The old adage goes; “You get what you pay for.” Generally speaking, that’s false when it comes to boxing. Fans of the sweet science have been taken to the cleaners on a regular basis for decades, and that won’t change. Which is why I have no issue with the rampant illegal streaming that goes on in the sport of boxing. As far as I’m concerned, illegal streaming is our 40 acres and a mule.
Illegal streaming will be in full effect once again on September 15 when Sergio Martinez faces off against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Many are pleased with this main event, but the card as a whole is hot garbage. Seriously, it stinks. Before the young Chavez meets his demise to a much more superior fighter 15 pounds lighter, the fans will be treated to: Rocky Martinez vs Miguel Beltran, Matthew Macklin vs Joachim Alcine, Mike ‘I Still Have No Idea How I Got a Subway Deal’ Lee vs Paul Harness.
Rocky Martinez is coming off of three straight losses and he’s fighting a guy who barely has a .500 record. Macklin vs Alcine has no one excited, and Mike Lee is facing another glorified taxi driver in Harness.
Since Top Rank once again failed to give us a card worthy of PPV dollars, many will flock to the trusty laptop to catch the main event. After, of course, watching a much better non-PPV undercard on Showtime. Granted, many are displeased with Golden Boy’s selection of Josesito Lopez as Canelo Alvarez’s opponent. As well as Golden Boy’s willingness to counter-program Top Rank’s PPV card. As they should be.
But here’s the optimistic paragraph in this pessimistic article. Golden Boy’s undercard of Jhonny Gonzalez vs Daniel Ponce De Leon and Marcos Maidana vs Jesus Soto Karass is solid. If you morph Golden Boy’s superior undercard with Top Rank’s superior main event, you have one hell of a card.
And here’s the best part, if you have Showtime and a laptop, you won’t have to come out of pocket with $54.99 on September 15. By the way, if anyone from the government is reading this article, I’ve never watched a fight on an illegal stream and never will.