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Ranking the Most Unbreakable Records in Boxing (Part 1)

A lot of boxing records are phenomenal with certain milestones are till now untouchable. Just as nobody will ever be able to forget Cy Young’s total of 511 wins or come close to Len Wickwar’s 468 professional bouts.

It might seems that breaking other records is feasible, but still seems unlikely till now. It isn’t impossible to break the record of Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak or Manny Pacquiao’s world titles in eight different divisions.
These are the top boxing records that are very difficult, to surpass. 

10. Youngest World Champion: Wilfred Benite

In March 1976, Wilfred Benitez won the WBC light welterweight title from Antonio Cervantes at just 17 years old to become the youngest champion in history. He was still six months away from turning 18 with high school classmates sitting in the front row cheering him up.

It would almost certainly that a case of a flyweight or lower from the Asia-Pacific or Latin America countries might break the record. But might be in a far far future. In Benitez’s case, he won and hold the title for almost a decade in a historically competitive weight against many all-time great in the category. Benitez later moved up, attempting to win the welterweight title, but lost to Ray Leonard. In May 1981 he defeated Maurice Hope to win the light middleweight title, and became the youngest champion in history that win in three-division.

9. Longest KO Streak with a World Championship: Wilfredo Gomez

There have been many longer KO streaks but none of those fighters became world champions. Following draw in his professional debut, Gomez defeated the next 32 opponents in four years of stretch to reign the WBC super bantamweight champion.

After taking his record with 32 KOs, Gomez moved up to featherweight to challenge Mexican legend Salvador Sanchez and took the first loss of his career.

After which, Gomez won eight more in a row by stoppage, including the first unanimous decision over Juan Laporte.

Before retiring, he won a third world title at super featherweight and become the greatest Puerto Rican star of all time.

Deontay Wilder is currently in striking distance of this record, with 32 straight KOs. But he’s yet to fight a true contender, let alone win a championship, while Gomez recorded the last 13 KOs of his streak in world title fights.

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Boxing Weight divisions

During the 19th and the early 20th century, the popularity of boxing brings about the establishment of weight divisions which features other classes beside the heavyweight class to eliminate the handicap of smaller contestants’ having to compete with excessive weight opponents. Some of these weight divisions came from the United States while many others come from Great Britain.

There were initially eight weight divisions in men’s boxing before more divisions were included, and professional governing bodies now acknowledge a total of 17 weight classes, which had their current names after the major boxing organizations in 2015. The upper limits of these classes are determined as follows:

minimumweight, light flyweight, flyweight, super flyweight, bantamweight, super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight, super lightweight, welterweight, super welterweight, middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, cruiserweight, heavyweight, and unlimited

In all world and national title fights, weight limits must be strictly managed, although boxers are often allowed by contract to scale the day before a fight. If a boxer is over the limit of the class he intended to fight, he is normally given time to make the stipulated weight. If he fails, the bout is proceeded, but if the overweight fighter wins the bout, the position in the fight he intends to join is declared vacant.

In Olympic amateur boxing event, the weight divisions for men are as follow:

light flyweight ( weight not more than 108 pounds (49 kg), flyweight, bantamweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, heavyweight, super heavyweight, and any weight over 201 pounds (91 kg)

There is no strict agreement on weight divisions of women’s professional boxing, but amateur weight divisions are agreed as follow:

flyweight (weight not more than 106 pounds), bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, heavyweight, super heavyweight, any weight over 179 pounds (81 kg)

Women’s Olympic boxing is divided into three weight classes as follow

flyweight, lightweight, and middleweight

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Biggest Stars in Boxing Today (Part 2)

3. Wladimir / Vitali Klitschko

While not widely popular in the United States, in Europe Wladimir / Vitali Klitschko

are legitimate rock stars, featuring huge TV ratings every time they having a fight, especially in Germany. The Klitschko brothers’ fights always routinely sold out over football, something almost no other US fighters could do. 

Wlad and Vitali have incredible earning power all over Europe, especially after Wladimir fight against David Haye which was a true worldwide event with thousands of viewers in about 150 countries.  

