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The History of Boxing – The Sweet Science

The Early Eras of the Sweet Science Decade by Decade History
In-Depth Sections & Features on the History of Boxing

Hundreds of the Best Boxers Ever

Best Boxing Books

Best Boxing Movies

Best of a Nation Series

Weight Division History

All-Time Best by Division

Fantasy Fights

Muhammad Ali Career Timeline

Muhammad Ali Facts & Trivia
Historical Fighter Profiles, Classic Fights & Feature Columns

The Legacy of Bruce Lee

Analysis: Judging Boxing Historically

How Cocaine Shaped the Boxing Landscape

Resto vs. Collins: Sweet Science turned Sour

Larry Holmes: The Underappreciated Genius

The Legendary Archie Moore

RIP Smokin Joe Frazier

Questions Still Surround Arturo Gatti’s Death

In Remembrance of Alexis Arguello

Genaro Hernandez: A Class Act

RIP Angelo Dundee

Sam Langford: King Without a Crown

Focus on the Fabulous Four of the 80s: Hearns
Hagler

Head to Head stats: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran

Examining Boxing, Weightlifting & Sports Science
Analyzing the size of Modern Heavyweights

What if Salvador Sanchez Had Lived?
| P2 | P3 | P4 | P5 | P6

Is Bernard Hopkins the GOAT?

Don’t Close the Book: Changing Legacies of Jones & Hopkins

Pacquiao-Marquez Modern Day Saddler-Pep

Comparing Pacquiao’s Titles to Historical Records

What Does 8-Division Champion Really Mean?

Best of British Boxing
Best British fights

Celebrating 60 Years Since Marciano’s Title Win

LaMotta-Cerdan II: What might have been

Tony Galento’s 3 Fights in 1 Night

3 Real Life Joe Louis Opponents in On the Waterfront

Lazlo Papp: 3-Time Gold Medalist, but Not a Champion

Zora Folley’s Mysterious Death

George Chuvalo: As Tough as They Come

10 Year Look Back at Tyson-Lewis: Guess who on the undercard?

—> Read all of our latest boxing history articles!

Top 5 & Top 10 Boxing History Columns

Top Heavyweights of the 1930s

Top Heavyweights of the Marciano Era

Top Heavyweights of the Patterson-Liston Era

5 Best Heavyweights of the 1990s

5 Toughest Victories in History

Top 5 Heavyweight Title Upsets

5 More Huge Heavyweight Title Upsets

5 Good Boxers with a Bad Rap

5 of the Best Chins in History

Top 5 Fighters With Less than 50 Fights

Top Boxers Who Should & Shouldn’t Be in the HOF

4 Fighters with Unbelievable Career Endings

Top 10 Welterweights of the 1990s

Top 10 African American boxers since 1990

Top 10 Mexican boxers of the last 20 years

10 Best Jewish Fighters of the last 40 years

Top 10 British fighters of the modern era

5 of the Worst Decisions in History

Top 5 Oscar De La Hoya Fights

Farhood’s Top 10 Super Middleweight Fights

Angelo Dundee’s Top 5 Fights

Top 5 Middleweights of the 1950s

Top 5 Welsh boxing performances ever

10 Boxers with the Craziest Win-Loss Records

Top 5 Recent Fighters You Had to Hate

Top 5 Forgotten Champions in Recent History

5 Best Quadrilogies in History

—> See all of our latest top 5 & top 10 boxing lists!


Boxing’s history is as rich and storied as any sport or competition that has ever existed throughout the world. When compared to many other sports, the history of boxing is not only lengthier, but even more prominent, while also being interwoven with culture, society and the people that inhabited it to a much higher degree. Today, it might seem funny to think about boxing as the biggest sport in the country, or that the best fighter in the world would also be the country’s biggest celebrity, but these things and more were true of the sport at various points over the past 100 years.

The history of boxing dates back thousands of years, to the ancient Greeks at least, and extends upwards through its illegal days of bare-knuckle brawls lasting dozens of rounds and the thriving British underground scene, to the introduction of the Marquess of Queensberry rules, the transformation of the sport to its modern form, its reign over the American sporting and entertainment kingdom, and its more niche role in today’s sporting scene in the USA, with various hot-pockets of interest throughout the world.

Consider this your launching pad into boxing history, taking you through the ups and downs, biggest fighters and fights, and all of the rest of the juicy details of the history of boxing, the sweet science.

In addition to all of the boxing history articles covering eras of the sport in detail, what you’ll also find on these pages is a collection of other articles, lists and columns pertaining to the sport and its past. So you’ll find fantasy fights comparing boxing legends to modern day fighters, top 5 and top 10 lists about the best fighters of certain periods and weight classes, and many other interesting columns about everything revolving around the history of boxing.

So whether you want to fine-tune your knowledge of boxing history a bit, you want to relive the glory days, learn more about the sport’s roots or anything else, view the above articles to dive into the history of boxing. We’ll be adding more pages, eras and information as time goes on, and if you have any questions or requests for boxing historical information or anything else related to the history of boxing, just let us know!

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  1. Dear Sir/Madam

    I am about to publish a book titled “Famous Pugilists of the English Prize Ring 1719-1870″ which I hope will be out in a few months. It will contain an illustration (head and shoulders) of most of the pugilists their life story and recorded ring record. About 90 fighters are described, all of the Heavyweight Champions of England from Figg to Wormald, and the most prominent boxers of the lighter weights, about 90 fighters n all in a paperback book of about 200 pages of 9″ X 6”. The price will have to be dicussed with the publisher, however it should cost around £10-£14 or 12 euros of just under 16 dollars. If you would be interested in purchasing a copy (s) please email me as I would like an idea of how many to order from the publishers. Thank you.

    Regards

    Michael Hill

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