Originally Posted by sylvestersweet
First and foremost, a sport is only maintained by public interest. If stadiums were completely empty for baseball games, the game would most likely not be played. Here in America, heavyweight boxing has long been deceased because the Klitschko brothers and others at the top have a style that, although it wins fights, does not please the fans. Who would pay to see Klitschko vs. Chagaev here in America after the Klitschko-Ibragimov debacle? And though Klitschko has fans in Eastern Europe, it's more nationality and personality than anything.
I give him full props as a competitor but not I cannot respect him for making the most important division in boxing drearisome.
Wladimir would be as popular in the US as he is in Germany, if
1) he was on regular cable TV so most people would see him
2) if the American sports media would be fair to him and stop being so negative.