|Why Fighters Should Be The Only Ones Calling The Shots
By Jason Petock, Doghouse Boxing (July 20, 2013)
boxing media is biased, unjust and out of their minds. They have
built a predisposed hierarchy that is solely based on slanted
viewpoints and hype personified. It is the writers and newsmen’s
names and opinions that become highlighted more so than any fighter’s
accomplishments in the ring, and it is on the backs of boxers that
these “experts” build their careers and egos up to a whole other
level. Mind you none of these so-called men have ever fought inside
of the ring, outside of it, or even in a dark or semi-light alleyway
for that matter. Their expertise is based on hypothesis and nothing
practical or real world knowledge, just a general assumption as to
what they think is going on, what happened, what may or may not
happen, and who they think or do not think is worthy of kudos in
their skewed views. These journalistic lapdogs and “yes men” have
built a subculture of the lowest level, a layer of filth so worthless
and condescending that even if they wanted to find a way out of the
muck they wouldn’t – for sake of losing their status or position
among the masses. To call them pathetic is a compliment. To call them
knowledgeable, obscene. To listen to their opinions, irrelevant. To
ask their advice, asinine.
and journalists in general spend more time reading or listening to
their own opinions and expounding on what they said about something
else they said prior to that. They love the sound of their own voices
or the ring of their words all jumbled together. And they’re easy
to spot. They’re everywhere. Literally. Tune in to any fight or
boxing event period on any given day and there they will be. Any
major corporate funded or even non-funded website and they’ll be
there. Lying in wait, hoping for the next big story to break or
only thing honest about these people is how much they are fooling the
public into believing their lies. It’s a full time job and no one
is the wiser these days. Hype is king. Publicity, advertising and
bullshit are the courses of the day and they will fill up the average
fan as fast as humanly possible. Rhetoric and pabulum floods social
media, television, boxing telecasts and websites at a maximum pace.
Typically the ones defending these positions are the guilty parties.
Revealing and even challenging such elitist and delusional journalism
in boxing isn’t favorably looked upon, as it is far easier to tend
the flock when their eyes are covered completely.
the professional prizefighter. Hungry, knowledgeable about boxing
from the ground up and hopefully not yet jaded or delusional about
the game. Because it is a game. In the purest sense it is about two
boxers going toe-to-toe but outside of the purism it is a game.
Boxing is a game of manipulation and deceit outside of the ring.
About those who do not fight making decisions and rules and moves
over those who do. Some say without all the others involved in boxing
that fighters would have nothing. If there were no fighters then the
clingers on and users would have nothing. It’s really just that
simple. Their success and unjust rewards are earned by the blood,
sweat, tears and hours in the gym spent by those brave enough to
fight for the cowards who will not.
to boxing commentators. They are worthless and unnecessary. Repeat,
they are worthless and unnecessary. When you condition someone to a
specific voice or opinion that is really all you are doing. Their
formulated opinions and biased natures silence and sedate the masses
tenfold. Legions of fans get their views from guys who do not care
about boxing, where it has been, or where it is headed.
care about making a statement, swaying the public in one way or
another, and building an underlying resentment for boxers that they
themselves may not like. Herd mentality is a hell of a thing but
works wonders in sports media, specifically with boxing as its
testing ground. Time and time again commentators and “experts”,
that’s right “experts” will tell fans what to think. When all
the while they themselves not only don’t know what they are looking
at but could care less of the outcome.
not everyone can have as much passion in their careers as boxers do.
While their profession is truly one of the toughest out there, it is
their desire to fight and fight hard that leaves the rest of us in
such awe and amazement. Sadly, in modern times admiring or even being
a true fan of a boxer will get you labeled as a “dick rider”.
Seriously. Add in that herd or sheepish mentality and such a weak and
useless descriptive becomes standard in boxing circles.
note the term is used very loosely here, corrupt and pollute the
sport from the inside out making a mockery of boxing and what it
stands for. Fighters fight one another and people look up to them for
their courage, honor and brutality. Nothing more. Shook ones sit on
the sidelines and run their mouths without ever having to face their
fears or another man in the squared circle. Both convenient and
telling on the same token.
problem is obvious and has been identified. The solution? Allow
fighters to work fights as commentators and analysts as well as
participants and judges. It could be done. Eliminate the biased
commentary and garbage that spews forth from corporate puppets whose
only real purpose is to delude and trick the casual boxing fan into
viewpoints that are not their own. Television alters your brainwaves,
announcers numb them.
establishing an all fighter panel during boxing telecasts fans would
be afforded the rare opportunity to listen to people who actually
know the sport (and don’t pretend to) and can really break things
down in the ring past the generalities and hype riddled bullshit that
we are all accustomed to typically. Blow-by-blow analysis would reach
another level, as fighters could offer rare insight and technical
observations that no newspaperman or overweight writer with mustard
stains on his shirt ever could. Honestly. It is one thing to listen
to a media person call a fight and something else altogether when a
boxer does it. Would you listen to music made by yelping dogs?
all this is, is nothing more than mere speculation and hypothesis
once more. Just a mere suggestion really. Boxers are the ones who
fight in the ring and are the true “experts”. Not writers,
fair-weather fans, commentators, newspaper jockeys, casual observers,
trainers (unless they fought), corner men (same deal), managers,
publicists, radio interviewers, cut men, promoters, club owners,
investors, or t-shirt salesmen. Get it? Fighters would actually bring
some color commentary to the drab ass shit that the networks are
trying to sell boxing fans on. Next time you watch a major fight be
sure to watch it with the sound OFF. You’ll be surprised at what
you really see once the bees stop buzzing in your ear.
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