Originally Posted by -Kev-
Sugar Ray Leonard, an all time great, traveled outside of the US just once. That was to fight Roberto Duran in Canada. Not a fighter in his hometown.
Leonard arguably my favourite US fighter.
I think a lot of that was down to economics. The UK was messed up when he fought Dave Green & there were so many great US based fighters that he just didn't need to. Nowadays the world is a lot smaller & boxing is a minor sport in the US.
Back when Leonard was champ, he & other boxers were regularly on commercials. Not any more.
Making a global brand is very important & boxing is a bigger sport in the UK than in the US. And British fans tend to adopt great American fighters (or other countries). If Broner beats Burns (in the UK) & acts classy he'll have a load more fans buying his ppv than if Burns has to travel to the US for the bout.
Personally, I'd rather the fight was in Florida so I can watch it but Broner would earn so much more respect it he fought Burns in Scotland.