Whatever happened to boxing? Remember when it used to be a great sport? When being heavyweight champion really meant something? Back in the day, guys like Jack Dempsey and Rocky Marciano were more famous than the president, and made a lot more money, too. And people make a
b id deal that baseball was integrated in 1947. Well, boxing was integrated way back in 1910, when Jack Johnson became heavyweight champ.
So, whatever happened to it? I couldn’t tll you who
today’s heavyweight champ is, if there even is one. The sport has just gone to pieces, replaced by something called “Ultimate fighting”, whatever that is. I don’t know any of these guys, either, and I don’t really care.
So, let’s bring back boxing. Clean it up and get rid of the corruption. Make it great again. It always was a great way for minorites to rise to the top. Tough young Irishmen and Italians and later, blacks and Mexicans could come out of places like the Bronx, Pittsburgh, Chicago, whatever, and become hometown heroes. It’s an honest sport, and tough. You have to train like a mother to get in shape, and have the heart of a lion to stay in the ring for 15 rounds with a guy who wants to knock your block off. I’ve tried it myself, and it IS hard. The pros make it look easy, but after just one 3 minute round I was totally wiped out. It’s great cardio and strength training. Teaches hand-eye coordination. Teaches kids self defense and self confidence.
So, yeah, let’s bring back boxing!