This past Saturday’s boxing on Showtime left a bad taste in the mouths of all that were witness to the atrocious reffing that took place in the Mares/Agbeko fight. I spoke with boxing legend, Wayne McCullough, and he gave his thoughts on the situation, and the state of boxing in general.
Russell Mora allowed low blows that numbered in the double digits, and even called a low blow a knockdown in the 10th round of the bout. McCullough didn’t advocate the referee’s termination, but he did voice a desire for Mora’s re-education in his chosen profession, and feels that he should be forced to watch the footage from the fight, and count back the low blows.
“Until then, he shouldn’t ever be allowed back in the ring” McCullough stated.
When asked about the state of boxing, Wayne said that boxing has been in a steady decline for many years.
“I think boxing’s been in a bad state for a long time. Once a year, maybe you get a good fight. There’s too many promoters protecting their fighters, and trying to keep their guys undefeated by not letting them fight the best guys out there” Wayne said.
The UFC has been the central focus in McCullough’s career of late, as he handles some of the PR and marketing for the UK, but Wayne would like to take it a step further. He expressed a desire to offer his services to train some of the fighters with their striking. He goes on to talk about one fighter, in particular:
“I would love to work with some of these guys. When I seen Brock Lesnar in his last fight, I said to my wife, I would love to teach him stand up, I really would, because his balance is all wrong.”
I asked Wayne what fights he was most looking foward to, and he was quick to say that the October title bout between St. Pierre and Diaz was his number one choice. When I asked if there was a particular match in boxing he is anticipating, he was a little slower to answer. After a moment of thought, he finally said that the matchup between Ward/Froch for the Super 6 tournament was about the only one that interested him.
You can listen to the audio from this interview at TapouT Radio