White: I don't want to see boxing die

 

When Dana White and the Fertitta brothers bought the UFC in 2001, mixed martial arts was a mess. Now it is the world's fastest growing sport, and the UFC is the world's most valuable sports franchise.

Now it is boxing that suffers, at all but the very highest levels. And Dana White, a former amateur boxer and pro manager, wants to do something about it.

In partnership with TUF and Survivor producer Craig Piligian, White created "The Fighters," an eight-part boxing series that premieres Thursday (9 p.m. ET) on Discovery Channel. The show has a tournament format with fights every week, but differs from TUF in that there is a greater emphasis on character. And the South Boston boxing world is well and truly full of characters, including storied trainer Peter Welch.

“I’m in,” White told FOX Sports “I don’t do anything half-assed. I want to win. I want this thing to be great.”

“If it wasn’t for Peter and the sport of boxing, I wouldn’t be where I am today."

“There is nothing but f---ing characters in boxing… Boston is an exciting place for this. The accent alone speaks boxing. It’s a very unique, interesting world and this is a look into it.”

“I don't want to see the sport of boxing die. This is my contribution to the sport I love.”

White won't even rule out an entry into promoting boxing.

“I’ve always got the boxing itch,” said White. “I’m a boxing guy at heart. I’m always going to be that guy. How deep would I get? Let’s see how far this thing goes.”

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GSP24 site profile image  

1/23/14 9:31 AM by GSP24

Answer me faghats.

Ramy Daoud site profile image  

1/22/14 5:51 PM by Ramy Daoud

The Pascal/Bute fight was on HBO so free if you pay the $10/month (or whatever) for HBO

YouCantHandleMyRiddum site profile image  

1/21/14 12:29 PM by YouCantHandleMyRiddum

Lol @ Boxing dying. Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute just made 2 millions each for their fight. Was it even on PPV in the U.S?

Teenage mutant lesnar turtle site profile image  

1/21/14 9:26 AM by Teenage mutant lesnar turtle

Boxing is still miles ahead of the UFC on a global level.

canadiankid site profile image  

1/21/14 9:21 AM by canadiankid

there is no name boxers out there that make more money then the most well known mma fighters so yes i totally agree dana should start focusing on boxing to help them out a little bit.

RondaHonda'dmymangina3744 site profile image  

1/21/14 8:43 AM by RondaHonda'dmymangina3744

Not a shock really.  The greed in the UFC is far worse than anything out there.  These fighters need to get second jobs to be able to survive which is bullshit.  Sean SHerk said he didnt make enough money fighting and even at that time the UFC had big bucks.  Fuck GSP and Silva didnt make what they shouldve for the stars that they were for the UFC.  

MSARiveraVALTUDO site profile image  

1/21/14 8:39 AM by MSARiveraVALTUDO

Boxing is more present in mma fights than ever. Neither the sport nor the science is dying.

shaqitup site profile image  

1/20/14 10:12 PM by shaqitup

Maybe in 2009

Res ipsa loquitar site profile image  

1/20/14 9:54 PM by Res ipsa loquitar

How is UFC as an organization comparing itself to teams within another organization? THis makes no sense to me. Wouldnt the more apt comparison be with other orgs?  We are bigger than the Yankees!  OK little man.- MLB  

Phisher site profile image  

1/20/14 8:57 PM by Phisher

"no it wont but it has lost a TON of market share to MMA. "   Get real. It ain't 2009 anymore.   The MMA fad is over. Boxing just did the highest grossing PPV in history, and it consistently does better ratings on premium cable than MMA does on basic cable. Reaslistically speaking, both are niche sports in the US, that generate big money a few times a year. Outside of North America, it's not even a question which sport is bigger. MMA isn't legal in major countries like France and Germany. All of this talk about boxing from Dana is laughable. He needs to pay attention to his own product, and it's diminishing returns.