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Boxing tough business in ring or out

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Boxing is not an easy business, I can tell you that, and I’m referring now not to boxing as a sport but to boxing as a business strictly speaking, that is, the putting on of fights with the idea of making money. I have learned this little by little as I have endeavored to understand the fight game, and I’m prompted to comment on it just now as one of the two principal fight-promotion companies ...

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July 21, 2011
10:08 p.m.

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"If you get 1,500 fans out for a fight card in Albany, paying $40 to $75 each, you’re doing good.

At a card put on by Ares Promotions at the Crowne Plaza in Albany last Friday night, there were probably 800 in attendance, and always a good number at any fight are “comps,” people who get free tickets because they are themselves boxers, trainers, managers or just friends — or media hangers-on like me."

Surely Mr. Strock you can afford $40 for a ticket, even if as a part of the media you're given a freebie. You write an article about the financial struggles these people are facing and then take a freebie because you're "reporting"?? What a cheapskate!! Unbelieveable!

July 23, 2011
2:21 p.m.

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So why not complain about the "comps"? Seems like other boxers, trainers, managers, friends or media hanger-on like you would want to support the sport. Just because someone gives you a freebie doesn't mean you can't buy one. Heck, buy one and invite someone (who would not had gone) so at least the event sees that one additional ticket purchase!