Originally Posted by Mendoza
Television announcers can influence their audience by cheerleading too. It is best to judge a fighter by seeing him both live and on television. Boxing is both theater and sport. A ring side ticket allows the boxing fan intimate access to the action more so than any other sport I can think of. The sound and fury of a boxing match looses something in the translation on television, much like watching a play, opera, or concert on television looses something. Think about it. Itís true. The replay jumbo screens at stadiums have the ability to show replays the same as television. If you want to see how fast Roy Jones really is, or how hard Vladimir Klitschko hits, you must see it live to fully appreciate it.
That's why, when I tape a match, I'll sometimes watch it live with the sound off, but closed captioning on. If it's good enough, or controversial enough to merit a review, I'll rewatch it with the sound on, and captioning off. Still, it is true that there's no substitute for viewing it live. (Let alone competing in the ring yourself!)