Loeffler Welcomes Competition From Dana White
During an appearance on ‘the Next Round’ podcast,Tom Loeffler spoke on Dana White’s interest in promoting boxing.
The promoter of Gennady Golovkin stated – “I think competition is good for boxing, I think someone as high profile a figure as Dana gets into the sport of boxing he’ll make headlines. I’m sure he’ll put on some good shows. I think the more people, or the more spotlight is shown on the sport of boxing the better it is overall for the sport.
“And if Dana brings some television dates to boxing that weren’t available before, I think that’s a big addition. The deal that Top Rank has now with ESPN is strong, Showtime is putting on some good fights, HBO has always put on great match-ups – if we can do this ‘Canelo-Triple G’ (Saul Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin) rematch on HBO Pay-Per-View, we can do the ‘SuperFly 2’ on HBO – I think as promoters, managers, trainers and really, the responsibility of the fighters, everyone needs to work together to continue the momentum really of the banner year that we had in 2017.”
Loffeler also spoke highly of his fellow promoters and the year that boxing had.
“I’ve been involved in boxing just over 25 years now and I can’t really remember a year where we had such a great year in boxing as we did last year.”
The question is will the presence of White (who’s made it clear his disdain of the likes of Oscar De La Hoya and Bob Arum) create even more division within the sport?”
“We need to really build on that momentum to keep boxing in the forefront because some people look at it short-sighted,” said Loeffler, who believes that those in the sport must be willing to see the big picture.”