The WBA, WBC, IBF and the WBO or "Alphabet Soup" as the acronyms have come to be termed, would be considered the 4 major cornerstones of all the Sanctioning bodies out there, the WBA being the oldest. All are international and all have mottoes or slogans that claim or suggest they are unbiased, honest and for the fighter and the betterment of the sport of boxing.
UFC Fight Night 156 from Uruguay was definitely a card worth looking at given the names that were on the card, and while some of those names were unrecognizable due to their "rookie" status within the UFC, there was definitely potential for a strong night.
The journey towards greater political correctness is one I generally support. You don’t get to be racist or sexist anymore? How sad for you.
If you're like me, there's a small handful of names that can make you really want to see a UFC event. Robbie Lawler is definitely one of those names.
Just when you thought Brock Lesnar's defeat to Seth Rollins at Wrestlemania was the end of the Beast, he rears his ugly head with his advocate Paul Heyman leading the charge. Brock will go down in history as quite possibly the worst champion of all time. I'm ballistic at best at the thought of him having another championship reign. I mean what is the WWE thinking and why do the powers that be think that another Lesnar title reign is the way to go?
This is an appeal to the head. The brain. That most sacred of bodily organs. The heart is but a glorious and glorified pump. That’s it. The cessation of all forms of boxing should go into effect immediately. With the death of the second fighter in one week, Dinamita had his life taken away from him all because of “sport.” After sustaining devastating blows to the head, the pugilist began to bleed from the nose. Hours later, he was dead. And this is what is called a sport of agility and discipline? The tally sheet of deaths by way of moving around the square ring paints a picture of just how cruel the activity can be.
I know many of you are aware of the bloody spectacle that was the gladiator matches. You are also probably aware of how the "Christian" Emperor Theodosius I had the games banned after imposing Christianity as a state religion and thus continuing the genocide of non-Christians.
End boxing now. Non-professional, semi-pro, professional. All of it should be banned. The death of boxer Maxim Dadashev is just another example of why this brutal “sport” should be retired forever. Like the death of Johnny Owen almost four decades ago, and so many others, Dadashev suffered a brain injury that caused his death days after his fight against Subriel Matias. This vicious activity is just legalized killing in some instances. The harshness that is inherent in pugilism is a sign that our brutish nature craves the jabs, hooks, and uppercuts that strike against these figures. It’s the entertainment and business that drives the fights. Money is not the root of all evil. And the love of it certainly isn’t either. So, to blame the dollar would be an error.
Professional boxing has often had the reputation of being a dirty sport. Movies like Requiem For A Heavyweight (1962) and The Harder They Fall (1956) have depicted questionable practices in the sport. They were not far off the mark. Unfortunately, some amateur boxing programs are guilty of indulging in the same practices. This should not be so.
Who would win in a fight? It's a conversation we've all had at one point in time or another. A heavyweight boxer against a judo master? An Olympic wrestler versus a Brazilian Jujitsu fighter? Obama in a cage match with Mitt Romney? Batman versus Superman? We want the answers to these questions.
Anyone who's ever watched a fight knows how impressive a one-shot knockout can be. And anyone who's ever actually been in a fight knows that it's a lot harder to pull off than it looks in the movies. The secret to the one-punch knockout isn't really a secret though; it simply requires a basic understanding of your opponent's body and how you can take advantage of its inherent weaknesses. In short, the perfect knockout punch has almost nothing to do with size and strength and everything to do with technique and precision.
When a game happens in most sports, we don't go in 100% of the time expecting for the same team to win. We hope for a good game. If baseball gave us the Yankees vs Red Sox every year, there wouldn't be as many baseball fans as usual. If basketball gave us the Celtics vs the Lakers every year, only Celtic and Lakers' fans would watch the playoffs. There'd be no point in enjoying that sport. Which brings me to the sport of boxing. For some reason, the casual fan, for years, grew too dependent on "the big fight" to happen, the main example today being Joshua vs Wilder in the heavyweight division. Joshua took a loss to Andy Ruiz. The boxing world and the once-thought-dead division now has a fire lit underneath them; another contender is in the mix. For close to a decade, the only name that mattered was Klitschko. At one point, that name was so big, the biggest fantasy fight in the heavyweight division was Klitschko vs Klitschko. In 2019, top names in the heavyweight division now consist of Wilder, Fury, Ruiz, Joshua, Whyte, Ortiz, Parker, Joyce and rising prospects like Daniel Dubois. For some reason though, the Ruiz win was met with criticism from the casual side. When words like "disgrace" and the continuous body shaming are being used first, instead of looking at the fact that a fighter with over 105 amateur victories just became the first heavyweight champion of his ethnicity, you have to acknowledge the lack of respect and knowledge for the sport that the individual has. Hopefully, this article can get more people to look into the rich history of boxing first, rather than be a cheerleader to only two mainstream names.