No, boxing isn’t dead – but for Sonya Lamonakis and the others – it’s not healthier either


Posted on 01/10/2021

By: Sean Crose

Anyone paying attention to the Olympic boxing scandal now rocking the sports world can say that the sport of amateur boxing is in trouble – and has been for a long time. Yet there are also those who are quite unhappy with professional boxing. Fight cancellations, quarrels on Twitter, fans of the new breed who only care about things like the A / B side income split, cable-level fights appearing on the map… frankly, there’s plenty to be had upset – and let’s not even start about the poor judgment and preferential treatment some organizations give some fighters. While last weekend’s Oleksandr Usyk – Anthony Joshua heavyweight title fight showed us that the sport is alive and well in many ways, there are still serious concerns among boxing fans.

“For example,” says professional boxer Sonya Lamonakis, who is also a great organizer of amateur events, “you have a lot of boxers who shouldn’t go pro but go to North Carolina, South Carolina and Mexico. and they buy fights with a substitute just to set a record and have a false hope of being a successful boxer. It’s not just bad business strategy, it’s dangerous. “Having a decent record,” Lamonakis continues, “They take a real boxing match and they get beaten up or knocked out.”

Lamonakis is also concerned about the novelty boxing industry. What started out sounding harmless and funny when Mike Tyson returned to the Roy Jones exhibit last year turned ugly last month when a path over Evander Holyfield hill was stopped on the first lap by the Former UFC notable Vitor Belfort in a fight against Holyfield, 58, accepted two weeks before. “Boxing is laughed at,” she says, “with these famous YouTubers and boxing entities selling boxing fights that aren’t really fights. Without a doubt, any serious boxing fan cannot be at least a little concerned with the current popularity of novelty events.

Yet novelty fights and padded records aren’t the only thing that bothers Lamonakis in the contemporary professional boxing scene. “On top of real sport,” she said, “you have all the top five boxers shunning each other because of handbags and politics… I feel like that kind of nonsense didn’t exist. not years ago. It’s happened in the last 10 years and I’m not sure it’s good for the sport of boxing. While it’s true that no one can rightly say boxing is dead, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that it’s not entirely healthy right now, either.

And that’s not a good thing.


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