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Does the "traditional" route damage our fighters?

1978 Views 21 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  Avidlemon
does taking the route of english/commonweatlh/british/euro level take too long and deny some fighters some valuable experience of taking part in contests against different styles of fighters? Because let's face it, as good as the british scene is, there aren't too many different styles to come up against. Groves going to fight in america a couple of times is a good example of someone getting a different angle and experience of different styles. Or does going the traditional route give fighters time to find out who they are as a fighter and what their strengths are before making a step up?

I've never been able to decide. But you hear a lot of pro's saying they prefer the traditional route if they can take it.

Does taking the traditional route really prepare our fighters for the best is what i suppose i'm really asking?
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Froch went the traditional route and got there, and Chisora went the traditional route and got there in 13 fights or so. So I see what you're saying, absolutely, but I think that it can be done from the traditional platform and that carries more chance of bringing with it a solid domestic fanbase. People like David Price have gone the traditional route and he is now pretty young for his division and being talked about internationally. I think that the guys who eschew the traditional to follow Bryn's funny-but-unfortunately-accurate post risk going forward without an established domestic fanbase and without a full skill set. Both approaches can get you there, but the traditional still, in my view, gets you there with more chance of success. Apprenticeships can be boring - particularly these days, when many want everything yesterday - but they exist for a reason.
And Cleverly fought in the US on the Calzaghe-Hopkins undercard. I'd favour the traditional route but with a couple of non-title bouts in the US early on.
Just a point, mentioning Froch and then saying it's a better way to build a fanbase, Froch barely had one outside of his hometown until he demolished Bute.
:lol: I know what you're saying (although I think fame kicked in before the Bute fight) but the traditional route is still, imho, a more reliable way to build a domestic fanbase than random alphabet titles on odd channels.
True, although I'm not sure it really matters, just a case of getting a network as a vehicle btw.
Yes, although I wonder if that is still the case with BoxNation - I'm not sure they're doing the numbers to be enough for their fighters on their own.
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