If there was ever an example of why boxing is dead, it was the last fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
Many felt Wilder won the fight after two knockdowns that Fury somehow came back from. Others thought Fury won off the scorecard. The judges scored a draw instead. The fact that everyone saw that fight and scored it differently is what's wrong with the sport. There is no continuity, no standard and no way of knowing what's right or wrong. The sport has given itself to the dollar and the Fury-Wilder bout is further evidence that boxing officials are just looking for another money-making fight.
Another issue facing boxing is the lack of fights among prominent boxers in their prime. Between Floyd Mayweather ducking Manny Pacquiao for so long, and then toying with MMA fighter Conor McGregor, there's a lot of dancing around and not trading punches. Even Wilder-Fury is an example of this. Wilder and heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua should be hooking up, but both have yet to finalize a match.
Boxing is dying.
Anyone who thinks boxing is dying clearly hasn't been paying attention for the last two years.
Since Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao faced off, real boxers have come forward to thrill the sports world. Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez have faced off twice, while Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury was estimated to surpass 300,000 buys in the United States alone. Boxing may have been struggling years ago, but the sport is thriving by finally putting together matches that people care about.
Even if it might not be as prominent as it once was in the United States, boxing is still dominant overseas. In Europe, Mexico and Asia, boxing is still one of the more popular sports with its attractive narrative of coming up from nothing to achieve glory. MMA might have international fighters, but it doesn't have the prestige that boxing does. Fighters are not demanding to stay or travel to the United States for big fights, but are instead willing to travel overseas for better promotions.
And controversy isn't a sign that the sport is fading. It's actually encouraging. The more people are talking about the sport, the more boxing stays relevant. Even the split on how Fury-Wilder was scored means people care enough to comment on it.
Boxing may have been knocked down, but it is still strong.