Unified and Undisputed in 2008
2007 was another
great year for the sweet science, and historians will trace the renaissance
of boxing to this decade. Who can honestly say boxing is dying, just look at
the pay per view numbers for Mayweather vs. Hatton and Oscar De La Hoya,
Cotto vs. Zab Judah and Mosley,
They promotion of these fights were elevated almost to an art form using all kinds of multi media with full court press along with HBO and Showtime turning the combatants into celebrities with its expanded pre-fight promotional tales before these bouts. The combination of all these events has brought boxing back into the public eye almost comparable to the golden era of the sixties and seventies.
Despite these landmarks, there are early warning signs about the quality of the fights we are getting, it is easy to be blinded by media blitz super fights sold to us as they real deal. Sure they are good for PPV earnings and TV ratings but they do not help boxing because no dominant champion has emerged in most divisions, and the ring magazine’s tradition of enthroning May weather, Hopkins, Pavlik, Manny Pacquaio, Calzaghe and etc in its pound for pound rankings is not fair to all the other contenders when a clear the deck unification showdown..continue
By Michael Amakor | January 5, 2013
In boxing, as in all other fighting sports, elite fighters box each other to become Champion, thereafter these champions challenge and fight each other in a tournament to become the unified and undisputed champion of a division.
Sounds like the logical sequence of events in any fight game you would think, but nothing is ever that simple or orderly in boxing.
The concept of a unified and undisputed world champion first gained traction during Mike Tyson’s violent rise and manic destruction of Trevor Berbeck, James “Bone Crusher” Smith, and Tony Tucker the respective champions of the WBA, WBC and IBF back in 1987, to become the first unified and undisputed champion of the heavyweight division.
Tyson made six brutal knockout defenses as the unified and undisputed champion to popular acclaim and a media frenzy driven by a legion of new fans before getting knocked out by James Buster Douglas in 1990. ..continue