Let’s bring a new golden age to boxing

“Let’s be ready to scold!”

For many Australians, it immediately brings to mind boxing. The famous line that has enabled millions of people around the world to compete in the World Championships for generations. For some it was an introduction to what they were going to do, to stay in shape, to learn the discipline and for some to try for a career.

Sadly, if you’re not a big talker or grab the headlines with bold statements, many boxers across the country just aren’t earning enough to make a living from it.

Love it or hate it, Anthony Mundine running his mouth sold tickets and sold pay-per-views. If you hated him, you tended to see him get knocked out. If you loved him, you were in it for another reason to gloat at those on the other side of the fence that he was better than they gave him credit for (which, for the record, was the height of his career. as a boxer, Mundine had the power and speed to back it up, he chased the dollar a bit at the end of his career and so at least both sides on the love / hate side had the opportunity to gloat).

But unless you’re prepared to turn the majority of Australia against you to grab the headlines, the fact remains that there isn’t enough money being invested in boxing across Australia. There are so many talented boxers who have to decide whether to go to work and feed their families or train for a fight.

There are some who have to turn down a chance to advance their career inside the square circle due to the fact that they only earn money from fights with the tickets they sell.

As a sports mad nation, we have to change that. And we need to support local boxing more in order to allow these boxers with true abilities to shine.

Apart from names like Sonny Bill Williams, Paul Gallen, Tim Tszyu, and a relatively small number of others, most people couldn’t tell you much about boxing, and why is it in such a rush to fight in the field. ‘foreign? The simple answer is that is where the money is.

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Not since the 2009-2010 show The pretender – ultimately won by Garth Wood (spoiler alert) – where the winner would have a $ 250,000 “ prize fight ” with Anthony Mundine (in his prime) truly captured the imaginations of everyday Australians.

Like many other sports administrators, the Australian National Boxing Federation (ANBF) is afraid to make radical changes for fear of backlash from state boxing associations and federations, and for fear of alienating some. “ legends ”.

And anyone from ANBF reading this – there’s nothing wrong with that, it’s a natural approach that’s taken by many sport governing bodies.

Let’s see a way we could possibly support the local Australian boxing scene and bring back some real fundamental meaning to boxing. It is an Olympic sport, and Australia has a rich history of generating boxing champions on the international stage.

Just over a year ago, at the height of the pandemic, Scott Morrison provided the NRL with a $ 238 million government “aid” package, but not a document, it was an “investment.” to ensure that the game continues in the future ”.

Xavier Coates of the Broncos

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Let’s say the Australian National Boxing Federation got a “$ 20 million investment to ensure the code continues into the future” from the federal government and revamped the local boxing scene.

The ideas of the Super League continue to generate interest in all sporting codes abroad, they are fundamentally supported by extremely wealthy people and offer to pay a high price for their athletes to compete – mainly because most are ‘rebel’ competitions for longtime power brokers who don’t I want to lose their cut – the Australian National Boxing Federation could act now before some retired boxers who were smart with their money during their careers decide it’s time to give more support to the local scene and put the differences aside to improve Australian boxing and kickstart theirs. Super League.

An ANBF Super League would turn things around and have the ability to bring some fans back to the sport which would give it some relevance in Australia where we are all crazy about our sport. While the idea below isn’t ideal, it’s at least a start.

Ranking system
A controversial start, but hopefully people would agree to be for the general good, is that all the rankings across the country are reset – I mean no one knows how these rankings work and even some research on the The World Boxing Federation’s Ranking page does not. help as indicated:

“The World Boxing Federation (WBF) used independently calculated rankings, over which the World Boxing Federation has no influence on the position of the boxers.”

So, first of all, we would need to replace that with a new system that is easy to understand and gives fans an easy way to see who is sitting where and why they are sitting where they sit in the leaderboards.

Controversial, yes, but all boxers in Australia have zero ranking points. Most sports across Australia operate on the win / draw / lose point system and people can follow and even understand it. So let’s implement something like this.

But we also have to reward performance, so we’ll add a bonus point for a knockout.

So what we currently have is zero for a loss, one point for a draw, two for a win, and one bonus point for a knockout.

The Super League
As no one knows how the ranking system actually works at this time, we keep the top ten on the current ranking page, even though everyone has zero ranking points.

The next step for the Australian National Boxing Federation would be to either broadcast live or preferably partner with boxing promoters such as No Limits Boxing, while finding a broadcaster to host weekly Friday night fight nights. – free-to-air would obviously be the best. .

Across the country, fighters continue to do their jobs, from fighting in local promotions to continuing to improve their overall ranking in their weight division using the above ranking system with the adopted rules that each fighter during of the challenge show is to fight someone ranked above them on the states leaderboard.

After reaching the top ten at the state level, the fighter can then take on or challenge an interstate fighter who is ranked in the national top ten.

Friday Night Fight Night will feature selected fights, with dark fights being broadcast live on the ANBF platform from these top ten domestic fighters involved in a tournament style fight for the title of this weight division.

Use of funding
Federal government funding could be used to distribute to all states – to some extent – to help them reinvigorate their systems to help secure a minimum combat payout for any fights they sanction.

This means that promoters have to do their part and literally what their work says: promote.

There must be some degree that people who want to play this sport can do so without worrying about going to work and feeding the family or trying to keep up with their dream or activities in the sport regardless of their location. right.

Obviously, as part of this more open and transparent ranking system, the guaranteed payout to the fighter increases with his ranking and guarantees the title winners $ 100,000 – in fights that only the ANBF sanction.

It will create more hunger for those who want to reach the top, it will give fighters more visibility than they can get now by helping to get sponsors while dispelling the general idea that the sport is just full of thugs – two guys in a denigrating ring.

Anyway, this is just a thought, please feel free to share your thoughts on how to improve financial support for boxers and improve the boxing code in the comments below. .

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