignoring female fighters because they are not talented; people are ignoring them because promoters are doing a poor job helping these fighters grow in the sport of boxing.
Let’s reverse Plato's "Allegory of The Cave" and translate it into the modern world of boxing.
Picture a thousand fight fans in front of a white wall in the dark; behind those fans there’s nothing but an empty space with one bright light and two talented female fighters boxing with skill, confidence and pride.
By looking at the plain white wall, those fight fans are only able to see the shadows of two great fighters trading punches. Realistically, the majority wouldn't have any idea the two shadows entertaining the crowd are female fighters.
They wouldn’t judge on gender, but based on skill and action. However; if you were to ask these fans to turn around and congratulate these fighters, the majority would be shocked.
Why? Who knows, there could be several reasons why people contradict themselves. The answer is still unknown.
When I compare female boxing to male boxing, randomly, it always reminds me of the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon debate.
Richard Nixon was a politician who was too manly to wear makeup to improve his color and lighten his 5-o’clock shadow when appearing on television. On the other side of the bridge, John F. Kennedy was tan and looked better than Nixon.
When people heard their first debate on the radio, the majority favored Richard Nixon, but the 70 million who watched it on television thought Kennedy was the winner.
This shows how people can contradict themselves once they recognize 100 percent of what they see. If people saw two shadows debating, the audience would have chosen the guy that earned the win with pure talent.
There are times when your eyes could show you a fictional side of what you see in the real world. You may think it makes sense, but when looking at it from a different perspective, your opinion could immediately change.
There are several talented female fighters in the sport of boxing. Fighters like Kaliesha West, Ana Julaton, Ava Knight, Melissa Hernandez and Ana Maria Torres are a great example of why promoters like Bob Arum should promote female boxing as well.
Tell me, did you see Kaliesha West knock out Angel Gladney on the undercard of the Mosley-Mora HBO pay-per-view fight? The truth is you probably didn’t. Why? Because the fight was not televised. Too bad it wasn’t; it was a great fight full of action.
Both fighters were trading punches and entertaining the crowd until Kaliesha ended the fight in the seventh round with an explosive knockout, leaving the crowd at Staples Center with their jaws open. That fight was clearly more exciting than the pay-per-view main event.
No matter what these female fighters do in the ring, not many people will watch because these great fights are not being televised.
Maybe one day a popular promoter like Bob Arum can give these talented warriors a chance by showing their fights on ESPN Friday Night Fights or on other TV networks.