Friday Night Fights on ESPN2 and Tuesday night Boxing on Fox Sports Net are the closest thing you'll find to free boxing any more unless you want to count the crap on UPN.
As to the $55...it's $5 too much for me. I love boxing, but I'll wait a week and catch the replay on HBO a week from saturnday. I'll just have to miss the undercard.
IBFJr. Featherweight champ Manny Paquito is defending his title against the former world champ Jorge Julio.
And former 130 lb champ Joel Cassamayor is fighting a 10 rounder with Juan Jose Arias.
Both these fight are probably going to be better technically than the heavyweight show. But these are the fights that will not be replayed.
And in just 3 weeks, a very good match-up is coming to PPV. Barrera v. Morales for the Featherweight Championship. Both these guys are among the best technical fighters I've ever seen. But again...I'll have to catch them on the 29th!
And for those that long for the "good ol' Days" of "free TV" boxing...Remember the Ali-Frasier match live on TV? How about Ali-Foreman? You sure? If you do, it's either a manufactured memory or you had a home satellite system well before they were affordable to mere mortals. This fights and almost all subsequent fights of the same stature were on closed circuit TV in venues accross the country with a fairly steep admission. They were broadcast a week later on ABC's Wide World of Sports.
Once cable had enough penetration, they switched to PPV.
Scott, if the Rachman fight was a Rocky movie, he would have sait "Cut-it! Cut-it!" That was one hell of a hemotoma! I've never seen that kind of swelling before. He started to look like Herman Munster!
Tony, you appear to be the resident boxing expert here. Have you ever heard of a fellow by the name of Antonio Tarver? He is a contender for the Light Heavyweight title and has spent a good deal of time training here in Vero Beach. He had looked into staying in a rental property that the bank and I own here while training for a fight earlier this year. He seemed like a fairly nice fellow when I met him for a few minutes.
I can't believe that you don't know why they are charging sooo much.
It's being aired from an ancient pyramid built by 'royal' Tennessee mountaineers on the Mississippi River.
It might be the other house that 'Jack' built?
The Magic Man! Yes I've seen him on Friday Night Fights.
Taver is a contender for the IBF, but I don't think he has it to make it to the top even in that division. He had an incredible left hand! But he doesn't have enough to compete with the top boxes in the weight class. I think Taver is the #3 or 4 contender.
Anyway, Tavers will have a hard time getting by Roy Jones Jr. (if Roy ever fights him).
I agree that the Ali Frazier and Ali Foreman bouts were not on free TV. But many title bouts were. So were many fights between contenders. Today none are. Ia m not balming anyone for this development but I am saying that it sure did not help the average fan----and I am not sure it has helped the sport.
I wouldn't pay $.05 to watch Tyson fight. This really kills me, when I was a kid, we used to watch Ali and Patterson fights live on broadcast TV. That was exciting. This PPV crap is for the birds. They are getting too damned greedy, just like all other sports players, gimmee, gimmee, gimmee.
BTW, what's Don King's cut from this? Or whoever the greedy, money grubbing monger of a fight promoter is.
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