There’s not always a lot of cool stuff going on in boxing – there was an Amir Khan fight last month and I guess and you can get boxing predictions in BetUS. This is the standard – there are some pretty big gaps between interesting fights. Fortunately for ye poor fans of the sweet science, there’s one place that boxing still outshines MMA, and that’s in Hollywood.
There’s The Fighter, a movie based on the life of Mickey Ward which is going to go head to head against vagina-munching ballerina tale Black Swan at this year’s Oscars. And then there’s Lights Out, a new show on FX that debuts next Tuesday. Wladimir Klitschko, Joe Frazier, and Lennox Lewis all showed up at the premiere screening, and the previews make it look pretty badass. It’s got everything – slick looking camera work, machete wielding Mexicans, and even a quarter second of MMA!
Speaking of MMA, it’s probably going to be a while before we overtake boxing as the combat sport of choice in tinsel town. We’ve got Never Back Down and those awful Hector Echavarria softcore films. The highest profile movie that was sorta about MMA was Redbelt, and it ended up a joke as well. Black marble my ass, David Mamet. Long story short, boxing has a big advantage over us because of it’s history and nostalgia factor – it’s the gramophone of combat sports. Doesn’t work very well and no one actually wants one. But it sure looks good in movies and TV shows.