Imagine a boxer, gloves up, celebrating his latest victory before a roaring crowd -- all of them oblivious to the fact that the fight was fixed.
It happens all the time, says Charles Farrell
, who estimates that in his decade as a boxing manager, he fixed up to a quarter of his fights. It's been 15 years since Farrell worked for world champions like Leon Spinks and Freddie Norwood, but only recently did the insider decide to share long-held secrets in a lightning-rod piece for Deadspin: Why I fixed fights
"As long as you've got the loser fixed, the winner just has to go about his work," he says,
'Boxing's never going to change'
joins Jian to make the case for rigging results and argues that shady
dealings can be for a boxer's own good, if only to minimize damage.
of the trajectory of their careers, they're going to wind up
neurologically impaired," he says, adding that he can't defend boxing
itself on a moral level.
"There's a point at which you have to
decide if you're in or you're out. And I decided that I was in, but that
doesn't mean that I can make an argument for it." Do Farrell's troubling revelations about boxing surprise you? Share your reactions below.