Boxing as a sport is never a pretty thing, two grown men slugging it out until one is declared the winner was never meant for the fainthearted.
The skill and finesse often outweighs the pain, with men like Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and George Foreman gracing boxing rings all over the world and making names for themselves as idols, hero’s even inspirations.
This week however boxing has seen its public image hit the basement floor after three separate incidents have found their way onto the front and back pages of newspapers, each story showcasing a sorry state of affairs.
Floyd Mayweather, David Haye, Derek Chisora and Lamont Peterson are all big names in the sport, big names with a rap sheet as long as the inhabitants of Strangeways.
On Saturday night Mayweather was triumphant in his latest defence of the WBA middleweight championship against Miguel Cotto in what was generally regarded as a triumphant unanimous victory.
What was not triumphant was the background to the fight, which in many people’s eyes should not have happened.
You see the 35year old should not have fought, not because of injury but because of the fact that he is due to spent 90 days in an American jail after pleading guilty to battery and assault over a former lover.
Yes ladies and gentlemen the middleweight champion of the world has a penchant for hitting women.
What was more disgusting than the actual offence was the fact that on Saturday night the 35 year old, known in this country for beating an undefeated Ricky Hatton made just over $32million and is set to make more upon his release from jail when he gets in the ring with Manny Pacquaio.
A multimillion pound criminal, boxing’s public image can be heard nationwide in America scraping the floor.
Fellow American Lamont Peterson was also due to fight a big money fight in Las Vegas in June against Britain’s Amir Khan, until the Washington boxer was found guilty of steroid abuse on both the 13th and 30th of April.
Shameful, appalling and in any other sport worthy of a lifetime ban, but not the case in boxing it seems.
Rather than cancel the fight altogether organisers are still trying to get the go ahead for the box office smash against Khan with the decision now hinging on the Nevada State Commission’s ruling on whether Peterson’s license should be taken away.
Although it appears in some cases even when licenses are taking away boxing can still go ahead.
Take for example those two loveable rouges David Haye and Derek Chisora, two men who have previous with pudding regret after their brawl in a Munich hotel lobby.
In the aftermath of the brawl both David and Del Boy were suspended and their British boxing licenses taking away after both being interviewed by German police.
Step forward the Luxembourg Boxing Association who have kindly granted the two boxers fresh licenses, a decision which means the public will get what they want, or the promoters think they want, a grudge match staged at Upton Park in the summer.
You have heard of the Rumble in the Jungle and the Thriller in Manila, I officially name the Haye v Chisora bout the Luxembourg laughing stock.
It seems in 2012 criminals can become sportsmen and still make millions in the process, while the public perception of Boxing in both the UK and America has become a running joke.