After a quiet 2013 on the PPV front with despite the biggest one in the last ten years with Mayweather vs Alvarez back in September, 2014 is now gearing up to having an overflow of pay to watch boxing events with the first in about three weeks. Some of these fights no doubt deserve to be on a pay to play basis but some of them don’t beginning with the first set for March 8th.Former WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will come back from his first loss as professional and face former interim WBO champ Alfredo “Perro” Angulo in Las Vegas. Angulo is also coming back from a loss, his at the hands of Cuban Erislandy Lara. Many in the boxing universe feel that there is no reason why a bout between two fighters who are coming off clear losses should be in a PPV event. Alvarez, who was only in his first against Mayweather last year, has also announced that this is his first in three he plans on participating in this year. As far as Angulo, this PPV will be the first of his career. If anything in typical Golden Boy Promotions fashion, who is in charge of the event, the under card is a stacked one with Leo Santa Cruz defending his WBC 122lb belt vs former champ Cristian Mijares among other high profile bouts.
Professional boxing, or prizefighting, emerged in the early twentieth century as boxing gradually attained legitimacy and became a regulated, sanctioned sport. Professional boxing bouts are fought for a purse which is divided between the boxers as determined by contract. Most professional boxing bouts are supervised by a regulatory authority to guarantee the fighters’ safety. Most high-profile bouts obtain the endorsement of a sanctioning body, which awards championship belts, establishes rules, and assigns its own judges and referee. Professional boxing bouts are typically much longer than amateur bouts, and can last up to twelve rounds, though less significant fights can be as short as four rounds. Protective headgear is not permitted, and boxers are generally allowed to take substantial punishment before a fight is halted. Pro boxing has enjoyed a much higher profile than amateur boxing throughout the twentieth century and beyond.