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On September 5, 1813, the USS Enterprise sighted and attacked the HMS Boxer. The Enterprise captured the Boxer.
The Enterprise, which had a crew of 102 and had 16 guns, was patrolling off Maine. On September 5th it spotted the HMS Boxer a British brig with 14 guns and 66 men off Pemaquid Point, Maine. Commanding the Enterprise was Lieutenant William Burrows. Captain Samuel Blythe commanded the Boxer.
Both captains resolved to fight to the finish. Captain Blythe went as far as to nail the flag toa foremast of the ship. As the ships closed both opened fire. In the initial exchange Captain Blyth was killed. A moment later Burrows was mortally wounded. Within 30 minutes the fight was over, the Boxer was in ruins. As the battle ended the dying Burrows was presented with Blyth's sword. He declined the sword saying, I am satisfied, I die contented.
The Enterprise brought the Boxer into Portland Maine. There a state funeral was held for both men who were buried side by side.
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Boxer Rebellion, officially supported peasant uprising of 1900 that attempted to drive all foreigners from China. “ Boxers” was a name that foreigners gave to a Chinese secret society known as the Yihequan (“Righteous and Harmonious Fists”). The group practiced certain boxing and calisthenic rituals in the belief that this made them invulnerable. It was thought to be an offshoot of the Eight Trigrams Society (Baguajiao), which had fomented rebellions against the Qing dynasty in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Their original aim was the destruction of the dynasty and also of the Westerners who had a privileged position in China.
What was the Boxer Rebellion?
The Boxer Rebellion was an uprising against foreigners that occurred in China about 1900, begun by peasants but eventually supported by the government. A Chinese secret society known as the Boxers embarked on a violent campaign to drive all foreigners from China. Several countries sent troops to halt the attacks. The troops captured Beijing in August 1900, and, after extensive discussions, the rebellion officially ended when the Boxer Protocol was signed on September 7, 1901.
Where did the Boxer Rebellion occur?
The Boxer Rebellion occurred in northern China.
Who was targeted by the Boxer Rebellion?
The Boxer Rebellion targeted foreigners first and foremost, Western missionaries in particular. It also targeted Chinese converts to Christianity, who drew ire for flouting traditional Chinese ceremonies and family relations.
Where did the Boxer Rebellion get its name?
The Boxer Rebellion’s name comes from that used by foreigners for members of the Chinese secret society Yihequan (“Righteous and Harmonious Fists”): they were called “Boxers” for their boxing and calisthenic rituals. The society’s original aim was to destroy the ruling Qing dynasty and privileged Westerners in China. Anti-foreign forces who won control of the Chinese government persuaded the Boxers to end their fight against the dynasty and join them to destroy foreigners.
How did the Boxer Rebellion end?
Although fighting largely ceased in the months following the August 1900 capture of Beijing by foreign troops, the Boxer Rebellion did not officially end until the signing of the Boxer Protocol on September 7, 1901, in Beijing. Signatories were China and the eight states that fought: Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Belgium, the Netherlands, and Spain were included in the protocol negotiations and also signed it.
In the late 19th century, because of growing economic impoverishment, a series of unfortunate natural calamities, and unbridled foreign aggression in the area, the Boxers began to increase their strength in the provinces of North China. In 1898 conservative, antiforeign forces won control of the Chinese government and persuaded the Boxers to drop their opposition to the Qing dynasty and unite with it in destroying the foreigners. The governor of the province of Shandong began to enroll Boxer bands as local militia groups, changing their name from Yihequan to Yihetuan (“Righteous and Harmonious Militia”), which sounded semiofficial. Many of the Qing officials at this time apparently began to believe that Boxer rituals actually did make them impervious to bullets, and, in spite of protests by the Western powers, they and Cixi, the ruling empress dowager, continued to encourage the group.
