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Which boxing belt is the most prestigious nowadays?

With the Boxing Championship belt sprouting like mushrooms after the rain, even those who regularly follow Boxing can easily mistake the importance of each belt.

Currently in the boxing industry, there are many championship belts of many different leagues, but only 4 belts of WBO, WBA, WBC and IBF are truly recognized by the whole world.

The reason for the existence of so many different titles is because in the 1920s, a series of British boxing committees created a series of championship titles in order to attract customers for matches.

By 1963, the two largest committees of the time had grown into WBA and WBC – the first two official Boxing federations. 20 years later IBF and WBO were established, since then there are 4 Boxing unions in the world.

Boxing currently has too many world federations/associations

With the existence of 4 different federations/associations, the title of “World Champion” is no longer valid as it used to be. In addition, WBA has made the championship title “lighter” by dividing the championship belt into two categories “regular” and “super”.

What is a “regular” WBA championship title? Put simply, the WBA considers the league to have only one boxer at the top of the weight class is not enough to split the belt into “regular” and “super”.

Initially, the “super” WBA belt was only given to boxers who owned the championship belt in various weight classes as a special title. However, not long after, WBA blatantly created a “super” belt competition for all weight classes. Now every weight class has boxers that own “regular” and “super” belts.

WBA has once confirmed that they are planning to unify “super” and “regular” WBA titles into a championship title to avoid confusion, but this has not yet happened.

The IBO boxing championship belt

On the other hand, the IBO championship belt is one of the most controversial.

The IBO Federation was established in 1988, five years after the introduction of IBF and WBO. For many boxing fans the world-wide 4 leagues is too much and the existence of the 5th federation makes the meaning of the world championship title trivial.

One of the most recent examples of IBO belts not being recognized by the majority of Boxing fans is that after the match between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr, many media outlets around the world chose not to list IBO belts. in the list of titles that Andy Ruiz Jr won.

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Top 10 greatest fists in the last decade

Here is the list of the 10 greatest boxing fighters published by BoxRec that has faced many controversies.

Recently, BoxRec has published a list of the 10 greatest boxers. Headed by Floyd Mayweather, the boxer holds a record of 50 wins in a 21-year career. “Single-handed defeat” has held many world championships in 5 weight classes, and is considered one of the boxers with the best defensive skills ever.

Mayweather was voted BoxRec’s greatest boxer

Behind Mayweather is Manny Pacquiao – the defeat of former American puncher in the super classic match in 2015. “Pac Man” is also the only person on the list still playing professionally. Muhammad Ali – the late legend is considered by many fans to be the greatest puncher, ranked 4th, behind Carlos Monzon.

BoxRec’s list is not less controversial, when names like Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Rocky Marciano or Roberto Duran … are not in the top 10. Even, there are opinions against the No. 1 and 2.

Mayweather retired with unbeaten record. However, the former American puncher lost points in the eyes of the NHM, because most accepted to compete with weaker opponents to maintain the unbeaten chain. For Paccquiao, the Filipino puncher was the first boxer to win 8 different weight classes, but most boxing fans said that “Pac Man” was not enough to rank above Ali.

The fourth position of the legendary Ali is not less controversial.

Top 10 greatest boxers voted by BoxRec are as follows.

10. Julio Cesar Chavez – 107-6-2 (Win – Loss – Draw)

9. Oscar De La Hoya – 39-6-0

8. Archie Moore – 186-23-10

7. Joe Louis – 66-3-0

6. Bernard Hopkins – 55-8-2

5. Sugar Ray Robinson – 174-19-6

4. Muhammad Ali – 56-5-0

3. Carlos Monzon – 87-3-9

2. Manny Pacquiao – 62-7-2

1. Floyd Mayweather – 50-0-0

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Types of boxing

Why is Boxing harder to play than MMA? (Part 3)

What about MMA?

Even in Europe, there are still some countries like France that do not accept professional MMA. Right in the US – “home of UFC“, the ban on MMA in New York was only lifted last year.

Asia – where the OneChampionship tournament is taking place, the expansion of the tournament market is still at a standstill in many countries, even though these are already established facilities and MMA practitioners. Africa – although there have been many successful countries in Boxing but still in the “learning” about MMA.

The paradox of choice

There is a famous paradox that is “the paradox of choice”. That means when you have so many options, you won’t know what to choose. This explains why when people are too free, people often get bored.

Or it can also be understood that if you have too many pairs of shoes, you will not know which ones you need to choose to go out. Likewise, MMA has too many options so that the boxer gets stuck in the development of skills.

In MMA, when facing a punch, you can wrestle, you can kick as well as can counter it with another punch. But because of that, you fall into a state of “how to counter that punch?”

