LAS VEGAS – The mixed martial arts world, particularly those involved with the UFC, are declaring victory over boxing.
The UFC has had fighters on the cover of Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine in the last two weeks. Its ticket sales generally dwarf those of boxing matches and its television ratings attract the young male demographic that boxing lost long ago.
UFC president Dana White has long been critical of the way boxing runs itself and blames promoters such as Bob Arum, Don King and Oscar De La Hoya for the sport's problems.
Arum and his stepson, Top Rank president Todd duBoef, however, fired back at White in the start of what could become a full-blown feud.
White said Arum and King, both members of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, were "sucking the life out of the sport and not putting anything back in."
White added De La Hoya to the mix, criticizing him for his promotion of his May 5 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. That bout did a record 2.15 million pay-per-viewRead More »from MMA enjoying its success