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Those who follow the Sweet Science are seemingly in a constant fear for boxing's immanent implosion. Bogus regulatory and governmental oversight, self-interested boxing associations, outmoded boxing rankings and the social stigmata against boxing's randomizing violence as entertainment ethic, all adding up to the diminishment of a once imperial sporting activity, professional boxing. We take a deep breath; we have not yet mentioned the short-circuited star system, those non-existent household names as the media visible standard bearers for the sport generally/internationally.
Let's leave aside the systemic problems of boxing's political black hole. Let's just all understand, there really are up and coming 'somebody's in the making,' though over looked and invisible they often seem to be. Perhaps, we are lacking another Ray Leonard or Oscar De La Hoya, still there are some seriously talented warrior's on the cusp. Boxing - even with its antiquated media public relations techniques - finds itself with a seriously marketable grouping. If that's being too optimistic, let's just settle for an overview of the "next gen" champions in the making. One step at a time; yes, that's more realistic. Let's see if the talent pool to take us beyond the Tyson-De La Hoya era really does have something to offer.