Boxing ... the undead sport for night walkers. Just don't turn on the lights
I always assumed that was just something people were saying till I stumbled onto these ancient articles from the google news paper archives dating back over 200 years. This is a long one and well worth the read. I think everyone here can appreciate this. Some of the text is scrambled though.
I'm going to quote from the articles found in the goodle news archives. They're well worth a read if you've ever stood on the boxing is dying bad wagon I read every one of these and love it. In no real order here are some I found most interesting.
1937 - Jack Dempsey knows his own game. When he says boxing will be washed up within a year, unless something's done, he's talking straight from his heart. "It isn't boxing anymore, he complains, "but just a big lawsuit."
Still, when Jack thinks the evils of his former occupation can be cleaned up by appointing a czar-someone like judge landis, who runs organised baseball, there is room for doubt
Jul 22, 1966 - Boxing is dead no question in Jack Dempsey's mind the fight game is dead, there is no fight game to day the former champion said there never will be again.
May 22, 1965 - Boxing is dead not just in Boston but everywhere. Former heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano gave that opinion in an interview recently with the Boston Traveler.
Apr 10, 1941 - They've been saying for. years that boxing is dead. Well, with the 52.000-odd gate for tho Joe louis-tony Musto fuss In St. Louis Tuesday night, the fight game neared the million-and-ahalf dollar mark for the nation's major attractions In this indoor season
May 26, 1965 - "I said boxing is dead, and I guess it's true," said Rocky Marciano sadly. "
"Dec 9, 1903 - Whether the timehonored sport of boxing is dead or only sleeping will probably be demonstrated this month so far as Los Angeles is concerned and the Coliseum Athletic Association which has now completed an uptodate."
"Jun 15, 1906 - Jim Neil Declares Boxing Is Dead in New York"
"Jun 1, 1923 - Boxing Is Dead Sport, Says Chicago's Mayor Chicago, May 31. -- Boxing "is a dead sport," Mayor William 13. Dever declared tonight when informed that James Mul- len, promoter of. lust Tuesday's engage- ment between Benny Leonard and Pinkie Mitchell, which ended in a fist fight be- tween ... "
Jun 2, 1942 - Promoters gen erally hold the view that due to In creased taxes they cannot afford "cuts" to that therefore boxing is dead.
Nov 29, 1943 - Others say, yeah, boxing is dead game; it smells like dead game that been lying under the sun for . The optimists and well-wishers that boxing has lost its champs and stars, but that there are still good fights to be seen.
1957- wrestling promoter: I know what this is all about," he declared. The commission is running In the red because boxing is dead and it wants to tap some of the gates we're getting.
Jun 15, 1957 - WHO SAYS BOXING* i IS DEAD. Yesterday morning s sports pages in TV TaimuNz were about the liveliest we have been
un 22, 1960 - Don't tell me boxing is dead. HARRY KECK All it needs is for the people be as honest with themselves in their appraisal of it as they insist that boxing be. For every Jake lamotta in boxing there are thousands of well-meaning boxers, managers and promoters who are on the level and
1962 - Boxing is dead in Baltimore It is almost dead everywhere
Dec 18, 1962 - Boxing is dead or dying in many parts of the world, but in Italy it is a fact.
Jun 9, 1963 - THE many sports fans who believe that boxing is dead or dying can get the argu ment of their lives by looking up HerbertBuddy
Jan 7, 1965 - Unless something is done very soon, boxing is dead. "Right now there s too much politics in the various commissions. They mean well, but they don't know what they re doing
Feb 3, 1965 - But after what this one did, don't listen to arguments that boxing is dead. The paying public wants live fights so badly that the Garden soid out days ahead of the fight.
May 28, 1966 - Some say boxing is dead If so its ghosts cer tainly are kingsized
Jun 17, 1969 - Don't you believe those stories that boxing is dead. The heavyweight fight between Jerry Quarry and Joe Frazier next Monday night has captured the fancy of the fight mob. It looks now as though it will do an 800000 gate at Madison Square Garden, the biggest indoor take in history.
