The Rise and Fall: Boxing


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Boxing had a long ride at the top of the sports world, but MMA has overtaken it in popularity.

Boxing is a sport that has a long and interesting history, with its roots dating back to ancient times. It has seen periods of great popularity and success, as well as times of decline and even near-extinction.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, boxing was one of the most popular sports in the world. This was the golden age of boxing, when legends like Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Jake LaMotta, and Rocky Marciano captivated audiences with their skill and charisma. Boxing was not just a sport, it was a cultural beast, with fights drawing huge crowds and generating enormous amounts of money.

However, as the 20th century progressed, boxing began to lose its luster. The sport was plagued by corruption, with organized crime often controlling the outcomes of fights. Additionally, the rise of other sports like football and basketball, as well as the emergence of new forms of entertainment like television, drew attention and resources away from boxing.

In the 1980s and 1990s, boxing experienced a brief resurgence thanks to the rise of superstar fighters like Mike Tyson and Oscar De La Hoya. However, the sport continued to struggle with issues like performance-enhancing drugs and the rapid increase in numbers of sanctioning bodies that diluted the quality of championships.

Another thing that has led to boxing’s inevitable downfall is other combat sports. The UFC has basically taken over combat sports and is dominating the industry with ease. One reason is the centralization of titles. There are thousands of boxing titles and belts out there while there are only a couple UFC weight class belts. But people also realized how much more entertaining MMA is than strictly boxing.

Today, while boxing is still practiced and enjoyed by millions of people around the world, it has lost much of the significance it once held. The sport faces ongoing challenges, including declining interest among younger generations and continued issues with corruption, setting up fights, and safety. However, there are also efforts underway to regenerate boxing, with new initiatives aimed at improving safety, promoting fairness, and expanding access to the sport.