|Cartoon illustrating the epiphany that led to the
draw decisions of both the Canelo Álvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin I
and the Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury fights.
Benjamin Du - Does the split decision draw for Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder prove that boxing is corrupt?
Muhammad Rasheed - Of course it does. The boxing industry has been corrupt since it’s beginnings, controlled by a tight cartel of insiders and legacy mob families. It’s little different than how the Hollywood film industry functions, with the larger money payouts drawing the most slimeball people like flies to honey.
David Glenn - As a boxing fan I understand the pain but why is this on The War Donkey?
Muhammad Rasheed - The critique of immoral manipulation of industry from the monopoly/cartel standpoint -- a classic demonstration of antitrust law violation -- is always appropriate on a progressive politics platform.
Sport business models are often exploitative by tradition, but boxing is especially so. All of that needs to be dragged out into the open and publicly cursed; there's little of what we fight for that isn't interconnected with other items in our agenda, David, even when not immediately obvious.