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Boxing History

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Boxing is one of the oldest known sports, from 2,000-year-old depictions on the walls of tombs in Egypt, to stone carvings indicating that Sumerians, who lived in what is now Iraq, boxed over 5,000 years ago. However, this is not the boxing that we know today, it was once a more exhausting and brutal sport. In ancient Greece, two men would sit face to face with their fists wrapped in strips of leather. They would hit each other until one of them fell to the ground unconscious or dead. Roman fighters wore cestuses, leather straps plated with metal, which promoted shortened bouts. The sport was eventually prohibited due to the inhumane violence. Boxing would not reappear until the late 1600s in England. Then, in the 1700s-modern boxing was introduced,…show more content…
These men sparked interest in the sport during the 1980’s and managed to grab the attention of many people. Today, the sport has arguably lost its popularity due to several reasons. To start, there are less boxers that are known public figures than there once was. Today, there are two “top” boxers: Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. Floyd, worth over 300 million dollars, has managed to gain this fortune through several factors. First, boxing makes millions of dollars over paper-view, but one should realize that these constant paper-view fights, that usually cost over fifty dollars to watch, are not used in any traditional sports that are shown on cable. Secondly, boxers make money not only from paper-view, but from the millions of dollars’ top boxers ask for if they win the fight. However, this high cost to watch the sport often deters fans from watching every main event. The last reason boxing has gained the reputation of a declining sport is the growing competition between other fighter sports, such as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Ultimate Fighting Championship…show more content…
One of the most famous incidents dealt with Muhammad Ali in 1967. During this time, he was the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world and highly acclaimed. Ali was arguably in his prime when was called to join the Vietnam draft. He did not believe in the Vietnam War, due to his beliefs in his newfound Muslim faith, and refused to join the draft. He was stripped of his heavyweight title and on April 28, 1967, he protested by refusing to step forward when his name was called, resulting in his arrest. The New York State Athletic Commission, the most influential boxing commission at the time, decided to revoke Ali's boxing license before he was even convicted. For three years, he wasn't allowed to box, Ali had to speak at various colleges to make enough money to put food on the table and pay his bills. Ali was reinstated in 1970, but three of his best years as a professional were gone. Ali was close to 30, leaving the world to only wonder what those three years could have produced. The other infamous boxing incident was the Mike Tyson vs. Evan Holyfield fight in 1997. Both fighters had history with each other and the excitement behind the fight was high. Holyfield beat Tyson the year before saying that, “Tyson was no longer the baddest man on the planet.” However, during the second round of Tyson-Holyfield, Tyson received a cut from a Holyfield headbutt. The
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