My interest in boxing has been re-ignited in the last 3 or 4 years due in no small part to Carl Froch. His fight against George Groves was billed as a true British Superfight to rival those of the 1990s during the golden era of Benn, Eubank, Watson and Collins, and though I guess that might have been slightly ambitious, anyone who witnessed the fight on Saturday will testify to the fact it was one of the most exciting and thrilling British fights ever.
In the modern sporting era of goal-line technology, Instant Review Systems in Cricket and Tennis and video replays in a multitude of other sports, namely NFL, Rugby and Hockey, it is ridiculous that the judging system in professional Boxing not only remains in existence but continues to cause controversy and shatter well deserved Boxing dreams.
Imagine for a moment you are Floyd 'Money' Mayweather.... The glimpse into his life afforded first by HBO's 24/7 documentary series and now Showtime's All Access equivalent reveals a man whose life has been ruined by obscene wealth, excess, and the distorted worldview and self aggrandizement it has engendered.
In sport, talent is incredibly important, but it isn't the be-all and end-all. Through more than 20 years' involvement in elite athletics I've learned that talent never guarantees success. Dedication is important, but it's also crucial that every athlete has the best possible support network every step of the way...