Author: Beau Denision
If you are sports fan, then you know that one of the pleasures of being a fan is having the ability from time to time to engage in conversation and/or debate regarding a particular subject or current event in a given sport. Often such conversations can be filled with opinions, facts, and passion both for the subject and the sport.
One such sport where all of the above take place on a seemingly daily basis is the sport of Boxing. As a Boxing writer and historian it is such conversations that I thoroughly enjoy discussing with anyone who asks for my opinion on a particular fight, potential fight that could be made, or topics such as fantasy bouts or a subject having to do with the sport in general. In addition to asking for an opinion, a prediction, or at times a suggestion on a fight or fights to watch, a question that I am asked from time to time is what is it like to be a Boxing writer?
Of course, the answer to that question will vary depending on the individual. For this observer my love for Boxing began at a very early age. When I was growing up a daily routine of mine was to watch fight films. Back then such fighters as Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, and Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. among others were the sport’s central figures in one form or another. It did not take long for Boxing to not only become my favorite of all sports, but the sport I was most passionate about.
My love for the sport would only continue to grow as the years went on and along the way I discovered a talent for writing. Eventually, I ventured into becoming a writer and it seemed only natural that the sport, which would become my primary focus would be Boxing.
The primary piece of advice that I would offer to any aspiring writer who wants to cover sports is they need to be dedicated to what they choose to pursue. It goes without saying that there are drawbacks to just about every sport and there are things that can leave a bad taste in the mouths of fans.
A question that some who are either casual fans of Boxing or fans who have become jaded have asked me over the years is why would I want to cover and write about a sport that is subject to consistent ridicule and subject to questions about potential corruption? It is true that Boxing has had more than it’s share of black eyes over the years and it can at times be all too tempting for fans to throw up their hands and voice their dissatisfaction with the sport. More often than not, such dissatisfaction is expressed following a fight where there is a controversial stoppage or particularly fights that end via a controversial decision involving judges charged with the task of scoring a fight where the official scoring can differ significantly from the opinion of fans watching a fight.
Fights that end under such controversial circumstances are something that comes with the territory for a Boxing fan and something that those who cover the sport will write about whenever those circumstances emerge. Despite the potential for ridicule whenever controversy arises, Boxing has also shown why it is also a great sport. The trilogy between the late great Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward is one example of some of the good the sport has to offer.
Two warriors who always gave everything they had in the ring treating the Boxing world to thirty grueling rounds of a give and take battle. One thing that was absent from this trilogy was the influence of the various political elements of the sport. It was a throwback to a time where two fighters chose to face each other. There were no questions about rankings or world title shots and there was no controversy. For three fights Gatti and Ward engaged in one of the sport’s greatest trilogies and simply left it all in the ring.
Although the sport will always have it’s detractors and those who will choose to point out it’s flaws, I cover the sport because I have a sincere love, appreciation, and passion for it. The Gatti-Ward trilogy is just one of many examples of what makes Boxing so great and why I love the sport. In regard to those black eyes that can plague the sport from time to time, one of my goals as a Boxing writer has always been not only to cover the controversial elements that can surface from time to time, but also to talk about things that can improve the sport.
After all, no sport is perfect and there is always room for improvement. Some of the topics that I have written about over the years in regard to improving the sport of Boxing have included such subjects as improving rankings, unifying all weight classes to determine one undisputed world champion per weight class, and how fights are scored to name a few have been subjects that I have regularly discussed over the years.
It is important to not only focus on the fights and the fighters themselves, but to also bring to light things that could benefit the sport overall, in my opinion. As a Boxing writer it has always been my goal to not only provide readers with an opinion, facts, or to discuss the history of Boxing, but to always defend the integrity of the sport during its best and worst moments.
Boxing has provided me with so many memories over the years and I consider it an honor to be involved in a sport that I have loved my entire life. For this observer, the answer to the question what is it like to be a Boxing writer? is usually that it is a great profession for those who want to pursue it. I simply love it.