Since the arrival and passing of what was deemed the ‘biggest fight of the century,’ which proved to be, nothing more than a sensational media hype, the boxing world in the upcoming year may severely struggle to reach former heights and maintain the public interest.
Most people already know that boxing has been in a severe financial fix over the past decade due to the widespread arousal of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and similar, Mixed Martial Arts based leagues. But now, the person who practically became the public face of boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr., promises to hang up his gloves in September, along with Manny Pacquiao, who also promises retirement, as well as many other lesser legends. This list includes:
1. Andre Ward
2. Wladimir Klitschko
3. Tim Bradley
4. Juan Manuel Marquez
5. Guillermo Rigondeaux
6. Carl Froch
7. Roman Gonzalez
8. Saul Canelo Alvarez
These are all high ranking members of Ring Magazines top 10 fighters, Andre word sitting at second, quoted saying on twitter, “If I never box another day in my life, I can’t complain.” Carl Froch will soon follow if he doesn’t get a match with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Wladimir Klitschko will not be far behind if he wins the final world title, granting him undisputed heavyweight champion.
So all these big changes? What does this mean to the world of boxing?
Firstly, there will be a new revival in the competition pool as young, tough fighters challenge skin and nail to fill these spots. Right of the bat, a fighter who won in the undercard of the Floyd-Manny fight, Lomachenko looked incredibly good in his KO victory in Featherweight championship over Rodriguez. For a fighter with just 4 prior fights, he has an incredible chance to be a pound-for-pound superstar.
But then of course, there’s also the already established names, Canelo Alvarez, who is likely to match up with Miguel Cotto sometime later this year. Adrien Broner vs. Danny Garcia; Abner Mares vs. Leo Santa Cruz, who showed an impressive victory in the undercard over Cayetano. These are just some of the possible match ups for 2015.
Following the Floyd, Pac fight, Manny mentioned that he fought with a hurt right shoulder, impressive considering his performance, which many, believe was worthy of a victory or at the least a draw. But now that the biggest fight is over, and many top level fighters promise to retire, upcoming fighters across the globe see this a golden opportunity to rise the ranks and make a name for themselves in the boxing world.
It was a rocky, sometimes tumultuous decade in boxing that saw the rise of great, unforgettable stars, but now, a new age approaches where gym rats in boxing clubs all over the place look up to their idols, hoping to be like them, or even–aspire to be even better.
Regardless of what the unknown brings, Boxing is surely back on the rise.