Tony Kornheiser of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption said it best today.
“Three industries that are completely on the downswing are boxing, newspapers and horse racing.”
They are clearly replaced with poker, blogging and ultimate fighting.
But this weekend at least horse racing and boxing, which were gigantic in the American cultural sports fabric forty years ago, made the headlines.
In the boxing world, Bernard Hopkins of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania became the oldest boxer Saturday night to win a World Championship title. At 46, he won a twelve-round decision over Montreal’s Jean Pascal to win the WBC Light Heavyweight Title at Montreal’s Bell Centre in front of 17,560 fans. Hopkins broke George Foreman’s record.