Is Holm victory over Rousey a win for boxing?
By Gav Duthie: The Ronda Rousey bubble has been well and truly burst by ex-boxing world champion Holly Holm. Holm was 33-2-3 (9) as a boxer made the switch to MMA is 2013 and made history becoming the first crossover boxing/UFC champion. Holm aka ‘The Preachers Daughter’ knocked out Ronda Rousey in just 2 rounds last night to see the superstar drop to 12-1 with the victor improving to 10-0. The Ring magazine controversially and now rather embarrassingly had Rousey on their front cover last month with last night proving she has little boxing ability whatsoever.
I must admit I am not one of those who follows both sports, I’m a boxing man through and through. Was last night a win for boxing? It is very rare we get to see top fighters from both sports fight in their primes. Can female boxing learn from UFC?
Ronda has certainly been living up to her nickname or ‘Rowdy’ in the boxing world even ridiculously calling out Floyd Mayweather Jr. Getting on the cover of Ring was a disgrace considering there are multi world champion Hall of Fame fighters who have not got their picture on there. In fairness she has done well to self promote but in some ways she has tried to transcend boxing and she has been put firmly in her place.
It isn’t lost on me that Rousey was knocked out by a kick to the face and not a punch. Holm as added a lot of skills since her crossover but the finish was set up by punches and she clearly battered Rousey with her superior boxing skills. I feel a little bit ashamed that female boxing has such a poor following compared to UFC and I think it should be marketed better. Good fighters like Layla Ali and Lucia Rijker needed to make their money from product endorsements and movies. Rousey has acted also but the UFC canvas is far better in boxing for female athletes. It does give me a bit of satisfaction that the technical expertise of boxing played a big part in this victory but I hope future female fighters have better opportunities.
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