Back in the day there were 8 world title belts. Today it can be up to 72. There are only a handful of dual champions or champions like Gennady “GGG” Golovkin who holds the WBC, WBA and IBF belts. Now that Terence Crawford is leaving the super lightweight division taking his 4 belts with him it opens the door for 4 champions in that division. If you add the IBO belts it could go over the 100 mark.
Instead of 8 weight divisions there are now 17. It opens more opportunities for boxers to win titles but can make it quite confusing to the average fight fan. Since there are no longer 10 contenders but usually 15 boxers ranked 15th are getting title fights.
The rounds in a world championship event are no longer 15 but reduced to 12. It is not being forced that a world champion must defend against their No. 1 contender at least once a year.
In the Olympics and other amateur boxing events a headgear must be worn. Standing counts in both the amateurs and professional ranks vary. It might depend on the state one fights in.
In countries like the USA there are such a large variety of sports to choose from the people are not getting into boxing like back in the day. Whereas kick boxing was competition now there is UFC and MMA to compete with. The boxers in countries like the USA are not as “hungry” as some of the third world countries and others.
The former Communist countries that are no longer that have hungry fighters coming to the USA from places like Russia and the Ukraine. Same pertaining to Islamic countries like KAZ, UBK and China.