To capture cards of Manny Pacquiao, Manuel Marquez had to resort to click-only tactics without hitting. Of course these feint moves are harmless, Nonetheless, they are key to Marquez’s KO victory over Pacquiao.

MMA can be compared to a problem of many unknowns with many different systems of equations. To solve such a system of equations with many unknowns, sometimes you just need to find a single unknown.

Just like to defeat Khabib, you just need to get past his wrestling skills. Obviously, so far, no one has been able to do that, but you’ve mastered the most basic concept of tactics to defeat Khabib.

In Boxing, you only need to search for only one unknown number, but that unknown comes with a complicated problem. To solve the “find x” Boxing problem, you have to create a complex system of equations with “assumptions” to then gradually eliminate and eventually arrive at the solution stage. Boxing is a simple subject to the complexity.

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The reasons Holyfield may win over Mike Tyson despite being older

Check out the reasons why Evander Holyfield is in the upper door of the match against Mike Tyson.

Temporarily ignore the previous confrontation achievements, also temporarily forget that they are legends. If Holyfield is in a match with Mike Tyson, the win of the “Real Deal” will be much higher for the following reasons.

Bodybuilding, fighting style counteract each other

First, the biggest difference is the fitness between the two boxers. Evander Holyfield is 189cm tall and Mike Tyson is 178cm tall. The next problem that can cause trouble for Mike Tyson is in the fighting style.

With “Mike Steel” he is the type of boxer to actively attack, forcing the opponent to change their attacks so that he takes advantage of his strength to win. Meanwhile, Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield is an excellent counter boxer.

Evander Holyfield is an excellent boxer counter

If this alone, all advantages seem to favor Evander Holyfield. First, as a boxer, Holyfield with a higher arm span and higher body strength helped him to hold the advantage in distance. Besides, the counter counter is the fighting style depending on the tricks and feelings.

At the age of Pentecost, when factors such as physical strength, speed, were affected, the boxers only had short-term strength of muscles, superficial experience and sensation. Mike Tyson’s card is a physical force, speed does not seem to be a concern anymore.

Mike Tyson is a boxer who uses combo, strength, speed to hold down and create attack loopholes.

Holyfield was different, although his speed and physical strength were affected, but the flexible playing style of the young Holyfield’s mind helped him build a huge “trick”. This is also the advantage of boxers who play counter when facing younger boxing fighters.

Fighting experience

Since his retirement, Mike Tyson has almost quit training. He also once admitted to hating boxing so much that he did not dare to go to the gym for fear of meeting himself in his youth.

Meanwhile, although Holyfield is as bankrupt as Mike Tyson, but because he has no opportunity to participate in television shows, the only job that helps him overcome the crisis is to be a sparring partner with young rivals.

The young boxers, rising stars will pay Holyfield to practice with him. Thanks to that, Holyfield’s physical strength, strength as well as feeling and a variety of other scouting skills are still sharpened. After all, if the rematch, Mike Tyson’s victory was really limited against Evander Holyfield.

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The famous boxer coming from black slaves (Part 2)

Professional gladiator at the age of ‘old man’

A year after fighting Maddox, Richmond defeated a Jewish fighter named ‘Fighting’ Youssep. The match put him on the world boxing map and was quickly compared to puncher Jack Holmes, before leading Richmond to the second and final loss in life, against a nearly 20-year-old new opponent: Tom Cribb .

But Richmond’s second defeat was probably one of the greatest in boxing history at the time. Richmond and Cribb fought for 90 minutes in 25 rounds without anyone yielding. Eventually, Cribb defeated 42-year-old Richmond, becoming the boxing champion who ruled England from 1809 to 1822.

Richmond met his opponent Maddox in 1809 and won after 52 matches when he was 45 years old. Finally, Richmond saved enough money to own a pub. It was here that he met Tom Molineaux, also a free American slave. Instead of continuing to fight with each other, Richmond becomes Molineaux coach, with the overall goal of defeating national champion Tom Cribb.

But after losing twice to Cribb, Molineaux fired Richmond as his coach. Strangely enough, Richmond eventually became friends with Cribb and the two “former enemies” built a lasting friendship.

The professional career of Richmond is 17 wins and 2 losses. Richmond’s final victory took place when he was a “old man” 50 years old.

During his later years, Richmond continued to participate in boxing training and joined a pugilism club in London. Pinnacle vin When the coronation arrived in July 1821, he was the only black person invited to attend the coronation of King George IV.

His presence at the coronation showed a big difference between the white and black people of that time. While whites enjoy the privilege, pugil fighters must fight hard, often on the streets, to gain social respect and be considered the embodiment of success.

After the King’s coronation, Richmond returned to Cribb and his coaching career. Eight years later, in December 1829, Richmond spent his last night in the Tom Cribb pub in central London and died the next morning at the age of 66.

