Originally Posted by 1sballotHOF
My point was that, today's athletes/kids are not strong enough mentally to die in the ring like a Ali/Frazier would. All these athletes you name, can they take a punch? Can they even punch!? Can they overcome a KD, and come back to win? Can they KO'd, then be willing to fight again, against another killer that only has boxing???
This stuff about the 'younger generation being soft' is thousands of years old and it's no more sensible now than it was then.
If kids aren't taking up a sport it's usually because their heroes all come from other sports. Who are the biggest sporting icons in US society? What athletes have all the big endorsement deals?
Kids will take up any sport that looks like it will get them fame, girls, money, or all three, if they have the opportunity to do so. And the guys most of today's American kids see with all that good stuff for the most part are not boxers.