What is the agreed upon responsibility of a boxing champion as far as defending his title goes?
I ask this question because I just watched the end of the heavyweight fight of recent days, where Holyfield lost to Ruiz. Ruiz was asked if he would be “willing” to fight Holyfield again, and Ruiz replied: “Well, he made me wait, so I’m going to make him wait awhile.”
Well, when you are the heavyweight champion, how often MUST you fight in order to continue being the champ? What if you don’t want to fight for a year? Two? How much control do you have? And why did they ask him “if” he’d be “willing” to fight Holyfield again. Does he actually have a choice, if he wishes to remain champ?
ALSO…they referred at one point to Holyfield as “4 time champ” - did they mean that Holyfield became the champ and then successfully defended the title in 3 more fights, or that he had won the title from another champion 4 separate times? And are both scenarios considered “equal”- whether you lose and get it back, or simply keep it, all title fights in which you are the winner makes you a champ * again * ?
Thank you. I don’t even know why I am asking, I think that boxing is perfectly insane, and there is no more purely and strangely male activity on earth than to say “Hey! let’s hit each other and see who can stay upright!”
But I’m still curious.