Boxing’s biggest stars and their friends are all saying it’s over, but the sport remains a niche sport.
And the sport’s biggest names are not willing to accept the news.
“The sport’s dying, and I’m not going to sit here and let it die,” said former heavyweight champion Joe Louis in the March 4 edition of the WWE’s “The MMA Hour.”
Louis said that his retirement will take place at the end of March, but he didn’t give a date.
The former champion, who has been in a wheelchair since his neck injury, was a two-time world heavyweight champion, a two time Olympic gold medalist, and one of the greatest boxers of all time.
Louis was a heavyweight champion in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, but his career was interrupted by multiple back surgeries and his health took a turn for the worse.
He retired in 2006 after losing two of his three fights.
Louis also retired in 2008, and is currently one of several active boxers who say they are willing to let boxing’s stars retire.
Boxing’s biggest star, Mayweather Promotions CEO Bob Arum, said in an interview with the New York Times last month that the sport is dying.
“The sport will die in boxing.
If I had to bet on it, it will die.
You’re talking about somebody that has won three world championships, two Olympics, two boxing titles, a World Boxing Council belt and a World Series of Fighting title.
The sport is in a terminal decline.
It will never recover.
So the sport will just go away.
If the sport goes away, then boxing will go away,” Arum said.
Wrestlers like Andre Ward, who won four world titles in the UFC and UFC heavyweight title belts in the past, said last month on The MMA Hour that he will never let boxing go.
Arum has been outspoken about his belief that boxing will be retired by 2020, which would mark the sport as a niche sports.
You know, you’re going to want to get out of there. “
You know, it’s like a car accident.
You know, you’re going to want to get out of there.
So that’s not the way to get it done.”
The UFC has said that it is considering the idea of a boxing-only card.
UFC President Dana White said in a February interview that it’s time for the sport to go.
“I think boxing has to be done in a different way than it is right now.
I think boxing is dying and I think it needs to be.”
Welterweight champion Jose Aldo, who lost a majority decision to Conor McGregor in the first round of UFC 189, said that he would not let the sport die.
“Boxing has gone from being a niche thing to a niche product.
So I don’t think that it would ever be the same,” he told the New York Times.
In addition to the UFC, the WBC and IBF heavyweight championship belts are also set to expire in 2020.
The WBC’s belt will go to Filipino superstar WBO/IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko, while the IBF’s belt is set to be retired in 2019.
UFC heavyweight champion Conor McGregor has already announced that he plans to retire after the 2020 tournament.
Aldo is also not ruling out retirement.
He told ESPN’s “Highlight” show last month, “I’m not looking to fight for anything, but if it doesn’t happen by 2020 I’m definitely not going back to the sport.
I’m going to stay retired.
I’ve never been to the ring and I’ve been fighting all my life.
If it comes to that, I’m out.”