Now that some quality competitive fights have been scheduled, it’s time to ask the question of why some horrible mismatches on the early part of the undercard are allowed by the Boxing Commission in charge of that event?
Fight fans have long been uninterested in most early undercard action, instead preferring to wait until minutes before the main event to take their seats in what many times turns out to be a disappointing evening.
But for the die hard fans that are either family members of one of the undercard combatants or just plain gluttons for punishment, more times than not they get the opportunity to view total mismatches that are designed to ‘pad the stats’ of one of the two warriors in earlier competition.
In what has now become commonplace without too much concern from most, the fighter selected as an ‘opponent’ has shown himself to be nothing more than a punching bag with some fighters sporting gawdy win/loss records of 4-26, 8-24, 3-9, 9-49, not unheard of and shamefully the norm.
Let’s be clear in understanding that having a record of four wins and twenty six losses would/should never be considered worthy of professional status in any sport (forcing you to ‘the minors’), and should be considered just as unacceptable in boxing.
Not to pick on anyone specific, but let’s be specific in referring to a recent bout held in Dallas, Texas, at the Fairmont Hotel, with one fighter suffering his 9th KO loss in 21 professional bouts with 5 wins to his credit and 2 decisions declared a draw for a sparkling 5-14-2 history as a professional boxer who was cleared, sanctioned, and approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.
What does a fighter who has lost ten of his last thirteen bouts, six of those thirteen by KO, have any business being near a boxing fight card other than as a spectator?
When most refer to boxing as a brutal, barbaric sport that has no real relevance in establishing the physical dominance of one man over another, don’t waste your time trying to convince those naysayers that boxing is a legitimate test of one’s manhood, instead read the names of the scheduled combatants followed by their professional records.
Should you come across what could easily be considered an egregious matchup of what most likely had been billed as two ‘highly competitive fighters’, make sure to spread the word that the ‘early portion of the undercard may be slightly tainted.
Matchmakers and Commissions are supposed to be interested in promoting the sport and not just filling the undercard with bodies that offer little more than a breathing corpse.
The next time you anticipate shelling out any of your hard earned cash for either a pay-per-view event, or a highly publicised main event attraction, look down the page at the scheduled undercard participants.
Then make your own decision as to whether the matchmaker and Commission responsible for the safety of what some consider an alleged ‘professional boxer’, have adequately done their job.
If boxing is so worried about the ‘black eye’ the sport is continually receiving, then prevent there being so many leaving the ring with black eye’s and in some cases even much worse, if they seriously want to change that image.
In the main event, the announcer proudly screams the records of both fighters to the crowd, while most ‘down the schedule’ undercard fighters are announced, then simply ‘have at it’.
Having the records of all participating fighters read aloud before every professional bout would have more fans taking notice of the numerous potentially dangerous mismatches allowed by Commissions around the country that have the ultimate responsibility of providing competitive and safe boxing matches.
Stephen Johnson feature writes for INSIDE BOXING.com, BORICUA BOXING.com, and UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com