Few sports are as dynamic as boxing. Ever since men started competing against one another (probably by beating each other up for food), boxing has been at the forefront of human competition. In fact, along with running, it is one of the oldest known sports in the world. Why? Well most likely because you don’t need anything except a couple people. No equipment, no ball, no nothing. It is about as raw as you can get when it comes to physical competition. But since those early days of hunting and gathering, fighting has changed quite a bit. These days boxing has become a multi million dollar business. Fights are broadcast around the world and people gather to watch their favorite champion. But these are but a few reasons why boxing is the original sport.
Today we are going to take a look back in history at some of the greatest fighters that helped to shape the sport into what it is today. We’ll look as their accomplishments and try to understand what drove them to conquer the ring. Did you know, for example, that boxing gloves were not introduced to make boxing safer? They were actually introduced to encourage head shots! In fact, more people have died boxing since the introduction of gloves than did before! These are 25 reasons that boxing is the original sport and other things that you never knew about it!
Evander Holyfield got "get well" cards from fans before his fight against Mike Tyson because he was a massive underdog. Evander went on to win in one of the biggest upsets in sports history.
Before one of his fights, Sugar Ray Robinson had a dream that he would kill his opponent. He wanted to back out but was convinced to fight anyway. He ended up killing his opponent (Jimmy Doyle).
In his younger years Liam Neeson was an Irish boxing champion. Some more fun facts - he also dropped out of a degree in computer science and worked as a forklift operator.
At 5' 7", Tommy Burns was the shortest heavyweight boxer ever. What he was really known for, however, was his respect for other fighters, especially of different races. That was something that didn't exist in his day.
After 93 fights which included 18 losses, Canadian boxer George Chuvalo never suffered a knock out.
Mexican boxer Julio César Chávez won his first 87 fights in a row.
In 1949 Gus Waldorf boxed against a bear and lost.
In the culture of ancient Greece, the god Apollo was seen as being the inventor and protector of boxing
Boxing is also called pugilism (literally, fighting with your fists)
One of Bruce Lee's mentors, Wong Shun Leung, was a bare knuckle boxing champion on the underground circuit (which was illegal). He quit fighting, however, after accidentally blinding an opponent.
In 1860, John Heenan, a bareknuckle boxer, was beat so badly that an artist was hired to paint a picture of his face after the match. It recently sold for 3000 pounds
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