What makes a sport popular - then not?
A chat broke out on Twitter. One of those chats that tells you that Twitter can be a terrible place to chat. So let's have a go here.
Boxing used to be popular. Really popular. It caught the public imagination for centuries. In the 18C there was the Fancy - rich young things that adopted boxing and language of the working classes as trend.
Boxing flourished. It became international. It took off in America, transatlantically and globally.
When We Were Kings is not just a film about two men hitting each other, it's about nations and symbolism.
Boxing, boxers, they meant something - the stood for something.
Yes there's boxing. There's huge money in Boxing - those in the know are waiting for Mayweather v Pacquiao. If I could I'd be rings side. I've been ringside, there's something about it - but I'm part of a diminishing group.
What I watch a LOT more than boxing, a lot more than regular TV or pretty much anything else is eSports.
So,the question that we come to is - where did boxing go wrong, and in its rise how can eSports avoid the fall as sometimes you don't even get the mandatory 8 count.