Having Class - Does it matter anymore?

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I'm interested in people's thoughts on whether having Class matters anymore?

I have always been a fan of sportsmen who display a lot of integrity, professionalism and humility which I collectively think of as "Class". This is why Michael Johnson, Thierry Henry, Lewis Hamilton and Roger Federer have always been at the top of my list of all time favourites to follow.

Having posted on here for the last week I have been surprised how few supporters Joshua has considering he is also a classy sportsmen who displays the qualities above. It appears that many on here prefer the vulgar and disrepectful fighters (Wilder and Fury especially) who while clearly have skills (I'll leave the who is better arguments out of this) but I could never follow because how they deport themselves.

I have always felt that who you follow says something about yourself and therefore I have only followed those I respect as people as well as athletes.

Is this something that any of you notice? or care about? Is it purely about their ability in the ring (however you judge that)? or do you proactively enjoy the unprofessional side of things?
 
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I'm interested in people's thoughts on whether having Class matters anymore?

I have always been a fan of sportsmen who display a lot of integrity, professionalism and humility which I collectively think of as "Class". This is why Michael Johnson, Thierry Henry, Lewis Hamilton and Roger Federer have always been at the top of my list of all time favourites to follow.

Having posted on here for the last week I have been surprised how few supporters Joshua has considering he is also a classy sportsmen who displays the qualities above. It appears that many on here prefer the vulgar and disrepectful fighters (Wilder and Fury especially) who while clearly have skills (I'll leave the who is better arguments out of this) but I could never follow because how they deport themselves.

I have always felt that who you follow says something about yourself and therefore I have only followed those I respect as people as well as athletes.

Is this something that any of you notice? or care about? Is it purely about their ability in the ring (however you judge that)? or do you proactively enjoy the unprofessional side of things?
What about abusing mesages to other fighters online regarding race and calling someone a fat fuck whilst they are battling depression . Is this the class your talking about?
 
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What about abusing mesages to other fighters online regarding race and calling someone a fat fuck whilst they are battling depression . Is this the class your talking about?
Think he has hit a few downed oppents too if I recall
 
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I’d suggest to the OP that he lacks the necessary skills needed to appreciate when someone is being genuine?

That’s what is important to me, how genuine someone is being.

The stay humble shit is exactly that, shit. Its not who Joshua is, it’s manufactured (read: fake).
 
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I'm interested in people's thoughts on whether having Class matters anymore?

I have always been a fan of sportsmen who display a lot of integrity, professionalism and humility.

I have always felt that who you follow says something about yourself and therefore I have only followed those I respect as people as well as athletes.
Henry cheated on his wife and Joshua hid having a kid.

Also didnt Joshua message one of his early British opponents talking down to him?
 
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I think the Joshua fall out shows that integrity amongst boxing fans - particularly casuals is massively lacking... I think society on the whole lacks empathy.
 
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I do think Joshua gets a bad rap. Although I can understand why; sketchy things he has done in the past, his mainstream success, the vanilla persona he puts on in public etc. With that said, I still think he's a decent guy overall. And I don't think anyone can criticise how he responded to his loss against Ruiz; that was the epitome of classy. I certainly thought that would see more people warm to him.
 
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AJ has loads of endorsements...keeping it classy keeps the sponsors on board and attracts new ones.

On the flip side....Mayweather did not have a single corporation willing to atrach their name to him.

Adrian Broner got beat by Shawn Porter....Broner is still the bigger name of the two and attracts more coverage. And gets bigger tv audiences for his fights.

Playing the villain instead of classy is also very lucrative.

If you cant develop a hatebase or a fanbase then you end up like Andre Ward...nobody really cares about him.

He was not even the most famous fighter in his gym...Despite being one of the greats.
 
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Mind you...it is a better to keep it classier on the forums. The vulgar stuff should be left to the trolls on ESB or whatever that place is called nowadays.

No need for the type of posts directed at the original creator of this thread. What seperates CHB from other forums we try to be respectful to each other even when we strongly disagree with each other.

So in that sense classy is good.
 
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I'm interested in people's thoughts on whether having Class matters anymore?

I have always been a fan of sportsmen who display a lot of integrity, professionalism and humility which I collectively think of as "Class". This is why Michael Johnson, Thierry Henry, Lewis Hamilton and Roger Federer have always been at the top of my list of all time favourites to follow.

Having posted on here for the last week I have been surprised how few supporters Joshua has considering he is also a classy sportsmen who displays the qualities above. It appears that many on here prefer the vulgar and disrepectful fighters (Wilder and Fury especially) who while clearly have skills (I'll leave the who is better arguments out of this) but I could never follow because how they deport themselves.

I have always felt that who you follow says something about yourself and therefore I have only followed those I respect as people as well as athletes.

Is this something that any of you notice? or care about? Is it purely about their ability in the ring (however you judge that)? or do you proactively enjoy the unprofessional side of things?
Ah yes Anthony "the supreme black race" Joshua
 
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Ar558a

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I don’t think thinj joshua does have humility and integrity
Well I think his behaviour not trash talking, and congratulating Ruiz at every opportunity are examples of these. He knows he is just a fighter even if he has to play the big star for commercial reasons and has accepted the loss graciously in public far better than many of his fans. Even if him some of his self control is commercially driven it still makes him way classier than Fury or Wilder who can barely utter a sentence without slagging someone off.
 
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Ar558a

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I’d suggest to the OP that he lacks the necessary skills needed to appreciate when someone is being genuine?

That’s what is important to me, how genuine someone is being.

The stay humble shit is exactly that, shit. Its not who Joshua is, it’s manufactured (read: fake).

The problem we get into here is everyone who doesn't like the person says they're fake, everyone who likes them says they're genuine. It's very hard to prove it either way. I have this all the time with Lewis Hamilton who also appears to be a very Marmite character.
 
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Well I think his behaviour not trash talking, and congratulating Ruiz at every opportunity are examples of these. He knows he is just a fighter even if he has to play the big star for commercial reasons and has accepted the loss graciously in public far better than many of his fans. Even if him some of his self control is commercially driven it still makes him way classier than Fury or Wilder who can barely utter a sentence without slagging someone off.
Well whatever his reasons its quite fascinating how he managed to keep his composure after the fight.

I could not do that...have even tried to hide my dis-appointment in various situations since I was a teenager but has never worked. Voice and facial expressions always gave it away.

If AJ was faking it...deserves an award just for that...he looked as happy as larry.
 
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