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The Monday Hook: Is boxing swimming up 'stream'?

It may no longer be a laughingstock, but boxing is still working its way back into the mainstream. What can the "sweet science" do to regain its place as the apple of the sporting world's eye? Eric Raskin explores.

Updated: May 19, 2008, 10:21 AM ET
By Eric Raskin | ESPN.com

It was the spring of 1998, and 48-year-old Joe Bugner had just signed to fight 45-year-old James "Bonecrusher" Smith.

I'll never forget the manner in which Charley Steiner delivered the news on "SportsCenter." He was like a preteen with a case of the giggles, unable to make it through a single line on the teleprompter.

On the one hand, boxing is to blame for making itself a laughingstock among the mainstream media by giving washed-up punchlines like Bugner and Smith an opportunity ...

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