At the Tom Cribb pub in central London, today there is still a memorial billboard Richmond, on which the inscription “Liberation slaves, boxers, businessmen”.

Bill Richmond pioneered the black sports effort and was the first black athlete to gain the reputation and respect of British society and the Royal Family at that time. Perhaps without Bill Richmond fighting for his skin color in history, the world would probably not have had other sporting “giants” like Muhammad Ali and Jesse Owens.

In 1999, Bill Richmond was registered on the International Boxing Fame. He is one of the most famous boxer coming from black slaves in the history.

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Why is Boxing harder to play than MMA? (Part 2)

Sophisticated tricks defeat the experienced opponents

But that is just the blow, Boxing’s strategy to keep strength is also a difficult problem to solve. Because the weapon is a fist, which has a short range but flexibility, the punches are forced to use their mobility to control the match.

Accordingly, the tempo of boxing is always maintained at the highest level because everyone has to move. This is also the reason why Boxing boxers easily exhausted than other martial arts because of the abuse of the law.

Ben Askren’s Lay n Pray tactic reduced the tempo of the game to below average

Boxing holding tactics are also more complicated because of the nature of the subject. The legs are forced to move so that they cannot receive attacks, you cannot “cuddle” the opponent to recover, even more unable to use the “concrete” strategy as safe as Kamaru Usman did with Tyron Woodley at UFC 235.

You must calculate each blow strikes, each stage “threaten” to the opponent to hesitate to attack. Even forced the opponent to “burn physical” when confronted with you.

In boxing, even when defending, you are still forced to move

In a rematch between Canelo and Golovkin, Canelo did the unthinkable, pushing back against the cardio Golovkin monster. Instead of fearing the strength and stamina of the opponent, Canelo Alvarez decided to lead the match in the rematch.

This cheeky tactic has caused Gennady Golovkin to have “breathless” moments after pitted against Canelo Alvarez. In other words, Canelo used the “suicide” tactic to burn Gennady Golovkin’s stamina. That was something no one could have anticipated before choosing to confront someone like Gennady Golovkin.

Along with Taekwondo and Wrestling, Boxing is considered a “basic fighting sport”, ie any country with an interest in sports must also have this subject. Now, if we are suddenly asked “the only country in the world without Boxing”, perhaps your only answer is the Bhutanese Buddhist paradise? Big mistake! Bhutan has a national Boxing team.

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The famous boxer coming from black slaves (Part 1)

Born in slavery, Bill Richmond fought tirelessly to become the greatest African American sports boxer of his time.

Born to be a warrior

On July 19, 1821, King George IV ascended the throne to rule England during a lavish coronation at the Palace of Westminster. In the dazzling palace, with solemn rituals, one was surprised and puzzled when 18 large figures appeared, especially among them a black man.

It was one of the top boxers in England, and also the most prestigious athletes of the time. But the fact that a black man had the honor of attending the King’s coronation was extremely rare in conservative 19th-century English society.

Bill Richmond was born a slave on Staten Island, New York in 1763 and grew up in the family of Richard Charlton, a wealthy pastor of St. Peter’s Church. Then an accidental meeting in the summer of 1776 changed the life of the slave boy.

That day, Brigadier General Percy, commander of British forces in the United States, entered a bustling pub where his soldiers were having a cup of tea. A battle broke out, and a lone protagonist defending himself became the center of attention: the 13-year-old Bill Richmond. General Percy was impressed by the boy’s fighting spirit, after which he persuaded Pastor Charlton to sell the young man.

In the 1700s, pugilism, also known as boxing, was one of the most popular sports in England and was probably the number one after horse racing. Initially General Percy arranged pugilism matches for Richmond solely to entertain his guests, and the black boy’s opponents were often the most “evil” British soldiers Percy could find. see.

The famous boxer

In 1777, Percy sent the young man to northern England, attending a school in Yorkshire. After marrying and having a child with a white woman, in 1795, Richmond moved to London and became the boxing coach of the Camelford Lord Thomas Pitt, a former navy officer who loved boxing.

Together Pitt and Richmond attended prizefighting matches (barefoot boxing), the boxers were not wearing gloves and the match could last a lot. Prizefighting is similar to today’s MMA or UFC matches, really brutal and bloody.

But it was not until 36 years old that Richmond entered the professional boxing career. In 1804, Richmond faced the notorious and invincible warrior George Maddox. Although the match lasted 9 innings, Richmond did not win, but his effort was a victory. Maddox often kills an opponent in just a few rounds, and it is unthinkable for a rookie to fight 9 rounds with him.

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Joshua accepted to lose a championship title to fight Fury

Anthony Joshua, a boxer who holds three WBA, WBO and IBF championships, wants to fight Tyson Fury in 2020, instead of attending belt battles.