Christian missionary activities helped provoke the Boxers Christian converts flouted traditional Chinese ceremonies and family relations and missionaries pressured local officials to side with Christian converts—who were often from the lower classes of Chinese society—in local lawsuits and property disputes. By late 1899 the Boxers were openly attacking Chinese Christians and Western missionaries. By May 1900, Boxer bands were roaming the countryside around the capital at Beijing. Finally, in early June an international relief force of some 2,100 men was dispatched from the northern port of Tianjin to Beijing. On June 13 the empress dowager ordered imperial forces to block the advance of the foreign troops, and the small relief column was turned back. Meanwhile, in Beijing the Boxers burned churches and foreign residences and killed suspected Chinese Christians on sight. On June 17 the foreign powers seized the Dagu forts on the coast in order to restore access from Beijing to Tianjin. The next day the empress dowager ordered that all foreigners be killed. The German minister was murdered, and the other foreign ministers and their families and staff, together with hundreds of Chinese Christians, were besieged in their legation quarters and in the Roman Catholic cathedral in Beijing.
Imperial viceroys in the central Yangtze River (Chang Jiang) valley and in South China ignored government orders and suppressed antiforeign outbreaks in their jurisdiction. They thus helped establish the myth that the war was not the policy of the Chinese government but was a result of a native uprising in the northeast, the area to which the disorders were mainly confined.
An international force of some 19,000 troops was assembled, most of the soldiers coming from Japan and Russia but many also from Britain, the United States, France, Austria-Hungary, and Italy. On August 14, 1900, that force finally captured Beijing, relieving the foreigners and Christians besieged there since June 20. While foreign troops looted the capital, the empress dowager and her court fled westward to Xi’an in Shaanxi province, leaving behind a few imperial princes to conduct the negotiations. After extensive discussions, a protocol was finally signed in September 1901, ending the hostilities and providing for reparations to be made to the foreign powers.
Perhaps a total of up to 100,000 or more people died in the conflict, although estimates on casualties have varied widely. The great majority of those killed were civilians, including thousands of Chinese Christians and approximately 200 to 250 foreign nationals (mostly Christian missionaries). Some estimates cite about 3,000 military personnel killed in combat, the great bulk of them being Boxers and other Chinese fighters.
The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica This article was most recently revised and updated by Amy McKenna, Senior Editor.
The 15 Greatest Boxing Fights in History
Boxing is a sport of will, timing, and intelligence in the ring. Two athletes enter the arena knowing their ego and reputation could be cut-down swiftly by an expertly timed right hook, yet they take the risk anyway. We respect them because they put everything on the line to prove their worth and skills. It’s one of the most thrilling sports to watch, and sometimes two titans collide to put on a spectacular show that winds up being a classic bout.
There are plenty of amazing boxing matches that took place throughout the history of the sport, and many men have displayed the evolution of the sweet science with heart. After careful consideration and tons of shadowboxing while watching some of the most memorable bouts, we’ve put together a list of the greatest boxing fights in history for your enjoyment. Watching these particular fights will stir the fire in you to lace up some leather boxing gloves and find out what you’re capable of in the ring. At the very least, the fights will inspire you to excel in your current endeavor. Take a seat, grab a pen and notepad, and enjoy the very best matchups in the sport of boxing.
Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn
After defending his title against punching bags with limbs, Joe Louis ran into a fighter who would put up a real challenge. Conn was a talented pugilist with a cocky swagger who surrendered his lightweight heavyweight title to move up and fight Louis. The Irishman put up a great fight despite giving up 25 pounds, as he landed flurries and worked his jab with technical prowess. In the 12th round, Conn swung a left hook that landed flush on the champ’s chin, causing him to clinch so he wouldn’t hit the canvas. However, Louis, who is known as one of the best heavyweight finishers in the sport’s history, turned up the heat and sent Conn to the canvas to win the fight by knockout.
Date: June 18, 1941
Winner: Joe Louis (KO)
Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Jake La Motta
Nicknamed Raging Bull, Jake La Motta brought hell with him every time he stepped into the ring. His fights with Sugar Ray Robinson were epic, to say the least, but the most notable is the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Taking place at Chicago Stadium, the 15-round fight for the middleweight title. Both boxers put on quite a show, but it was Robinson who ended up victorious when he landed blood-gushing blows without pause in the 13th round. However, La Motta never went down from the shower of fists. La Motta said, “If the referee had held up another 30 more seconds, Sugar Ray [Robinson] would have collapsed from hitting me.” The Raging Bull was undeniably a beast among men, but so was Robinson.
