WELL, they did it again. The World Boxing Super Series revealed to every single person inside London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night, and every single person watching at home, the recipe for a successful sport. The secret has been out in nearly every other sport for quite a while now: Matching the best with the best to decide the best will always generate interest, excitement and skill levels of the highest calibre.
It all seems so simple. Take the top eight fighters from each division and, through a tournament-style series of knockout fights, whittle them down to two, before staging a final to crown the king of the division. It’s a concept so simple that it shouldn’t possibly fail. A concept that makes boxing infinitely more appealing, and less confusing, to the masses.
In fact, it’s bordering on the insane that everyone involved at the top of the sport, the promoters, the sanctioning and governing bodies, the broadcasters and the decision makers, haven’t sat down and worked out a way to make it work, division-by-division, year-in, year-out. But boxing has always bordered on the insane.