THE year 2014 was an eventful one for the fistic world. So before the year ends, let’s reflect on some of its most memorable moments:
1. Golden Boy Promotions loses Richard Schaefer- Oscar de la hoya’s world was rocked when Schaefer- his lawyer and top executive, left in a huff over disputes on GBP’s direction.
The corporate fissure immediately had far reaching effects in the sport with other stakeholders expecting a realignment of forces.
But as a testament to De la Hoya’s character and resolve, he battled to regain control over a company left in shambles, and by the end of the year he was back at the helm, producing top-notch cards and regaining the respect of everybody. He is reportedly boxing’s Man of the year and Promoter of the year by most internet sites;
2. Declining pay-per-view revenues- Apparently, the boxing public is not as gullible as previously thought. Only Floyd Mayweather’s fights did relatively well, but even those failed to hit the one million mark.
Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez was disappointing, while Manny Pacquiao’s numbers were down.
While this is not good for the industry, it may well be beneficial for the fight fan in the long term. Clearly, promoters need to put out better products if they want hard-earned moolah from the fans.
Boxing is getting good competition from MMA , which churns out stacked fight cards and this should be wake up call for the sport. It’s either they give the fans the fights that they want, or they should consider a reduction in the price.
3. Carl Froch and George Groves rematch— This fight showed that with the potential decline of revenues in pay per view formats, a huge live gate for a spectacular matchup is the way to go.
The fight at Wembley Stadium drew 80,000 fans and didn’t disappoint. The usual war of words which preceded the bout was complemented well by the war of attrition that followed, which culminated in an 8th round TKO win for Froch.
4. Mayweather and Pacquiao still a dream— This proposed mega-fight never transpired with both superstars just jawing at each other through various media throughout the year.
Mayweather fought Marcos Maidana twice and won, while Pacquiaowas victorious over Timothy Bradley and Chris Algieri. Despite being victors, the public detected the inevitable declines in their performances, and ironically, these infirmities may finally draw them both inside one ring before it’s too late;
5. New superstars— We saw the rise of fighters like Grennady Golovkin and Sergey Kovalev. Golovkin went 3 for 3 this year, winning all via brutal stoppage, stamping his superiority over all the fighters in the middleweight division.
Kovalev also won 3 fights -the last one a seminal victory over the ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins;
It’s about time the sport is infused with new blood as another reason for declining interest could be the satiation factor. Golovkin and Kovalev bring fan-friendly styles, and their feral approach could bring much needed butts to the arena seats.
Golovin vs. Cotto would be huge, while Kovalev vs. Andre Ward is the superfight the sport needs.
6. Terrific knockouts— Danny Garcia’s left hook in round 2 against Rod Salka; Nicholas Walters right hand on NonitoDonaire’s temple (yes, that wasn’t pretty to watch , but a great knockout win nonetheless); Marvin Sonsona’s knockout of AkifumiShimoda, and so much more; These are the moments that make the sport great and here’s to more of these in 2015;
LAST ROUNDS.Are on Ray Navaro and Chit Cabrido who are celebrating their birthdays this week. Cheers!