Since boxing began, it has always had a huge link to much more than two fantastic athletes engaging in epic battles. It did not just captivate crowds, and fans the world over. It has always been vastly political, and drawn huge interest from business men who share notoriety with genuine good will in equal measure.
All the way through its history boxing has been linked to organised crime. Whether it was fights being rigged, or just tipping promoters a shady bribe to make sure the venue used was their particular front or place of business, it has always had to deal with these accusations It is thought this was rife up till the late 60’s and has since faded away from the sport loved the world over more and more. The motivation behind these criminal dealings though has always been an attempt, all be it a crude one, to turn boxing into a huge business.
On top of all of this, we have the huge industries surrounding all sorts of sports, including the boxing equipment that is bought by the masses, everything from the top gloves to punch bags in peoples homes, companies like Everlast have made millions out of the sport.
Nowadays genuine promoters the world over are almost as famous as the fighters themselves. Don King was the undisputed heavyweight champion, and never laced up a glove. Coveting a monopoly over the top talents and almost having more power than any rankings on deciding who got their title …