While they aren’t the most beloved fighters of the US, they are still very famous to most boxing fans. Despite not liking their style, many admit that they still will tune in and watch every of their fights, no matter who they are up against. 

2. Floyd Mayweather

It was hard deciding the position for Floyd Mayweather between No. 1 and No. 2. Floyd is very arguably king in the sport because his fights do huge numbers and are always big news but his family is both intriguing and funny, which make us love to watch and see what happens whenever they get together. Through the HBO show 24/7, Floyd has become a household name. 

Floyd’s personality is definitely a reason for his popularity as his boxing skills. He talks about HUGE game outside the ring, and backed it up inside by great performance. Floyd Mayweather is truly a star in boxing today. 

1. Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd are pretty much equal in terms of PPV numbers and reputation in the United States, but in terms of worldwide popularity, Manny is over the edge. Although Floyd is very famous outside the US, but he’ll never get the same admiration as Manny has. Manny is the most famous athlete, singer, actor, politician, and so much more in his home country – the Philippines.

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Biggest Stars in Boxing Today (Part 1)

50 years ago, boxing was the most famous sport in the world. If you were a winner in one of the eight weight classes, you were famous both plain and simple.

However, there are many fighters with the ability to create a storm every time they enter the ring. Here are the recent biggest stars in the sport of boxing. 

5. Miguel Cotto

In the New York City area, the atmosphere of every Cotto fights at the garden is unreal. Thousands of his fans showed up and are very passionate. 

Cotto’s fights in Madison Square Garden and in Yankee Stadium have sold out numerous times. A casual sports fan heard of his name, which is rare in today’s fight game. As a testament to his famous reputation, here is a trivia question: Who has hold the attendance record in Madison Square Garden for a single event? 

The answer would be Miguel Cotto, with his competition against Zab Judah. Many people attended said it was the best atmosphere they’d ever been to compare to any other sporting event. 

4. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez

TV ratings put Canelo on this list. In the US, Canelo routinely get excellent ranking on HBO, and he is consistently attract over 10,000 fans whenever he fights in the United States. 

In Mexico, Alvarez is a legitimate superstar, attracting an average over 40 million viewers in the south of the border which account for about 40 percent of the population watching him every time he fights. The only time that occurs in the United States was the super bowl.

Canelo is only 21, which means that he has numerous of time to become an even bigger star, especially when the fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. comes off, it is possible that Azteca will break JCC Sr.’s all time attendance record.  

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Legendary Boxers of All time (Part 3)

‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard (USA)
Another Olympic gold medallist, ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard was considered as fighter of the decade of 1980s although his stats didn’t as impressive as other boxers in this list. However, he did fighting against the likes of stars such as Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran and Thomas Hearns, which make him more special.
He fought 40 times, of which he won 36, lost 3 and drew 1. 25 of 36 won were by knockout.

Mike Tyson (USA)

He is famous for controversial actions both in and out of the ring such as being convicted of rap, making the undisputed heavyweight champion for over two years.

Tyson was disqualified for biting a piece of Holyfield’s ear off in a fight.

His stats are kind of skewed by fighting past his prime. He fought 58 times, winning 50, lost six times, and was involved in two no contests. 44 of 50 won was by knockout. 

Joe Louis (USA)

Joe Louis named the “Brown Bomber” was one of the most dominant boxers of all time and generation, holding the record of heavyweight title for over 11 years. He participated in 27 heavyweight championship fights which is another record until today.

He fought 72 times, he won 69, lost 3 times. Of those 69 winning, 55 was by knockout. Of 3 lost, one was by the great Rocky Marciano.

Muhammad Ali (USA)

Muhammad Ali is the most famous boxer of all time, and an Olympic gold medallist as well as a former heavyweight champion. He was famous for his overwhelming self-belief, his cockiness,

fantastic quotes, his prime, and stands he made, such as refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, which made him a temporary ban from boxing.

He fought 61 times, of which he won 56, 5 lost most coming in the twightlight of his career when he was past his best. Of those 56 fights won, 37 was by knockout. 

