Lack of clout leaves boxing on the canvas

David Haye
David Haye
Brett Pitman, right, celebrates his equaliser from the penalty spot with Curtis Main Picture: Joe Pepler

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The trouble with boxing is that no-one with any real clout is working for the global good of the sport.

It is a viper’s nest of egos, greed, promotional self-interest and petty rivalries.

Many in the trade are cynical about the alphabet soup of so-called governing bodies like the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF.

The resulting vacuum is why we are not seeing Floyd Mayweather fight Manny Pacquiao in a blockbuster craved by the fans.

It is also why Britain’s WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye will not be fighting either of the Klitschko brothers any time soon.

It is really quite pathetic because these are big money-making fights that would put the sport on the back pages again.

Put the people behind these fighters into a room to thrash out a deal and they could not agree that today is Tuesday.

Here is a sport shooting itself in the foot.

Boxing’s waning popularity – particularly in America – means it cannot afford to further alienate its dwindling fan base.

Those fans demand to see these huge fights, so much so that the purse money for the boxers would go through the roof.

And yet nothing appears to be happening.

Shame on the people behind these fighters for failing to cut a deal.