Listen: Boxing, Francisco Estrada, Sharm Bay Mitchell discussed on The Bill Simmons Podcast
"You don't quite know who the champ is an that's happening a lot now because we do have the separate promoters and entities that are there. And there's a natural tendency for most places anyway to protect their guy. So you think it hurts boxing? Any question. I mean, it it takes. I mean takes a lot for Cannella to be recognized as the middleweight champ. That's why I'm careful not go unification. And I've been saying this all the way back to when I was talking to Sharm bay Mitchell, you know, or talking to Judah, you know, like this any menu acted like I've got some paper belt, then like, no, no, no. I said, but this guy is the champ was Floyd. If it was Miguel Koto was Shane Mosely. Like, I know you have a belt all due respect. It's not the world championship. And I don't disrespect guys. I talk about guys who have the belts and belts are at stake. When we call zone fights because there's lots of title fights. But it's different when you say like just like we had this week. We had the super flyweight championship. It was won Francisco Estrada beating you know, supposed to catch sore run beside. They're not names but saw rung beside the truck with Tito, you know, who was number one. Yeah. So it it's really cool when you can say, hey, I don't I know you probably don't know who this guy from Thailand is. But he's. The champion of the world that now one Francisco Estrada is the champion of the world that after a while, I think resonate and makes everything more marketable. Yes. E- your point. I guess the point I was trying to make was we're almost in a in a post built society for boxing where this has been roken for so long that I stopped being bothered by twenty years ago. You know, this guy to started to get really super wonky whenever when did the IBF really start to come into zoos sometime in the late eighties. Well, the sun the showed up third belt, and and everyone was just confused constantly and every fight was for about and they it had to shake out a little bit. And eventually we all kind of looked at each other. And no matter who had about there was always like one guy and. The onus was almost on us to figure it out. And I'm kinda just used to it. Now doesn't even bother anymore. I mean, you're a hardcore fan I'm thinking like the general fan true. But does ring we've lost it. It's a post apocalyptic society. It's done that's over one hundred around boxing zombies. Now, it'll never come back. The the only chance we have. So this Trump presidency, you know, out of out of all the wacky things. He does day to day we tweet. But if he actually got committed to the idea of sports are and appointed a sports are really impaired this person one of the first things that person would do is try to fix boxing. Right. Just like a recycling. This now, there's one belt. This is the only about that matters. And then that would actually work, but I feel I until that happens. We're this will just never be fixed die in this will be the same. You know, you're probably right. And maybe we are you're right. It's put us at this weekend. It's post built. Post a block post apocalyptic belt sport. Right. And then it becomes like how big of a celebrity are you? And how often do you fight? You know, just like if you're deal like Earl Spencer, do you like but Crawford, you know, hopefully that percolates enough and the guy staying awake class where you get a great fight? 'cause there's no question when you get a big fight. It helps the whole sport, you know, when we ever get, you know, Anthony Joshua against wilder or fury. Like how about any any version of those? It would be so big because you know, you just would know who the heavyweight champion is that still matters.."