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Boxing in the United States
Boxing in the United States
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Boxing's origins began in the United States in 19th Century.[1][2] The United States became the center of professional boxing in the early 20th century.[3][4][5][6]

Professional boxing

The National Boxing Association was founded in 1921 and began to sanction title fights. John L. Sullivan was one the first heavyweight boxing champion of the world in the 20th Century.[7] He was defeated by James Corbett, often referred to as the father of modern boxing due to his innovative scientific technique, in 1892.[8]

Jack Johnson was the first African American heavyweight champion.[9]

In the 1960s and 1970s, Muhammad Ali became an iconic figure, transformed the role and image of the African American athlete in America by his embrace of racial pride, and transcended the sport by refusing to serve in the Vietnam War.[10] In the 1980s and 1990s, major boxers such as Mike Tyson and Riddick Bowe were marked by crime and self-destruction.[11]

Amateur boxing

USA Boxing is the governing board of amateur boxing in the United States.[12][13][14][15]

Women's Boxing

The first recorded women's boxing match in the United States occurred in New York in 1888, when Hattie Leslie beat Alice Leary in a brutal fight.[16]Barbara Buttrick was the first woman to appear on a televised boxing match. The Harford Democrat newspaper, Harford County, MD, of July 23, 1886 reported, "Two Amazons had a six-round Queensbury rules fight in Strawberry alley [in Havre de Grace, MD] rear of Red Store last night. Mrs. H. was knocked out on sixth round."

Women's boxing at a professional and amateur was rarely acknowledged until 1970's Cathy 'Cat' Davis , Marian "Tyger" Trimiar and Jackie Tonawanda were pioneers as they were the first women in the United States to get a license for boxing in the United States. Cathty Davis was the female boxer to appear on the cover of Ring Magazine. [17][18][19]

In the 1990s, Women's boxing had a brief period of popularity due to likes of Christy Martin and Laila Ali.[20] But early into 2000's, the sport fell back to relative obscurity due to lack of promotion, television exposure and poor matchmaking.[21] Many female professional boxers in the United States struggle to make a viable living due to lack of finical opportunities and promotional opportunities.[22][23][24] In 2012, interest in women's boxing was revived when women where allowed to compete in boxing at the Olympic games for the first time.[25]

It has since lost out popularity to Women's MMA due to better finical opportunities from organistation such as the UFC.[20][26][27]

Present day

Since the late 1990s boxing, has declined in popularity for a myriad of factors such as more sports entertainment options and combat alternatives such as MMA's UFC amongst a younger demographic.[28][29][30] Lack of mainstream coverage in newspapers and access on major television networks.[31] Also the lack of a US Heavyweight world champion.[32][33]

It was hoped in 2015 that the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight would re-invigorate interest in the sport in the United States but because the fight was disappointing it was perceived as doing further harm to the image of the sport in the United States.[34][22][35]


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  21. ^ " BOXING - Women's boxing becoming a real joke". Retrieved . 
  22. ^ a b Brown, Sarah (2014-05-13). "Against the Ropes". Retrieved . 
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  27. ^ "Examining the Growth and Popularity of Women's Mixed Martial Arts". Bleacher Report. Retrieved . 
  28. ^ "Will McGregor v Mayweather save American boxing - or bury it?". 19 August 2017. Retrieved 2017 – via The Guardian. 
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  31. ^ "Boxing Is a Brutal, Fading Sport. Could Football Be Next?". The New York Times. 9 November 2015. 
  32. ^ NJM. "Why Boxing Is Becoming Less Relevent [sic] In America". Bleacher Report. 
  33. ^ Espinoza, Jose. "Is Boxing Broken Beyond Repair?". Askmen. 
  34. ^ "Boxing and horse racing aren't coming back (but they won't go away)". 6 May 2015. 
  35. ^ Connor, Patrick (12 May 2015). "Mayweather-Pacquiao is over and boxing is dead, again" – via The Guardian. 

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