Posted by Svartorm
India was a part of the British empire for years and adopted boxing from them, and were a world power in wrestling in the early 1900's. The thing is, the poverty level of India is staggering, and finding world class fighters will be next to impossible there.
Actually, the best fighters usually come out of poor neighborhoods.
The guys who take up fighting full time often have no other opportunities (not that that's true of everyone *Cought* BJ Penn *Cough*).
In the USA, the best boxers have always been minorities or recent immigrants that have less opportunity than your average American (sometimes because of racism, sometimes because of language barriers).
In the early 1900's, the Irish dominated US boxing. Then African American fighters started to take over. Now Mexican Americans and Cuban Americans are dominating.
I think they will find plenty of young men in India that are eager for a chance to improve their lives.