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 Posted: Mon Feb 18th, 2019 06:36 pm
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The first half of the 1980s was a fun time to be a boxing fan because at least one, two or all three of CBS, NBC, and ABC usually had fights on their package shows over the course of a weekend; CBS Sports Saturday/CBS Sports Sunday, NBC Sportsworld, and ABC Wide World of Sports. The heavyweight division was considered down in the post Ali/pre Tyson era, but you could see plenty of action filled bouts with the lighter weight boxers beneath middle weight, especially after Sugar Ray Leonard retired and opened up the welterweight division. Ray Mancini, Alexis Arguello, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Bazooka Limon, and Bobby Chacon were among the fighters. By the late 1980s that late 1970s to mid 1980s golden age was subsiding. The fighters who'd made that era so fun were either done or had graduated to fighting on HBO or CCTV as well as PPV. There were fewer fighters and fights that the networks could afford to show. The last real attempt at doing something like this was in the mid 1990s when CBS put some fights on due to losing the rights to the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NCAA Football, leaving it with a ton of airtime to fill. Even then, the number of quality fights and fighters was low while the general interest in boxing had dramatically declined.