Date: February 14, 1951
Winner: Sugar Ray Robinson (TKO)
Title: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman
At the time, Big George Foreman was the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world, and Muhammad Ali was coming in as the challenger with many believing Foreman would defeat the former champ. Ali utilized his rope-a-dope strategy to perfection, leaning on the ropes and covering up while Foreman threw shots at his arms and body, tiring himself out in the process. Most of Foreman’s punches were missing or deflected by Ali, and G.O.A.T sent straight punches to Foreman’s mug. Sapped of energy and sporting a bloated face, Foreman ate one too many crosses, looking worn-out by the fifth round. In classic Ali fashion, the legend taunted Foreman saying, “They told me you could punch, George!” Just before the end of the eight-round, Ali put Foreman down, ending the bout by knockout.
Date: October 29, 1974
Winner: Muhammad Ali (KO)
Title: The Rumble in the Jungle
Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier
After Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier each one a fight, the two entered a rubber match to complete the trilogy. Dubbed the “Thrilla in Manila,” the fight is one of the most praised displays of heart in any combat sport. The legacy-deciding fight pitted these to titans against each other one last time. No matter what Ali threw at Frazier, the machine kept coming, keeping his bullish style, taking control of the fight in the middle rounds. However, Ali poured his heart into the 13th and 14th rounds, burying Frazier in punches as if the world depended on it. Frazier’s trainer Eddie Futch put an end to the fight, allowing Ali to win by TKO. Futch told Frazier “No one will ever forget what you did here today.”
Date: October 1, 1975
Winner: Muhammad Ali (TKO)
Title: Thrilla in Manila
Roberto Duran vs. Sugar Ray Leonard
The roles of hero and villain were never as clear in boxing as they were with Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Duran. Leonard was the clean-cut boxing golden boy, and Duran was seen as a thug in and out of the ring. At the time, the fighters were considered the best in the world. The match was captivating because of their contrasting styles. Leonard was all finesse, and Duran came in as a brawler. Leonard went against his own style and tried standing his ground against “Hands of Stone” Duran, and he paid for it, as Duran swarmed him. Leonard started to work his counters in the fifth round, and the rest of the match was close. Most of the fight was a toe-to-toe affair, which is where Duran feels right at home, leading him to the victory.
Date: June 20, 1980
Winner: Roberto Duran (unanimous decision)
Title: The Brawl in Montreal
Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Cooney
A fight made extreme by overtly racial elements, the Larry Holmes and Gerry Cooney bout had plenty of tension surrounding it. Cooney, an Irish-American, was dubbed the “Great White Hope,” as he was featured on the cover of Time and had a phone installed in his dressing room so President Ronald Reagan could call him if he won the fight. On the other hand, champion Holmes did not get any special treatment. There was even a report that white supremacist groups had agents ready to shoot Holmes right when he entered the ring. Keeping his cool, Holmes schooled Cooney and delivered a barrage of blows in the thirteenth round, sending him to the canvas. Cooney’s trainer Victor Valle stopped the fight, realizing his athlete had nothing left to give.
Date: June 11, 1982
Winner: Larry Holmes (TKO)
Marvin Hagler vs Tommy Hearns
Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns were both tremendous boxers with monstrous power punches. As advertised, this fight was an all-out war between two heavy hitters. It only lasted three rounds, but delivered action every second, as both men saw red. Hagler’s savage blows managed to dismantle Hearns in the third round, dropping him to the floor. Although Hearns was able to get up and beat the count, the ref called the fight, leading to a TKO victory for Hagler. Hearns was beaten so badly, he had to e carried into the locker room.
“The War” was a bombs-away match that delivered the goods whether you’re a boxing fan or not.