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Different Fighting Styles In Boxing (Part 2)

Out-Boxer

An out-boxer is the opposite of being a pressure fighter, throwing as many effective punches as possible for the duration of a man match. It’s about staying on the outside, using the reach as a weapon to keep opponents at bay with crafty technique.

Out-boxers usually have long wingspans and possess a height and reach advantage to perform a long, rangy, and effective jab, peppering their foes with pinpoint accuracy, connecting with shots from the outside to prevent opponents from getting on the inside.

Out-boxers prefer to defeat opponents with technique, with the majority of victories come by decision and score knockouts or by accumulating damage on an opponent, breaking them down with accurate punching until a precise finish.

Notable out-boxers are the heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, legendary boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr., and Muhammad Ali.

Slugger

The slugger pays nearly no attention to strategy, instead, they rather overwhelm their opponent with strength and brute force. Most of the time, sluggers are also keen on taking a big amount of punishment in order to deal with their own volume of damage.

People would want to avoid sluggers because this type of boxer cares very little about avoiding firefights, they are .m“action stars” and like giving fans the most entertaining bouts.

Sluggers are mindful fighters, however with a lot of what they do involves a great deal of technique, a distinct ability to be able to force their way inside and trap opponents along the ropes or into corners. A key skill for sluggers is ring generalship or cutting off the ring.

Notable sluggers include Britain’s Ricky “Hitman” Hatton, Arturo “Thunder” Gatti, and “Irish” Micky Ward.

Each type of boxers has its own techniques, advantages as well as disadvantages in combating. Which one do you like to follow when you are on the ring? which one do people bet on the most? Boxing or is it MMA?

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Different Fighting Styles In Boxing (Part 1)

Boxing is a unique sport, with many different existing styles, all are highly-technical featuring subtle nuances and fluid movement. It is a form of martial art that takes years of practice to reach perfection. Boxing is more than what meets the eye. All textbook technique is good but it’s just the basics, anyone practices boxing will soon have to discover their own identity which is why it’s extremely important to diversify skills and develop the own unique style.

Boxing is obviously one of the coolest sports out there, producing unparalleled excitement, especially if you’re starting to discover your unique offensive and defensive style.  

In this post, we will take a look at the different styles that have been prominent in boxing history.

1) Pressure Fighter

Pressure fighting is a highly effective fighting style that is perhaps the most popular style in boxing. Famous boxers in the history of boxing were pressure fighters include Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, Roberto Duran, and Julio Cesar Chavez.

Manny Pacquiao is a master of pressuring his opponent in the ring which is all about unleashing a good volume of punches on opponent. Swarming with multiple combinations allows this type of boxers to overwhelm its opponents with bunches of punches, and keeping its foes on the defensive poses for long periods of time. Since boxing is centered on offense, this type of fighters scores major points with the judges every round by maintaining a solid stream of output. In modern times, judges give more interest in the aggressor types of boxers who initiate the action even though defense is surely important. This is the trademark of a pressure fighter which involves getting off first and often. It’s safe to say, this style requires tremendous cardiovascular endurance and supreme body conditioning. 

Each punch that this pressure and volume punchers throws expends energy, and there’s only so much energy to go around in a given match. A lot of emphasis is placed on cardiovascular endurance training.

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Boxing in Olympic Tokyo 2020

ATHLETE AMBASSADOR PROGRAMME

The Task Force has announced the establishment of an Athlete Ambassador Group to engage with, support and represent boxers. They will also collect valuable athlete input and feedback then report them to the Task Force. The purpose of this task force is to promote the athlete voice and representation in boxing, for Tokyo Olympic 2020 and beyond.

The Athlete Ambassadors will consist of 10 boxers, one man and one woman from every of the five regions, representing gender equality and global representation. Both 10 of them will be chosen from among nominations proposed by National Olympic Committees and National Federations on 30 September. They will be participated by additional athletes elected by their peers at each of the four continental events.   

PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS (PWC) TO MANAGE REFEREEING AND JUDGING PROCESS

To ensure the successful, fair and transparent delivery of the Olympic Qualification Events and the Olympic competition, the Olympic Boxing Task Force is currently deciding the appointment of PwC to independently oversee the process for choosing and evaluating boxing referees and judges.

