IS THE UK BRINGING BOXING BACK TO IT’S ROOTS? NEW DOORS OPENING

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Boxing originated in Britain way back in 1867 where people would compete for small winnings and take part for fun. Decades later the U.S reformed it into the mega money scene we now see, but is the U.S losing its charm?

A fighters dream will always be to make it big in your home town, represent your country and then travel across the pond and conquer America. Madison Square Garden, MGM Grand & the Thomas & Mack Center are iconic to championship fighting when boxing is considered, but how do they compare to today’s generation?

Vegas has been built on fortune and fame since the beginning of time, casino’s and gambling have assembled a recognizable hot-spot for the rich and famous. Ticket prices, TV broadcasters & celebrity status demand the highest level of social status when events are involved.

Historically the U.S have been home to the most notorious fighters but we are entering a new subculture that has boxing rolling back the years and returning to its roots. Money can buy you a ringside ticket in the MGM Arena, it can buy you a VIP entry at the Madison Square Garden but it can’t buy atmosphere, and the little island of the United Kingdom is demanding the sport comes home.

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Gone are the day’s of Don King’s iconic figure guiding the sport into corruption and turmoil. We no longer seek direction from the promoters as much now we have the power of social media.

The art of self promotion is a thing fighters have taken by storm, and trash talking has enabled fighters to give themselves a noticeable platform that fans can interact with them. This isn’t a thing of the past, and the money is no longer the key factor needed to make fights happen.

Social media has also allowed fans to chuck their 2 pence in and extreme pressure from the paying public have sculpted a demand for fighters to give in to their calls. The UK is home to trash talking, and it’s one of the things we do best.

We currently have an incredible stable of British fighters and although the broadcasters and promoters are rivaling each other, they have accumulated some extreme talent and are now holders of multiple world champions.

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With world titles bring celebrity status, with status brings recognition and with that brings a line of fighters wanting to take what you have. We no longer find ourselves in a situation where to become a world champion, you have to travel over see’s to take on the big boys in America.

We have champions in lots of division’s on home soil, and many have looked in the saucepan and liked the look of what’s bubbling. We no longer here the phrase “Come and fight in America” but we now have fighters saying “I’ll come to the UK” as recent years have seen it Britain raise the roof on boxing.

Passionate fans sell out arena’s and provide memorable nights. Memorable nights bring iconic moments that all fighters want a slice of. It’s no secret that we may not have the most talented fighters in the world, but we have the locations that everyone wants to fight in.

Not only is England thriving, but Nothern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are also lining up some huge future events. Carl Frampton has single handedly taken Nothern Ireland into new heights, taking thousands of fans with him to America this year showed us the power he possesses, but now we have people desperate to come to NI.

Ricky Burns, admittedly is looking to be on his way out but brings a huge noise every time he fights at the SSE Hydro. Homegrown fighters coming out of Scotland are making huge noise and Edinburgh fighter Josh Taylor is expected to take over Burns’ spot.

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Fighters from all over the globe are queuing up to fight here. WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is eyeing up a fight on British soil as he hopes to entice Tony Bellew or Anthony Joshua into a bout.

Anthony Crolla regularly packs huge numbers into the Manchester Arena time and time again as he continues Manchester’s iconic boxing hotspot. Jorge Linares has travelled twice here to fight, receiving a handsome purse in front of thousands of screaming fans.

Last year we saw global sensation Gennady Golovkin head over to the UK to face Kell Brook in a middleweight showdown, the first time the Kazakh king has fought on British soil. Once again, money can buy you tickets but it can’t buy you the atmosphere and the memories.

Tony Bellew is another figure who is making a lot of noise whether you love him or hate him. The Liverpudlian always does huge numbers at the Echo Arena and we recently saw him put on a blockbuster performance at Goodison Park, the home of Everton Football Club. Love him or hate him, he is a wizard at self promotion.

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I feel now more than ever that the state of world boxing is shifting from the US, and entering the UK. We have always had fighters, but never the noise. Recent unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has shown the pulling power he brings as 90,000 fans gather to sell out the historic Wembley Stadium.

Wales currently has Lee Selby and Nathan Cleverly holding world titles in their honor with potential fights at the millennium stadium on the horizon. The same venue has been rumored to host a number of Anthony Joshua’s future fights.

We could potentially see Vasyl Lomachenko making his way over to Manchester to face Terry Flanagan, last year we had Guillermo Rigondeaux over to face Jazza Dixens. South African world champion Zolani Tete has adopted the UK as his new home and continues to fight under Frank Warren picking up the nickname, “The Scouse African”.

Floyd Mayweather heads over here at the end of the month with his latest protegé, Gervonta Davis as he defends his world title against Liam Walsh at the London Copper Box Arena. Kell Brook also defends his 147lbs IBF title at Bramall Lane this month, bringing undefeated Olympian Errol Spence Jr over from America.

Boxing has been missing a Ricky Hatton type figure for years, a man who could bring a nation together to watch him fight. I’m convinced America is on thin ice if it continues to lack in atmosphere and passion. The UK is thriving at the moment and we should expect some incredible few years to come.

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So many names I could have mentioned here that I haven’t, but it’s definitely a promising time.

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