The new US venture called "Big Knockout Boxing" is designed to encourage more knockouts. With a new set of rules and regulations enhancing the chance of the boxers winning via KO.
Gone are the ropes which make up the ring, the rounds have been reduced to two minutes rather than three and the fighters now fight in what is called a pit. The two-minute rounds encourage aggressive punches and benefit the more offensive fighters.
Getting rid of the ropes means boxers will be forced to stand in the centre of the ring and trade punches until one of them lands the winning blow. The fighters will be given smaller gloves, meaning there will be more knockouts and potentially an increase in hand injuries. The first fight is due to take place on August 16 between two middleweights, Gabriel Rosado and Brian Vera.
Boxing isn't perfect but at least it allows boxers the chance to defend themselves and not get hit. This is just pure brutality, increasing the chances of severe head injuries and even death.
This will ensure boxers will have shorter careers due to the barbaric nature of the sport. In boxing boxers can show of their skills, which they have perfected, from years and years of training, their footwork, head movement and boxing ability.
However, with this new sport skilled boxers who have spent years honing their craft and their style will be discriminated against. There would just be a host of boxers, who are all attack minded and who enjoy going forward, leading to boxers going toe to toe trading punches, showing no skill at all just the ability to punch hard.
Boxing is tactical
This is not what boxing is about; boxing is like a chess game, one fighter trying to outwit his opponent and vise versa. Whether that be, the counter punch method, each time their opponent makes a mistake the fighter can profit from this.
Or maybe even the peek-a-boo method when the fighter moves their head from side to side, bobbing and weaving, this provides the fighter with a very good defence, becoming more elusive and able to throw hooks and uppercuts with great effect.
There are many different styles and it is always fascinating to see how the fights pan out which is what makes boxing so exciting because you never know what kind of fight it is going to be. Whereas, with "Big Knockout Boxing" you are basically guaranteed a knockout between the two fighters, showing no skill at all.
Dangers of the sport
Two brilliant fights that spring to mind are, Chris Eubank against Michael Watson and Nigel Benn against Gerald McClellan. These were two terrific fights, in an era where the middleweight division was thriving with world-class boxers.
However, in each of these fights, both Watson and McClellan suffered serious injuries. Watson couldn't hear, speak or walk, he was in a wheelchair, a far cry from how he used to be, he made a miraculous recovery, he has now regained his mobility but still suffers from a slurred speech.
Whereas, McClellan suffered extensive brain damage, he has some ability to walk but only with a cane, he is blind, almost deaf and his short-term memory has been dramatically affected. These are just two examples of what can happen in boxing, no one likes to see this and this would be a common place in the new "Big Knockout Boxing".
This begs the question is the knockout (potentially someone suffering a severe head injury) the main attraction? Or do we really admire the skill of fighters?