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The Current Issues With Club Level Boxing

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The Current Issues With Club Level Boxing

This may be of note to a few, but club boxing across the world is in trouble.

The world of boxing’s social media resource, Tim Boxeo, on his newly started “Tim Boxeo Show” podcast, laid out in detail what has been happening across the world to shows at the lower level.

“It’s beyond a point of frustration at this point. Now that it’s affecting my buying decisions,” Boxeo said on the podcast.

If you’re out of the loop, Boxeo has a long-storied reputation for watching and buying boxing club shows all over the globe. So much he even joked about that he was the only one purchasing these shows, which I always assumed was.

A Thursday show in Ghana? Boxeo is watching.
A Russia show with a fighter being walked in with a bear? Boxeo has the video.
That 400-pound heavyweight from Indiana that beat up a 45-year-old? You guessed it, Boxeo has the knockout.

Part of the problem with that is that if the buying public or even the most dedicated such as Boxeo are having trouble purchasing shows, it needs an overhaul.

The solution on this seems to be the biggest problem with it as well in money as there appears to be a lack of it around for these shows. The pandemic killed off the club boxing here for several months last year in the state of Florida, where I reside, due to many of the promoters not being able to afford even to put on shows. The restrictions since then have loosened, and the shows seemed to have been back in full swing here in Florida. Unfortunately, this is not true for everywhere else at all.

Money is tight everywhere, and it’s forcing these smaller promotions to create either pay-per-view or subscription services. It’s the Global Appazation of our viewing habits. While it worked for Netflix (somewhat), I don’t think it is sustainable over the long haul as if every boxing promotional outfit did this, I would have enough space on any device for all of the apps to watch boxing.

The solution that would solve this will be to hopefully see if once the pandemic subsides, promoters can generate revenue the old-fashioned way with tickets and concessions. In the interim, we are in a weird pattern where shows have to go to whatever methods they can with varying levels of production quality. Boxeo noted on the podcast that these streams sound like every news report where the reporter shakes down scammers and shady business practices.

“In general, boxing people never cease to amaze me at the flippant attitude it has towards their customers. Streams go down and die. This past weekend, I had a stream go down and die on a show I paid 20 dollars for. After the 1st bout, the stream died, and there is no communication,” Boxeo stated.

That isn’t a good look, and nobody likes being ripped off. So hopefully, the next boxing stream you or Boxeo orders doesn’t leave you wondering is it even worth the hassle.

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Marquis Johns is a unknown humorist and avid boxing fan. His love for the sweet science goes back to when matches were 15 rounds and has been covering fights since closed-circuit pay-per-views. Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth is not only a quote by Mike Tyson, it's also a pretty good reminder to keep your guard up.

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