The evaluation will be implemented prior to, and during, the five Olympic Qualification Events and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

This decision was build upon the successful management at the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, where the partnership with PwC helped ensure the credibility, fair and transparency of refereeing and judging personnel as well as processes.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The establishment of the Olympic Boxing Task Force by the IOC Executive Board (EB) based on the recommendation of the IOC EB on 22 May, being approved by the IOC Session on 26 June. Which also means that the International Boxing Association (AIBA) by the IOC will be suspended and evaluated after Tokyo 2020. The decision was based on the suggestion of the Inquiry Committee founded by the IOC EB on 30 November 2018 over queries and concerns about AIBA in the areas of finance, governance, ethics and refereeing and judging.

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BOXING ROAD TO TOKYO 2020

The Olympic Committee of Tokyo 2020 has announced in June 2019 the schedule as well as the names of cities to host qualifying events for Boxing. There are 5 destinations to receive the honor.

There are 4 Continental Events and a final World Qualification Event will be organized between February and May 2020 allowing global boxers the opportunity to seal their places at the Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament.
The World Qualification Event is a special event which will give athletes a second chance to those boxers who have not yet qualified for the Games.
The Qualification Events are guaranteed to be a world-class, fair and transparent pathway to the Olympic Games with equal opportunities and the best possible conditions for all National Olympic Committees.
The qualifying schedule strongly emphasis on legacy, as all five events hosted by former or future host cities or countries of Olympic Games or Youth Olympic Games. The details are as follows:

Asia/ Oceania: WUHAN, China, from 3 to 14 February 2020. Venue to be confirmed later.

Africa: DAKAR, Senegal, from 20 til 29 February 2020
At Dakar International Expo Centre, Diamniadio

Europe: LONDON, Great Britain, from 13 til 23 March 2020 at Copper Box arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

America: BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, from 26 March til April 2020 at CeNARD high-performance athletics training centre

World Event: PARIS, France, from 13 to 24 May 2020. Venue to be confirmed later.

There are a total of 286 athletes the same as Rio Olympic Games 2016; however, the number of female boxers tripled for Tokyo 2020 thanks to a major boost toward gender equality and in keeping with the enhanced quality and popularity of female boxing. The Tokyo tournament will feature 186 men and 100 women in comparison to 250 men and 36 women in Rio Olympic Games.

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HISTORY OF BOXING

Boxing is an ancient sport which was introduced to the ancient Olympic Games in the 7th century BC by the Greeks when players used soft leather thongs to bind boxers’ hands and forearms for protection. The earliest evidence for the existence of boxing dates back to Egypt around 3000 BC. Later, in Rome, leather thongs were replaced by the cestus – a glove studded with metal which led to the death of one or other contestant. After the fall of the Roman Empire, boxing came to an abrupt end and only being resurfaced in 17th century in England. The England began organising amateur boxing officially in 1880. At that time, only five weight classes were contested namely Bantam, in which contestants not exceeding 54 kilos; Feather, contestants not exceeding 57 kilos; Light, contestants not exceeding 63.5 kilos; Middle, contestants not exceeding 73 kilos; and Heavy, contestants of any weight.

In 1904, boxing made its Olympic debut in St Louis, and the USA, the only country entered, took all the medals. Since then, the Americans continued to dominate the sport, winning 109 medals (including 48 gold) out of the 842, the second place belong to the Cubans and Russians. 

Since being included in the Olympic games, boxing has been included at each edition of the Games, except in 1912 in Stockholm, due to Swedish law, which banned the practice. 

The rules of boxing have evolved during the 1980s with protective helmet obligatory in 1984 in Los Angeles; set-up of an electronic scoring system to strengthen the objectivity of refereeing in 1992 in Barcelona and standardised point scoring in 2007. 

Despite the fact that the sport is rather violence, women’s boxing made its debut at the 2012 London Games in London, in which 11 men’s events was replaced by 10 men’s and 3 women’s events.