When Boxing Doesn’t Matter

By Marc Livitz on September 27, 2017
When Boxing Doesn’t Matter
Boxing can wait. At this time, boxing makes no sense at all, at least not in Puerto Rico.

Juan Manuel Lopez is long past it and he’s had his bell rung more times than St. Lawrence Church…

Although sporting events can be viewed by many as an effective diversion from everyday life or as a pleasant break from hectic times, there are still going to be instances when such an occasion needs to be skipped. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the fabled city of New Orleans and the hometown NFL squad, the Saints had to play the entirety of their home games away from their local turf, The Superdome. The team ultimately finished with three wins against thirteen losses and once the novelty wore off of a displaced side which performed poorly on the field, attendance figures dropped significantly.

In all likelihood, simply too much money was at hand to consider a complete cancellation of their campaign. In the past month, Hurricane Irma meant that several collegiate as well as an NFL game were postponed. This was the right thing to do, not for the obvious direct reasons of playing football during strong winds and rain but for the simple fact that a playground game wasn’t more important than putting human lives in harm’s way.

Unless matters have changed, former super bantamweight and featherweight world champion Juan “JuanMa” Lopez is set to take on Jayson Velez in a twelve-round contest this Saturday. That’s fine, however what isn’t is the fact that the all-Puerto Rican main event is scheduled to take place in their home nation, the recently ravaged island they call home. The Coliseo Rafael Amalbert is slated as the host venue.

Of course, Puerto Rico is in an utter state of unspeakable devastation. In many areas, there’s neither food nor water. Sanitation risks pose a major threat alongside the news that the island’s power grid has been completely destroyed. Furthermore, the company which operates it is also more than $8 billion in debt.

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico with the strength of a category 4 storm and unfortunately, it may be months, if not years until the popular tourist spot returns to a degree of normalcy as well as safety. The good news surfaced on Wednesday, however, that basic power is returning to hospitals in San Juan and Bayamon. 

All things considered and without even saying much, Lopez (35-5, 32 KO’s) is long past it and he’s had his bell rung more times than St. Lawrence Church. Jayson Velez (25-4-1, 17 KO’s) is an exciting fighter but boxing can wait. At this time, boxing makes no sense at all, at least not in Puerto Rico.

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