Boxing is one the oldest and best-loved forms of fighting. Boxers need speed , strength, endurance and reflexes to win. The goal is to knock out the opponent. A knock-out means the fighter is unable to continue after a ten second count. Fights these days can also be stopped if a fighter cannot continue often because he is cut too badly. Boxing as an organized sport originates back to the ancient Greeks, introducing it as an Olympic game in BC 688. Boxing activity disappeared after the fall of the Roman Empire when weapons became more common for fighting. The sport was even abolished during the Gladiator Period as it was deemed excessively brutal and slaves were expensive. The slaves were sent in to fight each other in a marked ring on the floor. This is where the term ring came from. Boxing has evolved from the 16th and 18th century prizefights, mostly in Great Britain to the forerunner of modern boxing in the mid 19th century once again in Great Britain and then later in the United States.
Today there are various weight levels:
The top divisions are Heavyweight- Unlimited / Cruiserweight- 200lb / Light Heavyweight- 175lb, Super Middleweight- 168lb / Middleweight- 160lb. Then Super Welterweight- 154lb / Welterweight- 147lb, Super Lightweight- 140lb / Lightweight- 135lb, Super Featherweight- 130lb / Featherweight- 126lb, Super Bantamweight- 122lb / Bamtamweight- 118lb, Super Flyweight- 115lb / Flyweight -112lb / Light Flyweight -108lb. Whatever weight you like vipleague has all boxing live streams you need.
There has been endless debate as to the greatest ever fighter. It doesn’t seem there will ever be an answer because a lot depends on the quality of the opposition at the time. Some boxers will always have a place in history.
Muhammad Ali, 56-5, 37 KO’s; Career: 1960-81, 19 years active. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can’t hit what the eyes can’t see.” Ali was famous for showmanship inside and outside the ring. Everyone knows an Ali quote. He was involved in three of the greatest bouts in history. The Fight of the Century with Joe Frazier. The Thrilla in Manila and the Rumble in the Jungle with George Foreman. Joe Louis, 68-3, 54 KO’s; Career: 1934-51, 14 years active. Rocky Marciano, 49-0, 43 KO’s; Career: 1947-55, 9 years active. One of the most iconic fighters of all time and he retired undefeated. Currently the Klitschko brothers have a lock on this weight with very few real challengers.
Sugar Ray Robinson, 175-19-6, 109 KO’s. 1940-65. 24 years active. Marvin Haggler, 62-3-2, 53 KO’s. 1973-87. 15 years active. The Middleweight divisions are far more competitive than the Heavyweights right now with various fighters looking to stake a dominant claim, particularly Carl Froch and Andre Ward in Super Middleweight.
Sugar Ray Robinson, 175-19-6, 109 KO’s. 1940-65. 24 years active. Pound for pound maybe the best boxer ever. Sugar Ray Leonard, 36-3-1, 25 KO’s. 1977-97 12 years active. This is another weight division with huge interest at present. Floyd Mayweather Jr looking to end the dominance of Manny Pacquiao.
Roberto Duran, 102-15, 70 KO’s, 1967-99. 31 years active. Nicknamed Hands of Stone he also acted in the movie Rocky II. Boxing is a matter of skill and stamina but for fans, personality and flair is also important. The number of organizing bodies and what some may feel pointless title fights have caused a decline in popularity of boxing in recent years. But every so often comes a fight to make the skin tingle.