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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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Best Boxers of All Time (Part 2)

9. Archie Moore (USA)

Archie Moore has the longest professional careers in the history of boxing with many excellent fight, including defeating Rocky Marciano and Cassius Clay.

In total, he has won 194 out of 221 fights, in which, he won over knockout his opponents 145 times, and got defeated 6 times and drew eight times. In all, he got the highest total knockout percentage in professional boxing history.

8. Rocky Marciano (USA)

Rocky Marciano is the only heavyweight champion in boxing history being retired with undefeated achievements, winning all of his fights. He was only knocked to the canvas two times in his whole career, one of which was knocked by the great Archie Moore.

He fought total 49 times throughout his boxing career, winning all 49, and won by knocking out a staggering 43 times, giving a knockout rate of 88 percent.

7. ‘Big’ George Foreman (USA)

An Olympic gold medal winner, George Foreman is one of the most feared boxers due to his size, and his impressive punching power. One right hook from Foreman and his opponent will likely to be knocked out.

He participated in two of the world biggest boxing matches – The Sunshine Showdown and the Rumble in the Jungle, competed against Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali respectively. He became the oldest world heavyweight champion in 1994, when turning 45, getting the winning title 20 years after losing it to Muhammad Ali.

He fought a total of 81 times, in which he won 76, 68 of which won by knockout and being defeated just five times.6. Roberto Duran (PAN)

Nickname “Hands of Stone”, Roberto Duran, is  the second boxer in history to have fought in five different decades. He retired in 2002, when turning 50, holding world titles at four different weights categories including lightweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight.
In his total of 119 professional fights, he won 103, lost 16,  70 of which by knocking his opponent out.

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The greatest talents of Boxing (Part 1)

In this series, you will find the greatest talents to grace at boxing. The top 10 pound-for-pound boxers who have been remarkably good within the ring.

Boxing has nurtured many great talents over the years, both lightweight, welterweight, middleweight and even heavyweight. The best have been able to master the ring, and have the ability to put a knockout blowing any time to the opponent from the first to the last second.

Roy Jones Jr. (USA)

A modern day boxing legendary, Jones was called fighter of the decade in the 90s due to the ability to mainly box at middleweight or light heavyweight, and be an adept in both classes. In 2003, he was the first ever former middleweight who hold such title to win a heavyweight title within 106 years, showing his class at different weight categories.

He won 35 fights before his first loss, a disqualification, and 52 others before he was first defeated, against Antonio Tarver in their second of three bouts. He has been the ring for 56 times, with 52 wins, 38 of which he knocked his opponent out feast and lost only four matches.

He got a total of 30 title fights, there was time he held seven titles at once, including the IBA, IBF, IBO, NBA, WBA, WBC and WBF titles. He is also about to fight undefeated Joe Calazghe for the title of Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight belt.

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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.