When To Judge And When To Enjoy
By: Steven McCowan – BillyCBoxing.com
There was a time not long ago where people would gather and watch prize fighters, when everyone had their favorite fighters and wanted to see them pull off a big win. If someones’ pick didn’t win, you would here common sense answers like, “that’s the way it goes”, or “well it just wasn’t his night” and even the very humbling “he just wasn’t as good as we thought he was etc. Just look back to Ali vs. Frazier I, and Tyson vs. Holyfield as a couple of examples.
Nowadays with this newest generation of boxing fans, there comes with them the idea that they are themselves in fact official judges. These self appointed judges watch fights and usually have a Youtube prediction/breakdown video and for the most part don’t have an original idea in their heads, or hardly any background education on the sport. These guys pick a side and just start spewing ideas that everyone else has who either shares that mental capacity or is on their side. Much like the political movement of the “get right or get left” idiots, this mentality basically translates to “stop having original thoughts and join our tribe”.
Though I am not here to talk politics, and am certainly not saying that all real boxing fans of the of the not so distant past or their love, passion, and understanding of the sweet science are gone from the sport. I am simply stating that since the Pac/May holdout days the sport has been flooded with gossip loving, TMZ style, enquiring minds (don’t) really want to know kind of people who, when they pick someone to win an upset and that fighter does better than expected, then it has to be called a robbery. Look back to earlier this year to the March fight between GGG and Jacobs, or the fight between Garcia and Thurman.
Let’s all agree to keep the “robbery” tag reserved for fights like the 1998 Olympics match between Roy Jones Jr. And Si Hun Park in which pure corruption obviously took place. Or even the Evander Holyfield 1984 Olympics fight where there was obviously something fishy going on and he got DQ’d and robbed immediately after dropping his challenger Kevin Barry with a clearly legal punch just before the referee yelled for break. Now then, there are two examples (of many) to use as a starting point to learn what a real robbery in the ring actually is.
On to the second half of my two cents… I believe there are quite a few judges in boxing that are either paid off, blind, or just plain unqualified to judge boxing. Boxing is a sport in which the participants spend a great deal of time preparing themselves for fight night. They are judging athletes who go through a grueling 36 minutes in which most fighters give everything they have to get the job done just to be denied the one thing they worked so hard to achieve and if they deserve it, the winning nod. We must ask the following question. If judges are on the “up and up” have been through education and licensing processes can be wrong while judging a fight, then what kind of credit, logically speaking, do people who call themselves fans of boxing, who I will also say are mostly bandwagon fans who really just want to trash everybody except their guy or the guy their guy tells them is good (yeah I’m talking to you Mayweather fans) do these “fans” deserve?
Give up? I will answer this as clearly and honestly as possible, NONE. Just spend 5 minutes looking up boxing on Youtube and you will find people saying that any fight that wasn’t a total destruction was a robbery and needs a rematch ie. Thurman vs. Garcia, or GGG Vs. Jacobs just for 2 examples this year (but oddly not Chocolatito). If you look further into any of these peoples lives, you will find out they were tweeting or on social media during rounds and yet have the balls to act like they have seen the fight clearer than anyone else. I know when you break it down this way it seems laughable, but what is not laughable is that this new generation of fans with their “get right or get left” mentality leaves absolutely no room for growth. So their true knowledge of the sport will stay the same until they finally find something else to cling to and their “love” for boxing gets left behind for better things to totally dumb down.
What I’m really trying to get at is that I for one don’t need to see a close up of your face from your webcam, your banner up behind you or hear your mouths spewing the already spewed “ideas” or “thoughts” that you have about “so and so” or that “so and so” is a racist because he doesn’t agree with me. Just put down whatever it is you’re trying to judge the fights on, understand there are not a lot of people qualified/educated enough to have such high opinions of themselves as boxing authoritarians, gather a few friends, some alcohol or whatever makes you happy when you watch fights, and enjoy the entertainment. If some kind of truly organized and truly educated people are not at the forefront, then when the next generation comes to check out boxing, they will see this unorganized/uneducated hate scene and say, “screw this, I’m going elsewhere for my entertainment” and then boxing as a whole will suffer.