The UFC has taken advantage of boxing's flaws by putting together the fights the fans want and they reap the benefits. Boxing needs to respond and come up with a solution to its major problem or it will become even more irrelevant.
Boxing used to be one of the most watched and influential sports. It has generational athletes such as Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and Mike Tyson. The issue is as time goes on, these bigger kind of names for the sport have disappeared.
The biggest reason why this happened over a span of thirty years is how boxing pads fighters records. Floyd Mayweather is a perfect 50-0 in his career, but many question his resume because of the way he picked opponents.
Mayweather would never fight Canelo or any talent his level when they were close to their peak, instead he would take the fight when it would be easiest. Boxing used to be the best fight the best to see who really is the baddest man. That is no longer.
Tyson Fury is the one anomaly as he fights whoever is the best and will make him the most money. This was the case when he beat Deontay Wilder twice and knocked off Wladimir Klitschko.
If boxing wants to become relevant again it needs to have big fights where the fans get what they want. No one wants to see a champion beat up on the fifth ranked guy in the division. If a rising star is promising then match him up with another young fighter.
The UFC has taken advantage of boxings flaws by putting together the fights the fans want and they reap the benefits. Boxing needs to respond and come up with a solution to its major problem or it will become even more irrelevant.
We all want boxing to be relevant, but the sport needs to help its self before people can help it.