Joshua currently holds three of the four major boxing belts, including WBA Super, IBF and WBO. In 2020, he is supposed to protect the IBF belt against Kubrat Pulev, and the WBO belt against Oleksandr Usyk. If fighting both matches, the goal of fighting Fury this year is unlikely to be realized.

The organization of the All-England match still faces a barrier from Fury, as the boxer may have to fight a third battle with Deontay Wilder, if the American boxer activates this provision within the next month.

In mid-2018, Gennady Golovkin was stripped of the middleweightweight IBF for not agreeing to a title defense match, because he was busy with Canelo Alvarez. Later, Canelo himself was deprived of this IBF belt in mid-2019.

Absolute champions began to be mentioned in the late 1980s, with Mike Tyson among the first champions to acquire the three WBA, WBC and IBF belts in the middle of 1987. By 1988, the WBO was established. It took 20 years for the remaining three organizations to be recognized as one of the four major titles of boxing.

The concept of absolute champion is now understood as a boxer who acquires all four WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO belts. Around 2004 WBO coined the names unified champion (boxers won two of the four major champions), undisputed champions (won three belts), and super champions (all four belts). However, this division has not been agreed upon by the remaining organizations.

A boxer, if stripped but not due to losing, is still called the absolute champion. In 2000, Lennox Lewis was stripped of the WBA belt for not attending the organization’s title match. However, he was still called the absolute champion until April 2001, when losing to Hasim Rahman.

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Why is Boxing harder to play than MMA? (Part 1)

Boxing has only hand to hand while MMA has to fight hands, legs, wrestling. But why is Boxing harder to play than MMA?

In MMA, it is clear that the martial artist needs to know as many martial arts as possible and to maximize his potential and limit his opponent’s abilities in order to achieve the ultimate victory.

A MMA fighter must face many attacks from objects, fastening, punching, kicking, and knees. Obviously, MMA must pay attention to different aspects than MMA, but for that reason , MMA climax is not “hard” as Boxing peak. Because the rules were so wide, MMA had a time when it was misunderstood as a rule of life and death without rules

The code is strictly limited

Boxing is the most challenging stage in the martial arts. You must not use your feet, not use attorneys, not hugging, not turning, not running. However, you still have to ensure victory.

If in MMA, you cannot punch, you can kick, if you cannot kick, you can find a way to bring the game to the floor. Even non-professionals who watch MMA can speak up tactics. basically like that. However, in Boxing, if you cannot punch, what else will you do?

Constraint is the premise for creativity

Because only two fists are used to attack, Boxing fighters have only one concern is the opponent’s hands. All the focus was on each other’s fists, making the blow more visible and predictable than ever. Without being able to be clever or creative, Boxing-fighters would not be able to strike effectively.

To hit an opponent, you must be tricky.

In front of the big competitors, you must also be a big old fox to confront them. Gradually, the old tricks need to be replaced by the more advanced “tricks”. The beat, the psychology of hitting, the power begin to play so the trick becomes even more sophisticated and unpredictable.

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The interesting history of Mexican fighting style in boxing

Not sectarian like other martial arts, but the style of boxing is very diverse. The fighting style of a region, a country also always distinguishes itself from the rest. Boxing has many different playing styles, and each region of the world has different ideas and styles of play.

What influences the fighting style and style of a region or a country usually depends on the initial factors such as the boxing country, the culture of the host country, the physicality of the people of the host country.

The interesting history

Mexico used to be a poor country, with low wages and living standards. Mexican people always have to cross the US to do “underground” here with higher salaries.

American employers love to use “underground” labor for a variety of reasons, low wages, no paper insurance, and high labor productivity. Mexican workers built relationships with American capitalists at that time.

For American capitalists, more specifically boxing bosses, it was very difficult at that time to find people to train with the fighters. Partly because not everyone can afford to raise many boxers at once, partly because Americans like to watch Boxing and are not willing to take a fighter’s punches for a living.

The underground Mexican working class is willing to do everything for less than the standard US wage. This underground labor situation still exists today.

Gradually after these “martial artists” classes after working age, they will return to their homeland and open the boxing oven. This is the reason for the formation of the Mexican style – a close style at close range and belly fight.

Nowadays, the Mexican fighting style is one of the most feared fighting styles in modern boxing. The Mexicans, over time, have modified the style of play to become different from that of the old style.

Mexican boxers still compete at close range, but the ability to evade attacks and counter has gone to a new level. These consecutive combo combos are gradually replaced by a series of calculated attacks launched from many different angles. Stubbornness is also accompanied by the thinking mindfulness in boxing.

Highlight Mexican boxing

Mexicans, with legendary names dominating in the past such as Oscar De La Hoya, Erik Morales, Antonia Barrera until now Canelo Alvarez, Mikey Garcia, Santa Cruz, will continue to affirm the position of the Mexicans on world arena.