July 21, 2010 1 Comment
I rarely do re-posts here, but seeing as how I am the original author, I think it’ll be OK. Below is an excerpt and link to an article I wrote for NESN.com, one of the finest sports sites out there (especiallly if you are a New Englander ;)).
UFC and boxing aren’t the two most disparate sports in the world, but for years, fans of the two pugnacious pastimes have argued over which sport reigns supreme.
Boxing is one of the oldest of the modern sports, but mixed martial arts has seen an explosion in its fan base over the past few years.
Boxing has never quite enjoyed the same cultural influence which MMA is currently experiencing.
The argument has bubbled up to the highest parts of UFC, as seen when UFC president Dana White discussed boxing and boxing fans (as usual with White, there’s “colorful” language in that interview). As much as bickering between fans served its purpose of extending the debate, there really haven’t been many opportunities to make a definitive distinction regarding which sport produces the better athlete.
That is, until now… [read more on James Toney at NESN]