I love boxing. As early as I can remember I was fascinated with professional boxing. Football, baseball, soccer or basketball can’t hold a candle to boxing in my opinion. I think part of my love for the sport is being exposed to it as early as I can remember (age 4 or 5). I am a child of the 70’s so I remember the heavy weight bouts and the famous names associated with them:
- Muhammad Ali
- George Foreman
- Joe Frazier
- Larry Holmes
- Ken Norton
Just to name a few. On the television it looks easy, but it is amazing and fascinating how the athletes work hard to play offense and defense. Build points as well as protect their own chins. Knock outs were never easy to watch and for many, their coaches and fight promoters were just as flamboyant as the boxer himself (can you say Don King).
I recall being allowed to stay up late to watch the famous bouts that were never short of excitement. The footwork, the knock outs, the 10 counts, jab, hook, uppercut, “get off the ropes”……I get excited all over again just thinking about it.
I am still a boxing fan to this day even though I have never attended a live boxing match in Las Vegas, Atlantic City or anywhere but I remain an avid fan. Women have not left this sport just to men. There are some awesome women in the game near past and present. Let’s run’em down:
- Laila Ali
- Christy Martin
As you can see my list of female boxers is much shorter and that’s because I rarely watch a women’s boxing match. But no worries, I have a “Women Who Box” series spinning up very soon of some current female boxers who are making it happen as athletes and showing how women can showcase their power in this amazing sport. Stay tuned for that and even subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss it. J