Date: April 15, 1985
Winner: Marvin Hagler (TKO)
Title: The War
Mike Tyson vs. Trevor Berbick
In his prime, Mike Tyson was an absolute monster who destroyed everyone in the heavyweight division. Most of his fights were more like executions than actual challenges. Arguably his most memorable match is the one against Trevor Berbick. Berbick entered the ring as the current champ, but Tyson blasted him and never let up. A right to the body followed up by a left hook to the head dropped Berbick to the canvas in the second round. Berbick tried to muster up the strength to get up twice but ultimately collapsed. That day Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history. It was an even sweeter victory for Tyson since Berbick was the man to beat Muhammad Ali, who’s Tyson’s hero, into retirement.
Date: November 22, 1986
Winner: Mike Tyson (TKO)
Title: Judgement Day
Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Marvin Hagler
Sugar Ray Leonard decided to come out of a three-year retirement to fight Marvin Hagler at Caesars Palace with Hagler being the betting favorite. Although he’s a natural southpaw, Hagler gave Leonard a different look by opening the fight in an orthodox stance, yet later switched to southpaw after Leonard one the first couple of rounds. Leonard was slick, but Hagler landed his jab persistently, diffusing Leonard’s counter flurries. Both fighters turned in incredible performances, but Leonard won by split decision, which is hotly disputed to this day. Before this match took place, Hagler was on an 11-year undefeated streak. After the fight, Hagler claimed that Leonard said, “you beat me, man,” which Leonard denies.
Date: April 6, 1987
Winner: Sugar Ray Leonard (split decision)
Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks
Before this fight went down, Iron Mike Tyson and Michael Spinks were both undefeated, and each man had a claim to being the legitimate heavyweight champion of the world. Some experts said that Spinks’ awkward fighting style would perplex Tyson, but that wasn’t the case at all. Coming out in his now-iconic black trunks and black shoes with no socks, Tyson was ready to run through Spinks like a hot knife through butter. In 91 seconds, Tyson annihilated speaks, finishing off with a crisp left-right combination to the head, putting down Spinks for good. There were only 10 punches landed between the two boxers, and eight of them were from Tyson. The round was named Round of the Year in 1988 by Ring Magazine. If the world didn’t know already, Tyson solidified himself as the Baddest Man on the Planet and the authentic heavyweight champ of the world.
Date: June 27, 1988
Winner: Mike Tyson (KO)
Title: Once and For All
Riddick Bowe vs. Evander Holyfield
After scrapping the Tyson fight after Iron Mike’s incarceration, Evander Holyfield looked to then-undefeated Riddick Bowe. Holyfield had his hands full with Bowe who was the bigger, younger, and stronger fighter. Landing 53% of his shots, Bowe pounded away at Holyfield. However, Holyfield showed plenty of heart and initiated an onslaught of fiery fists, but it wasn’t enough to put Bowe away. The fight won both The Ring magazine’s Fight of the Year and Round of the Year for a brutal round 10 that saw both bulldogs scrap hard. They didn’t initiate much defense, throwing bombs for most of the fight like monsters in kill mode much to the enjoyment of fans across the globe.
Date: November 13, 1992
Winner: Riddick Bowe (split decision)
Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Pernell Whitaker
Simply dubbed “The Fight,” the contest between Julio Cesar Chavez and Pernell Whitaker was a display of boxing tenacity and slick defense. In two rounds, “Sweet Pea” Whitaker configured his defensive skills to counter Chavez’s aggressive offense. Working his beautiful southpaw jab, Whitaker punched Chavez clean whenever the Mexican icon tried to work his menacing left hook. Although many believed Whitaker took the fight, it ended up being scored a majority draw. Sports Illustrated featured a cover titled “Robbed!” to voice the opinion of the masses. Nevertheless, it was an amazing display of the sweet science.
