I don't want to sound like a homer, but this is a chance to see a heavyweight title fight in Washington, D.C. The last time that happened was 52 years ago, which was so long ago, the Senators hadn't even thought of moving. We're not talking about some common occurrence--like Demi Moore posing nude. This thing comes around once every 52 years. This is An Event. So why isn't the buzz louder?
Sure, I can think of a more compelling opponent than Jesse (The Boogie Man) Ferguson. (Jesse (The Body) Ventura comes to mind.) But Bowe would be crazy to jeopardize his title in his first couple of defenses. Rock Newman said sagely: "I made legitimate offers to Lewis. He turned them down. My first duty is to maximize the revenue and minimize the risk. When all is said and done, I am first governed by that." When you win the title, you win the right to fight a lox or two. It's part of the package. Joe Louis did it. You don't remember Ali fighting Jean-Pierre Coopman, the Lion Of Flanders?