Originally Posted by Tom Cruise
Theres no investment back into local communities boxing programs, look at say football (soccer) in England, every club spends millions scouting and training talent, as does the FA. This doesnt happen in boxing so its left to dedicated trainers mostly from poor backgrounds to start up there own gyms at there own financial risk.
The growth of NFL/NBA is only a PART of the decline of boxing, you have to look at why those sports continued to grow while boxing has stagnated. For these sports its about investment in the future of the franchise, for boxing its about making quick bucks and getting out.
Definitely one of the biggest factors. It's pretty scandalous that American boxing teams go to the Olympics with worse preparation than smaller and economically poorer countries all around the world. This the country where boxers go to make money. USA Boxing has had its fair share of scandals too of course and that hasn't helped.