(nice to see promoters haven't changed either)
Jun 17, 1969 - Dies that boxing is dead. The heavyweight fight between Jerry Quarry and Joe Frazier next Monday night has captured the fancy of the fight mob. It looks now as though it will do an 800000 gate at Madison Square Garden, the biggest indoor take in history.
un 20, 1969 - If boxing is dead, as a few allege and suspect, then Madison Square Garden on Monday night will be the scene of the liveliest wake since our "byes" in Canaryville said farewell to Nuts Nolan.
Feb 4, 1974 - The evidence says boxing is dead.
Aug 4, 1974 - Anyone who says boxing is dead is speaking and thinking in cliches. As the new president of the Garden, Mr.' Coheri should realize that he is now in show business, Boxing does not so much need a "bottom-line" executive as it needs an imaginative promoter and showman willing to take
Oct 31, 1974 - With Muhammad now unchallenged at the top, the dimwits again will chorus that boxing is dead. They've been saying this since before Sports Illustrated began investigating a fix in the Cain vs. Abel match. If boxing has been dead, you ve been sitting in on the longest wake in history
Nov 27, 1975 - "Each year the new people up here keep telling me boxing is dead but they don't seem to realize that boxing never before had three heavyweights like Ali, Prazier and Foreman at the same time. The new people keep talking about the good old days in boxing
Jun 15, 1976 - They say boxing is dead They say wrestling is dead I predict we will have a bigger crowd than at any of my fights They say it s dead Well rm the resurrector The Resurrector Well have a big crowd The Asian world The karate world The judo world The Bruce Lee world Pleeasse get your ...
1977 - . I have news for Lea Boxing is dead with him.
1977 - says Ali "although I might like to be a lecturer " If, as claims, "boxing is dead when I'm not involved," what will happen to the sport when he does finally retire'
Christ this can go on for ever. Basically it goes on with the press saying there will be no one after Dempsey, then no one after Rocky, then no one after Ali. The wonderful part is that all these guys, these "saviours of boxing" all believed there would be no one after themselves. Tyson also said this. Boxing seems to make a habbit of out living itself. It's a bit of a walker that one. It's probably just going to keep getting back on its feet, which isn't so bad, zombie boxing is the best kind of boxing.
Two fighting cocks scrappng for their handler's affection
Writer's note: maybe you won't get this one. This is sort of like my apology to the MMA community as a hardcore boxing fan who always secretly wanted to see its downfall, but has finally realized his sporting world would be a lot emptier without it around. I couldn't plan out what to say so I just ran with it. You might call it a mindless rant but I call it the literary equivilent of free running - it's Free Writing baby. Just go with it.
Let's do this. Because no one else is coming to do this for us.
We fight all the time, brothers fight all the time.
Always eager to take the apple of their parents eyes they fight among themselves, hurt each other and seek to conquer the other. That's what fighters do. They fight to win the admiration of others.
This is why we fight.
We fight because somewhere along the line someone told us to be rivals. Once upon a time one observing onlooker pointed us out and told us that this is the ugly one and this is the beautiful one. This is where it begins. It began when your father bought your brother the ice cream, but ignored you This is how the abusive parent trains their children to fight each other. This is how they do it. Why they do it is for a far more insidious. They do it because they want to see us fight. Even loving parents get their kicks watching their children fight for their affection.
Boxing, MMA, these two sports have had a lot of parents. The two immortal sports born in ancient times, from Egypt, to Greece, to Rome, to New York, have had many parents, many mortal parents who knew they wouldn't be around to watch them grow after they passed on, who simply stopped caring what might happen after their own lives ceased. These siblings had many parents who couldn't cater to their immortal needs, parents who rather than tame their endless souls, chose instead to pit them both against one another.
Mere mortals could not tame tame these two brothers, so they turned them on one another and made them tame one another. But fire cannot tame coal and coal cannot extinguish fire. These parents, these promoters, have handed each of us a lashing whip they could never use in the hope we will use it on each other.
They manipulate our perceptions by making us mistrust one another. So long as we mistrust one another we will never notice the true problem - bad, often lazy parenting. Inept parents love seeing their children fight. It distracts them from the true specter of darkness sitting at the Thanksgiving table - themselves. They grew old and got away with their neglect, while every year, at Christmas, at Thanksgiving, or Hanukkah, their quarreling children return just to see them, and by staring into one another's hate filled eyes they fail to see the true figure of their misfortune. This is what we do at every big event, every big fight night we fight each other.
