Boxing History

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Boxing originated when a person lifted a fist against another in play. Different eras of the sport have been distinguished by the use or nonuse of fist coverings. The ancient Greeks believed fist fighting was one of the games played by the gods of Olympus thus it became part of the Olympic games in about 688B.C... Rules around that time were amateur fights of 3 rounds, professional fights from 4 to 15 rounds. The recognized length of a championship fights is 12 rounds. Boxing diminished after the fall of Rome it was revived in the 18th century in England and became especially popular during the championship reign of James Figg. He had the heavyweight title from 1719 through 1730. Boxing became a workingman sport during the industrial revolution …show more content…
You have champs all across the world looking at all those older former boxers who changed all of their lives. Former boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr said “My god has always been to be one of the best fighters who ever lived. My career and legacy are very important to me.” Stated in his biography he is the best. Former boxer Manny Pacquiao said “Only in death will relinquish my belts.” The industry after mike Tyson went to a less weight division. Those superstars now are nowhere near heavyweight. Boxing now is more about the fame and money, not the love for the sport, and that’s what Mike Tyson showed. Mike Tyson said “he’s very delusional” referring to Mayweather because Mayweather claimed to be better than Muhammad Ali. A lot of old former boxers would have been offended after that statement. The industry after Tyson really sunk down with a bunch of knucklehead men who think they were better than some of the worlds …show more content…
He lost the title in 1990 and later served three years in prison over rape charges. He subsequently earned further notoriety by biting Evander Holyfield’s ear during a rematch in 1997. Tyson has gone on to appear in several films, including a documentary and Broadway show of his life. Tyson has suffered in his personal life around that time. After six years of marriage, second wife Monica Turner filed for divorce in 2003, on grounds of adultery. That same year he filed for bankruptcy after his exorbitant spending, multiple trials and bad investments caught up with him. In attempt to pay of his debts Tyson stepped back into the ring for a series of exhibition fights. To curb expenses, the boxer also sold his upscale mansion in Farmington, Connecticut to rapper 50 cent for a little more than $4 million. He crashed on friends couches and slept in shelters until he landed in Phoenix

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