OK, so this isnt so much about the fight between Garcia and Thurman as much as it is about the repercussions from the fight. First, I want to say that my opinion isn't meant to be any disrespect toward the sport or its athletes, as I know that there is skill in the defensive aspect of this sport. I also know that going into that ring and bringing it for 12 rounds is no easy task and I have great respect for the athletes in this sport. That being said, I have to try and be objective in that "casual boxing fans" do play an important part in the success of this sport.
There was a great opportunity this past Saturday to gain the respect of many people for this sport. Not only gain respect but also open eyes and create new fans. This CBS fight was on paper was the biggest free network fight that I can remember in a long time, a title fight for the unification of the welterweight division!! However, as someone wanting to see boxing rightfully take its spot back over MMA and become a mainstream powerhouse that it once was I was very disappointed in the Garcia Thurman fight. Maybe it was because I was in a large sports bar at the time and right next to the CBS fight was a MMA fight with blood all over the ring, clothes and opponents. Maybe it was because I couldnt hear the sound. Whatever the case may be the fight, relatively speaking, was a boring snooze-fest and did nothing to move this sport forward in the eyes of popular opinion.
The stage was set, literally. Didnt these guys get the memo?
Am I on an island on this one? Were my expectations too high? Did this fight do more damage than good in regard to advancing the sport to its former glory?