This is why we fight. We fight to avoid seeing the world beyond the end of our fists. We fight each other, because our masters fear we will turn our fists on them. They fear this, because one day we will find the answer, because the answer lies in the heart of battle. At the end of all this fighting, two brothers will find peace. From the dust of their own scrapping they will gaze up and find their masters staring gleefully down from the shadows.
This day is not coming soon. This day has already started.
There is nowhere else to go. We have tried running through one another. It hasn't been working. Now both of our sports are tired, our fighters are weary, the fans are frustrated. We have learned little other than we cannot go through one another. It's time to move in a new direction - up.
They're looking down on us. No matter how much these archons say they care they are always looking down , and rarely do they lend an ear. The wall is high, but if we work together we can climb it. The Hidden Hand may even reach down to lend us a hand.
We're small, is what I'm saying, in the eyes of the world we may be midgets to the giants. Together however, we can stand higher, we can speak louder. It's time for combat sports to stop fighting one another and work together to bring down the corruption entangling all our sports
It might seem hopeless, but you know the old saying, at least two eyes are better than one. Goes for mouths as well. Defiance is one thing, a little bit of defiance here and there won't go amiss, but how about anarchy? How about total defiance? The cheeky word here or there will never work, but an agreed upon stance of total anarchy between both sports will go a long way. Defiance from the fans will create defiance in the workers, in the cooks and the cleaners, the cut makers and the cut takers. I'm calling for an internet strike. The lifeblood of our sport has moved to the internet, only here can it reach flesh. We're fucking keyboard warriors, and that ain't so bad. Ever wanted to be a ninja? Here's your fucking chance. Knock back some cans as you go, now you're a drunken master too.
Total anarchy, beginning on the internet will drive the thought home. Our demands? Who gives a fuck, it's just time to get mad. You gotta do a bit of stupid to get a bit smart. It's time to go full retard people. It's time to be tick. I'm tick, you're tick. We're all tick. Everyone's fucking tick. You ever wanted to live out the scene from Network? We're mad as hell and we're no going to take it anymore? Good stuff, well here's your chance. Why not start it on the internet. My only demand is that you actually get mad at the people who are really out to hurt you, not each other.
MMA is the resurrection of boxing. It is the creation of the revival, without MMA there would no second voice for boxing, and without boxing there would be no second voice in MMA. Alone we are weak, but boxing and MMA acting as two witnesses can bring the masters to their knees. This is what we are, two brothers, the two witnesses of sport. MMA is the resurrection of boxing, It was the fire under boxing's ass that ignited the phoenix. The old bird is rising again, but this time it's lit on fire. It's time to sting them so hard they won't know what hit them before the room can go dark.. Time me to bang bro.
This morning you worked hard, travelled far in your car for a job that doesn't take off. When you're done you go to a bar looking for a lay off. Drink alone in your bedroom thinking of better things. Sing songs in your head dreaming of finer bling. Live life through your window wishing for real wings. You switch your brain off in the televesion dreaming of fantasia, wishing you were in Narnia or planning eutansia. The litch is here he's coming to save ya.
You don't go to Narnia you gotta plan to make it. It won't come for you, you gotta go take it. Now you're a zombie man, the real deal, you're here in wonderland. The life out your window is over, you're through the looking glass now, part of the horde, singing praises to the lord, fighting the system that's been keeping you bored.
The elite are in your head, now they're knee deep in the dead. The walking dead? It's propaganda. A fake story to take away your glory. You are the revolution, they know it so they poison the solution. You're a zombie man. They tell you it's a virus, I tell you they lie to us. They've taken our brains to spite us. They live in luxury to blight us.
Fear the walking dead? No. We live in their head, they're scared we'll break through their windows and rattle their bed. Their golden tower is fallin now, their power going down. The mindless are waking, now their system is there for the taking. The dead are waking, marching through the streets and congregating.
They tell you to fear.
You are the fear.
Fear the hoard they're coming for ya. Hit the gas, in case of zombie break glass. Get out of town, we'll run you down. I got a magic hammer, I'm a lot like Thor.
Follow me. Chase the white rabbit and fear no more