Boxing is great fun to watch. When I went to the Olympic games in 2004, I dragged my family to 2 of the matches. I sat there loving it while my siblings complained it was boring. If ever there was a sport which I would follow, one would be boxing.
The other would be hockey. Partially because it's the one sport where disagreements are resolved swiftly with fisticuffs. In fact, fighting is as much a part of hockey as the actual game is. Observe one of my favorite players/brawlers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytC3JxQcDWA
- He's only 5' 9", but he never backed down from any confrontation.
Not to mention the dexterity involved in hockey in keeping ones balance on the ice while chasing a puck and trying to avoid being body slammed by members of the opposite team. I don't follow it actively, but if for some reason I'm watching TV and it comes on, I'll stay glued to the screen.
All that aside, I really cannot stand how sports (especially baseball) have been elevated to this near religious fervor in the USA. It gives dweebs and girly men a chance to live vicariously through the actions of their favorite athletes (who, despite istaros' claims, can be grossly overpaid), all the while spreading a meathead attitude that is deplorable. I don't know much about European sports culture, but I do remember another experience during my Olympics visit in which a football/soccer match between France and Argentina almost erupted into a riot.
Bottom line - sports should not be put on the pedestal they're on now. They're just an activity, not a faith.