Date: September 10, 1993
Winner: majority draw
Title: The Fight
Erik Morales vs. Marco Antonio Barrera
The first Erik Morales vs. Marco Antonio Barrera fight sparked a tremendous rivalry between two highly-skilled leather-fisted assassins. Televised on HBO’s Boxing After Dark program, this PPV-caliber fight didn’t cost anything extra for bringing audiences one of the best matches in history. Once the two men met in the center of the ring they exploded with haymakers and the action didn’t stop until the bell rang in the last round. For all the fists flying about, the only knockdown was delivered by Barrera, although Morales took the W. The controversial split decision led to two more bouts, making a boxing trilogy for the ages.
Date: February 19, 2000
Winner: Erik Morales (split decision)
Micky Ward vs. Arturo Gatti
An all-out war is the only way you can describe fights between Mick Ward and Arturo Gatti. In their first match in what would be a trilogy, they left it all on the floor, as each round was a true slugfest. It’s as if both of them watched the original Rocky film before the match and decided to throw defense out of the window, trading blows nonstop. They threw and ate some ferocious punches, leaving the fight bloodied and bruised. Ward ended up winning by majority decision, but the true winners were the fans in attendance that night.
Date: May 18, 2002
Winner: Micky Ward (majority decision)
Title: Ward v. Gatti I
Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao
As early as 2009, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao were rumored to have a super fight. It took them six years to finally agree on a deal, but it was well worth the wait, at least financially, sine the fight generated $410 million, making it the highest-grossing PPV in history. Granted, it wasn’t the best fight in the world, as the build-up to the match was more exciting. Pacquiao had his moments, and Mayweather initiated his airtight defense with precision, not allowing Pacquiao any clean punches. Money fought a safe fight against Pac-Man, showcasing his boxing IQ to diffuse the Filipino star’s aggression and speed.
Date: May 2, 2015
Winner: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (unanimous decision)
Title: Fight of the Century
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Boxing in the Ancient World
The art of boxing, whereby two men enter a contest to see who can withstand the most punches from the other, dates back at least as far as the earliest civilisations and is probably one of the oldest sports of its kind in the history of fighting.
Due to its simplicity, it can be speculated that even in the pre-civilized world, men would enter into such contest and over time it developed into a sport, with rudimentary rules and the use of equipment.
Boxing in the Earliest Civilisations
The earliest physical evidence portraying boxing comes from the first known civilisation, Samaria (modern day Iraq) where it is depicted on a number of carvings that are believed to have been produced in the third century BCE. Some equipment seems to already be in use at this time and while the fighters are bare fisted, they do have straps around their wrists that would have provided them with some support and protection for the small bones in the wrists and hands.
Bare knuckled boxing was also the norm in Egypt, as depicted on a sculpture from around 1350 BCE from Thebes (modern-day Luxor). It shows spectators watching three sets of fighters and what is interesting is that they seem to be performing for the pharaoh.
The earliest representation of boxing gloves in use comes from a Minoan fresco (pictured above) from Thera (modern-day Santorini) which is commonly known as the Boxing Boys and dates from around 1600 BCE. A vase from the same region depicts what seems to be pugilists wearing helmets as well as gloves and it is believed that they may well have been used extensively at that time.
There is some academic dispute on the purpose of the gloves however. While some scholars believe they were probably use as safety equipment for training purposes, others maintain that the shape of the gloves may suggest that their purpose was to cause more damage to the opponent, rather than act as cushioning for the bones in the hand of the one doing the punching.
Boxing in Ancient Greece
A form of boxing known as Pyx (meaning ‘with clenched fist’) was introduced to the Olympics in 688 BCE where opponents were only allowed to punch. Other forms of attack such as grappling, biting and gouging were prohibited though it is hotly debated in the academic world if kicking was allowed.
The object was to either knock out the opponent or force him to submit, which was indicated with a raised index finger. The fight would continue until a submission or knock out was achieved in this particularly vicious version of the sport, there were no rounds and participants could keep punching even if their opponent was knocked to the floor.
A soft dirt pit known as a skamma was used to fight in and a referee oversaw the battle, carrying a switch to whip any fighter that broke the rules or stepped out of line. While these contests were brutal affairs, a fighter would still need high levels of training, skill and courage to make it in the boxing scene of ancient Greece.
