I've heard that the Hajime no Ippo boxing games are quite good, although I haven't picked one up myself. The second one is supposed to have a good career management system (although almost anything would be better than the sham that fight night round 2 has), but it hasn't come to the US (that I'm aware of) and I don't really feel like importing it.
But yeah, most licensed games in general suck. The ones that turn out good are exceptions to the rule.
I told him once or twice; to stop playin' cards, and shootin' dice.... he's in the jailhouse now