Sporting events the world over are starting to find their dates for return if they haven’t come back to our screens already, and despite big differences for many a lot of success has been found with many events taking place with great success over the past month or two. Those relying on these events have been able to capitalize too, despite regulation changes many non uk casino and betting operators here have been reporting great numbers as sporting events return. One of the big holdouts without any news yet, however, has been within the big boxing heavyweight fight many fans are waiting for – however as the UFC has shown recently combat sports are still very much in demand, and there are many lessons boxing can learn from recent broadcasts.
No fans present isn’t all bad
One of the big holdouts so far has been Eddie Hearns insistence on having fans at the live venue, at some point even suggesting a plan that would allow 2,000 ticket holders to attend if at all possible – however if this is a cause for concern, not having fans present isn’t all that bad. Hearing all of the strikes land, conversations between fighters and between corners, the sound of commentators in the background – it creates a unique experience, and possibly something that even changes the dynamic of a fight. Even if the short term, it may be a consideration very much worth exploring.
Perhaps it’s time for a purpose built arena
Obviously there will never be any replacement for the garden for the biggest fights, as well as bigger stadiums like the O2 arena always proving to be invaluable – but much like MMA, boxing has always had its controversy with judging and commissions, perhaps now may serve as a great opportunity into looking at a purpose build arena away from the bureaucracy to usher in an era of fair and unbiased competition – not likely within boxing, but if the UFC Fight Island is successful, it may send waves across combat sports!
A long wait calls for great success
One thing that has been shown is that the long wait does call for great success, the first UFC event after a shorter lockdown was able to become the most bet event in the companies history and despite lost sales at the gate for tickets, PPV numbers go up to compensate. Given the delays haven’t been that long, we’re still in the relatively close timeline to where the fight had been, but leaving it too long could leave fans losing interest especially when many are waiting for the Fury or Wilder fight as a challenger – waiting too long could become a detriment.
With any luck, some decisions will be made in the coming weeks and fans can be met with a more solid date for the heavyweight spectacle to take place and hopefully move closer to the superfight many are hoping for, but for now there are only some less anticipated fights to look toward in the coming months.