The rise of Al Haymon in the boxing world continues apace with the news that he has signed a multi-million dollar deal to take over from Kathy Duva's Main Events as the promoter on record for NBC Sports Network. It is suggested that a certain number of the shows that Haymon will provide to NBC could actually be shown on their main network channel. Haymon is gradually emerging from the shadows to take his place right at the pinnacle of the sport. This development could make or break the future of the sport in the short term and also have major implications long term.
It has been obvious for some time that a move of this sort was about to take place. Haymon has been signing contracts with new boxers on an almost weekly basis over the past year. He now has a stable which could almost enable him to start his own organisation, maybe something along the lines of the UFC which has been so successful and grown so rapidly in a short space of time. Perhaps that would not be such a bad idea. The old adage about the grass always being greener on the other side of the fence often holds true. In this case, our neighbour certainly does seem to be using superior fertiliser. A study of the UFC model will show that they feature eight weight classes, have ONE champion per weight, have ratings which are genuinely accurate and, apparently, scrupulously fair and that all deserving challengers do, in time, get their shot at the champion.