By Craig Miller-
(CBS) For the first time ever, 670TheScore.com will bring you boxing with The Score’s Craig Miller.
“A hundred years ago boxing was one of the top three sports in the country. Now it’s charitably twelfth on the list of top 10 sports. Therein lies its biggest problem. People have so many things to consider in the world of sports that it takes a major fighter to capture their attention.” -Bert Sugar
However, boxing cannot put all the blame on the vast amount of choices people have when it comes to sports for its lack of a following. At its worst, boxing is corrupt, filled with lackluster fights, and very seldom lives up to its own hype. But boxing at its best is the ultimate test of a man’s character, showcasing courage, brutality, wit, and world class athleticism.
The sport of boxing has been overlooked here in the city of Chicago for far too long. Chicago has been home to some of the earliest and most influential fights in boxing history. The first professional prizefight in Chicago occurred in 1885 between Jack Burke and John L. Sullivan at the Driving Park Racetrack. Chicago also hosted the largest attended boxing event in history when 104,000 fans packed into Soldier Field to witness Gene Tunney defeat Jack Dempsey in the classic “long-count” fight.
What I hope to accomplish with this blog is to help build excitement for the sport of boxing again here in Chicago. I will bring the fans behind the scenes training, cover the young talent here in the city, and take an in-depth look at the world of boxing.
In addition to acting as a producer for The Mully and Hanley Show, heard Monday-Friday from 5am-9am on 670 The Score, Craig covers boxing for 670TheScore.com. You can read more of his work here.