A COUPLE of things have become apparent while working on our impending special, 110 Years of Boxing News. The first, and most glaring, is that it was a completely ridiculous project to undertake; my initial idea that we could somehow cram 110 years’ worth of history into 160 pages has since proved to be pure fantasy. The second observation is that boxing, in late 2019, is going through something of a purple patch that compares favourably with other chunks of history.
Looking back over the last month, and ahead to the end of the year, the sport is serving up exciting fight after exciting fight that us hardcore fans can watch in the comfort of our own homes. This is progress. This is great. This should be embraced.
While we all look back on rankings of yesteryear, watch old footage of heroes of the past and yearn for it to be those days again, truth is, if we did venture back, we might be in for a shock. Particularly if we had to start going to the cinema to watch the biggest international fights live or sending off for VHS tapes to watch delayed footage of fights we were forced to miss.