UFC interim heavyweight champion Tom Aspinall has expressed his frustration with the current state of boxing, particularly at heavyweight. Aspinall, who is also a fan of boxing, believes that the sport has lost its way and that too many predictable matches are being made.
Aspinall made his comments during an interview with TalkSPORT. He said: "I'm a big fan of boxing, I absolutely love the sport, but I can't stand the current model of boxing. I hate the way boxing works at the moment. I love the science, I love the defensive techniques and I absolutely love watching the classic traditional boxers who were brilliant defensively.
The direction in which the way boxing is going right now is absolutely terrible." Aspinall is particularly frustrated by the lack of suspense in most of the matches that have been contracted. He said: "You can literally look at a card, watch an Eddie Hearn, Frank Warren or any other promoter's show and know what the results are going to be.
Let's say there are ten fights, you can know at least eight winners before the gong even rings on any of those fights. I can't take it, we're talking about the best guys in the world, and none of them are fighting each other.
Boxing is losing popularity
Aspinal's criticism is not without merit. There have been several high-profile fights in boxing this year, such as those between Terrence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr., Devin Haney and Vasil Lomachenko, or Naoya Inoue and Stephen Fulton.
However, there were also a few disappointing matches that did not live up to expectations. One of the biggest problems with boxing today is that the best fighters are often unwilling to fight each other. This is due to a number of factors, including the fear of losing, the desire to protect their unbeaten record, and the influence of promoters and managers.
As a result, fans are often left with a series of predictable matches that do not excite or interest them. This is a big problem for boxing, because it is necessary for the sport to have the best fighters against each other in order to maintain its popularity.
If boxing wants to continue to thrive, it needs to find a way to make its matches more competitive and unpredictable. Otherwise, he risks losing fans.