Undefeated pro boxing champ Joe Calzaghe spoke recently on his observations of his sport’s current state. According to the dominant Welshman, it’s a bad time to get into boxing and a great time for MMA.
More and more, we’re getting word of current and former pro boxers eyeing an entry into the world of exciting, well-respected, and profitable mixed martial arts competition.
This is the future of pro fighting, as I’ve been saying for quite some time now. It’s inevitable that boxing is no longer a viable pro sport for aspiring athletes, and the UFC (and MMA in general) will continue to grow into one of the biggest sport attractions in the world.
Read what Joe had to say; as I’m sure you’ll find it as intriguing as I did.
“I think boxing is a dying sport. Globally — in America for instance — you’ve got UFC, which has taken a lot off boxing, business-wise,” Calzaghe said, referring to the mixed martial arts Ultimate Fighting Championship.
“There is too much politics in boxing, too many belts and too many champions, which dilutes real champions like myself,” he said. “There are four world champions in each division and it’s bad because there are no stars any more. It’s a big problem.”
“America only had one medalist in the Olympics this year,” Calzaghe said. “In Britain, we did pretty good, but I’m glad I’m ending my career and not starting it because I don’t think it’s going to be that great in the future.”
– Associated Press