154 Reasons Why Boxing Is Not Dead

By William Trillo

O.K…. I really don’t have 154 reasons, but I do have a Jr. Middleweight division that tops out at 154 pounds to present to you that should lay all the boxing is dead theories to rest. Over the past 2 weekends we have seen the top fighters in the Junior middle division present a very convincing argument. From this weekends brawl between Cotto and Mayorga to last weekends premature coming out party for Saul Alvarez, the attention of boxing fans was placed squarely at 154 pounds. Throw in Sergio Martinez’s stunning performance at a bigger than usual 160 pounds and what we have here is the makings of some pretty good scraps down the road.

With Antonio Margarito sitting ringside and lurking in the wings for Cotto and the watchful eye of other fighters like, Pacquiao, Martirosyan, Angulo, Kirkland, Bundrage and more, it is high time to give boxing it’s just do as we anticipate some seriously good match ups.

The biggest problem could be the promoters who have a tendency to lock out their peers fighters. It’s time to end the Cold War and let these guys settle things in the ring instead of in someone’s office. It’s only then that we will get the fights the publics demands.

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7 Responses to “154 Reasons Why Boxing Is Not Dead”

  1. jeff taylor says:

    Loads of talent out there in boxing just need the right matchups to get everyone happy again.

  2. David McGarry says:

    One could just as easily say those two light middleweight fights explain why boxing is in decline in some parts of the world. None of the four boxers involved in two world title fights at that level deserved to be called light middleweight world champion. Nor does Margarito or even Pacquaio.

    Genuine world class light middleweights are being ignored while promoters and corrupt sanctioning bodies make a quick buck from established fighters. Some of the match ups will be competitive, but that’s no consolation to the genuine world class contenders who have been shunted aside.

  3. William Trillo says:

    Cotto looked like less than a world beater..true, but at least he won, the european representaion on Saturday night in Sergei Dzinziruk was less than inspiring, and please don’t tell me he was fighting out of his weight class, so was Martinez.

    I will stand by my opinion that 154 holds a lot of stock right now. Please tell me the fighters you say are being forgotten.

    I am not normally a guy who sees things with rose colored glasses, but I see a decent division at Jr. Middle.

  4. David McGarry says:

    It’s not so much the case of boxers being forgotten and more a case of so-called world champions like Cotto avoiding them. Regardless of his stupidity outside the ring,James Kirkland looks like he could beat any light middleweight. You’re aware he’s good as you put him on your list, but what are the chances of Cotto or even Martinez making a voluntary defence against him?

    I don’t know anything about Angulo. If you say he’s very good, I’ll take your word for it. Is he being lined up to fight Cotto, Alvarez or Martinez?

    There’s a lot of talent in the division. As with most other divisions, the problem is the champions don’t want to fight the best challengers and corrupt sanctioning bodies are happy to go along with it.

  5. Mark says:

    You want to believe that but there are too many issues that hurt boxing and the 154/160 Division shows.
    Martinez vs. Pirog: No go because Lou DiBella is “Fuck no” against it.
    Martinez vs. Cotto: No go unless Arum gets rid of Sampson and DiBella
    Chavez vs. Martinez: See Above
    Cotto vs. Alvarez: Top Rank vs. Golden Boy is still going strong.
    Add the fact that Angulo is in Mexico and not thinking clearly about salaries, Vanes is with Top Rank and there is no surprise UFC is bigger than boxing: In UFC Fans get what they want, in boxing the fans get what the Promoters want

  6. William Trillo says:

    So we all agree the 154 pound division is loaded….isn’t that what I said?

    Mark, you seem to have good inside intel here…Angulo has issues way beyond boxing down south and Vanes is about to get a taste of real boxing fans up north.

    Can we stop with the UFC is bigger than boxing now? It’s a stupid argument that has lost all it’s pop. The demographics for the 2 sports are as different as night and day. Comparing the 2 is really getting tired.

  7. David McGarry says:

    I think we’re all agreed the 154 pound division has some exciting fighters. We also seem to agree it’s the promoters who are getting in the way of some good matchups. Maybe it’s your headline that is at odds with the opinions of your readers: you seem much more optimistic about the situation. Optimism is a good thing, but maybe misplaced when talking about boxing promoters.