Should Holding Be banned in the Professional Boxing Game?
By Adam Fillingham: Now there is nothing worse that watching a boxing fight with more holding, than punches being thrown. It makes for a boring night in and is especially bad if you have paid for the fight. So fighters if your reading. Hold off on all the hugging.
I suppose its not the fighters that are to blame if the referees are letting them get away with it. There are some fights where as soon as there is the slightest bit of holding the fighters are split up in an instant. Then you get another fight where the fight is allowed to continue until the fighters, fight out of the clinch.
The sport is going threw a rather large bad patch as it is and if new fans are going to be put off by watching a fight full of two fat slobs hugging, then it’s bad for business. The sport needs as many new fans as possible and the sheer amount of holding (especially by heavyweights) means that less hard core fans, or new fans wont tune in to watch fights.
What is needed is a happy medium. The referees need to either allow holding to go on and make boring fights, or there should be no amount of holding what so ever and the fighters should be split up immediately. Once the referees and governing bodies have come to a decision then the decision must stay consistent other wise it is unfair on fighters.
If one fight is allowing an inside master to work his magic by holding on and then fighting then that’s fine, but if another fight an inside master cannot do his trade because the outside master is allowed to use his reach it gives one man an advantage over the other. So at this moment in time fights can be going one way or another due to the referee.
Lets sort it out.
I’d like to hear your views on this.