These contests seem to have been basically akin to bare knuckle boxing though in place of boxing gloves, their wrists and knuckles would often be wrapped in straps known as himantes, which were made from ox hide and were designed to protect the boxer’s hands.
After the fourth century BCE these were replaced with so called sharp thongs that served the same purpose and consisted of a thick strip of leather. Different fighters seemed to use these straps in different ways, some covering much of the hands while others just used them as support for the wrist.
While they were probably used mainly for protecting the boxer’s hand, when covering the knuckle, the leather would also cut into an opponent when he was hit causing far more damage than if they were hit from a fighter using the himantes, sometimes also called softer thongs. It is interesting to note that as with most sporting contests in ancient Greece, apart from these straps participants of Pyx would be completely naked.
The Roman Boxing Scene
In many ways the caestus was more like a knife than a boxing glove as it could actually stab and rupture a fighter. In his poem the Aeneid, Virgil references their brutal nature by mentioning that when a Sicilian fighter called Entellus wanted to wear a pair previously worn by his brother, they were still “stained with blood and splattered brains”.
These metal laden gloves were not necessarily compulsory however as can be seen from the same poem when Entellus’ opponent, Dares of Troy, refused to fight in them opting instead for lighter, padded gloves (depicted in the image below).
Unsurprisingly, boxing matches in Rome often ended in the death of the loser and while many Romans were willing participants, they were also fought between unwilling participants such as slaves.
As well as being a sport and a gladiatorial contest, it was also seen as a training method for soldiers in the Roman army though safety equipment would have been used in this case to prevent injury during training.
The boxing scene held an important role in Roman culture until in around 400 CE, Emperor Theodoric the Great banned it outright. As a Christian, he disapproved of the deaths and disfigurements it could cause, and of its use as a form of violent entertainment.
Many people consider the 50s the golden era of boxing. When you look at the sheer number of top fighters from the period, it makes sense. The fact that this was a time when all the top guys fought each other makes it a truly special period. There was hardly a compelling match that didn’t get made in the 1950s.
Where Boxing Stood in the 1950s
Boxing was a major sport in the 50s—competing with baseball as the most popular form of sporting entertainment at the time. The sport began to undergo major changes that continue to resonate today. Asians and South Americans started to fill prominent positions—giving the sport a distinctly international flavor. The continuing advances made in the area of aviation made it a truly global sport, as fighters could now easily cross oceans to pursue their championship dreams.
Boxing thrived in the 50s in spite of itself. Great fights and highly visible superstars made up for the severe corruption during this time. Always a sport filled with shady sorts, the 50s saw a spike in the mob’s influence of the sport. Gangsters Blinky Palermo and Frankie Carbo, in addition to omnipotent promoter Jim Norris, ran the game with an iron hand. More often than not, a fighter’s success was tied to his willingness to “go along” with the monkey business that was so prevalent at the time.
The sport has never truly been free from these corruptible influences, but during the 50s, there was a strong link between boxing and gambling, and therefore the Mob. Thrown fights and scandalous decisions were rampant—usually taking place at the behest of unscrupulous gamblers. At the time, gambling on sporting events was controlled by organized crime and they took a very “hands on” approach with their interests.
Boxing all over the world, but particularly in the United States is tied to economics. The more disadvantaged groups have typically provided the best boxers. As the complexion of the ghetto changes, so does the sport of boxing. The 1950s were the last era where a vast amount of Jewish, Irish, and Italian fighters truly thrived in the states. Latinos and African-Americans began to increasingly dominate the American boxing landscape.
The 50s introduced the beautiful partnership between boxing and television. Perhaps the best sport to watch on TV, boxing saw unprecedented exposure during this time. Regularly shown fights, such as the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports, allowed fans to watch their heroes for free. This was a crucial turning point in the history of boxing. Exponentially more people watched fights. It provided a steady stream of fans and revenue to a sport that previously thrived only as a live attraction.
