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Ahmet Oner Explains His View on The Decline of Universum

By Ruslan Chikov

Promoter Ahmet Oner of Arena Box recently explained his view on why German promotional company Universum suffered such a serious decline in the last couple of years. In the opinion of Oner, there were miscalculations in their strategy for televised events and they led to ZDF walking away at the end of the deal. Universum has since restructured their stable of fighters and the company has new ownership.

"The most interesting thing with Universum is that before signing a contract with ZDF - they did everything right. And after they signed [the contract] they began to do everything wrong. They matched weak boxers in frivolous title fights against even weaker opponents. They brought in the East Europeans, whom no one wanted to see in Germany. In the wake of Halmich's fame, they relied on women's boxing, which ended in perfect failure. [The women fighters] did not sell, they had to give away tickets to make a good impression for [the TV audience] so the fighters weren't boxing in empty halls. All of this led to what is happening today, where it's impossible to arrange a show [in Germany] and make a profit. The viewer doesn't want to pay for tickets and the television networks are fed up with boxing after years of being deliberately misled," Oner told Figo Sport.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Leohappy on 01-02-2012

who even takes this con artist and his fraudulent schemes seriously? solis had a ****ty knee ,but they went on with vit-solis and scammed the klits and whole boxing world..... he's the last guy to have ANY credibility.

Comment by OnePunch on 01-02-2012

Well I have to disagree that "you cant make money in Germany". The Klitschko's seem to be able to put 50,000 in an arena, and I doubt they are papering the house............

Comment by PlayerKiller on 01-02-2012

Oner does fix fights, even ringing a bell early himself... But sometimes he talks sense. Boxing does not need crappy fights and champs. We need to invest in true champs. With the iternet now, fans demand big fights and can…

Comment by PACnPBFsuck on 01-02-2012

Sounds like damage control from Oner.

Comment by sako5 on 01-02-2012

[QUOTE=hougigo;11623509]Sounded interesting.... until I realized this is the same guy who everyone is accusing of fixing fights..... this is the same guy that's with Gamboa right?[/QUOTE] YEs it's the same joke of a person. It's the same as*hole mate.

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