That Hatton fight last night was great. No slow-moving heavyweights, just two short guys beatin' the crap out of each other in the UK. The other guy (I can't remember his name) elected not to come out to the bell of the 12th round. It was an unbelievable fight. There are crap fights, though.
And I'm probably a bit biased, since I box for exercise. Once you've trained in it, you start to see more of the nuances of what fighters are trying to do. And that above comment is correct--what sport today isn't really a bit on the "savage" side every now and then? Even in baseball, you have guys getting beaned, slides into bases where they try to take out each other, bench-clearing brawls, etc.
I don't seek out boxing to watch, but if it's on TV, I'll watch it, just to see the stuff that I've been learning applied in the ring. In last night's fight, there was no dipping and dodging punches and guys feeling each other out. They just really seemed to dislike each other. The one guy kept hitting Hatton right at his belt line, and got warned a few times, then after a clean break, Hatton jumped right at the guy and punched him right in the nads. Ouch. I was surprised he didn't get DQ'd for it.