There were no closed-circuit events at the time and no pay-per-view, enabling anyone with a TV to watch the best fighters in the world. Even contenders were household names. None of the junior divisions really made more a ripple during this period. There were essentially eight divisions with eight champions. It was clear-cut. Any 4 th grader could recite the names of all the champions.
With the advent of television, boxing was forced to begin moving away from its blatant monkey-business manner of operating. Millions of people were now watching. It’s a little easier to pull the wool over the eyes of a few thousand people in a smoky arena than it is to trick millions of fans that are so close to the action—they might as well be standing on the ring apron. The 50s by no means signaled the end of shenanigans. It’s just the last time where there was such a prevalent criminal culture—an almost accepted form of widespread chicanery in the sport.
Perhaps there were decades that can match the 50s in terms of excitement or greatness. There seems to be little dispute, however, that this was the most pivotal decade in the history of boxing.
7. Timothy Bradley vs. Ruslan Provodnikov
Last October Timothy Bradley beat Juan Manuel Marquez, demonstrating that he is an elite technical boxer. But last March, he was lucky to survive the "Siberian Rocky," Ruslan Provodnikov.
This fight was such a brutal war that both corners threatened their fighters with stopping the fight at different points. Provodnikov had Bradley almost out on his feet in both of the first two rounds.
Bradley somehow recovered and took control of most of the rest of the fight, busting Provodnikov's face up. But Provodnikov rallied late, nearly ending the fight in the last round.
This year has been one of the best in the history of the sport, full of tremendous fights. But Bradley vs. Provodnikov is my easy choice for fight of the year.
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Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman (October 1974)
Muhammed Ali was at the start of his career when he met George Foreman in 1974. Foreman was 25 at that time, and he was the undisputed and undefeated champion. A pillar of boxing, royalty in the Boxing world.
Coming into the fight Foreman was unbeaten and the envy of everyone who was into boxing. Finishing off both Ken Norton and Joe Frazier, he was clearly the favourite to win and take home the title. However, Ali came along with a strategy, sitting next to the rope, in what is called rope a dope’ in boxing. This process did indeed tire George Foreman, and Ali seized his chance when his opponent was indeed tired. Foreman was floored, KO’d by Muhammad Ali and ‘The Greatest’ was not the greatest anmore. Muhammed Ali kicked off his career that night, and became the legend that we all know him to be today.
14. Felix Trinidad – $30 million
Hailing from Puerto Rico we get Felix Trinidad who is a former professional boxer born on 10th January, 1973. During his career from 1990 to 2008, Felix cemented himself as being of the greatest boxers of all-time in his weight class. He started his career at the young age of 17 and won five national amateur Championships in Puerto Rico. As a professional boxer, Felix made his first impact in 1993 by defeating Maurice Blocker to win the IBF welterweight. His fans refer to him as ‘Tito’ and has been impressive throughout his boxing career especially after bagging various titles such as WBC, WBA, lineal lightweight, IBF light middleweight, and WBA middleweight. He defended the welterweight title for a record 15 times, and he is a record welterweight champion. He lost his first professional fight in 2001 against Bernard Hopkins. His net worth is $30 million.
Boxer Rebellion: 1900
In 1900, the Boxer movement spread to the Beijing area, where the Boxers killed Chinese Christians and Christian missionaries and destroyed churches and railroad stations and other property. On June 20, 1900, the Boxers began a siege of Beijing’s foreign legation district (where the official quarters of foreign diplomats were located.) The following day, Qing Empress Dowager Tzu’u Hzi (or Cixi, 1835-1908) declared a war on all foreign nations with diplomatic ties in China.
As the Western powers and Japan organized a multinational force to crush the rebellion, the siege stretched into weeks, and the diplomats, their families and guards suffered through hunger and degrading conditions as they fought to keep the Boxers at bay. By some estimates, several hundred foreigners and several thousand Chinese Christians were killed during this time. On August 14, after fighting its way through northern China, an international force of approximately 20,000 troops from eight nations (Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) arrived to take Beijing and rescue the foreigners and Chinese Christians.