Imagine 12 boxers all vying for control at the competitions because, from Day One, they could be either matchmakers or selecting themselves to fight. That would draw the "We like reality drama" crowd.Phat, these two are really good ideas. I don't really like the "women" boxing idea too much because there will probably be unnecessary drama and turn the show into a "typical" reality TV show.Also, instead of having the final two battle it out, why not an honest-to-goodness championship fight? The last man standing in the reality show would face a champion in his weight class, live. This would be so compelling that it would no doubt draw viewers; after all, who doesn't want to see an underdog rise to the top and possibly beat a champion? (See: Rocky II.)
I hope Burnett reads your post.
ETA: I should add that as much as I would like to see a real "honest-to-goodness" fight I don't know what incentives could be provided to motivate a current champion with nothing to gain.