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History

Learn about the sport's long history -- from bareknuckles to pay-per-view.

Undefeated Records in Boxing
An undefeated record in boxing is undoubtedly impressive ... but it can also be misleading. We examine the careers of four modern fighters who retired having won every single fight of their professional career. All four have questions surrounding their undefeated marks ...

Boxers Who Also Played Other Pro Sports
List of professional boxers who also competed professionally in other sports.

Boxing Lineal Heavyweight Champions: 1876 - Present
Boxing Lineal Heavyweight Champions: 1876 - Present

Boxing Writers' Association of America Marvin Kohn Award
Boxing Writers' Association of America Marvin Kohn Good Guy Award

Boxing Writers' Association of America A.J. Liebling Award
Boxing Writers' Association of America A.J. Liebling Award for Outstanding Boxing Writing

Boxing Writers' Association of America Bill Crawford Courage Award
Boxing Writers' Association of America Bill Crawford Courage Award (formerly Perseverance Award)

Boxing Writers' Association of America James A. Farley Award
Boxing Writers' Association of America James A. Farley Award for Honesty and Integrity

Boxing Writers' Association of America - Muhammad Ali - Joe Frazier Award
Boxing Writers' Association of America Muhammad Ali - Joe Frazier Award (formerly the Harry Markson Award) for Fight of the Year

Ring Magazine's 100 Greatest Punchers
Ring Magazine ranks the 100 greatest punchers of all-time. Not unlike an all-time pound-for-pound ranking, this list compares fighters across different weight categories and different eras. Do you agree or disagree wth their rankings?

50 Greatest Boxers of All-Time
Listing of the 50 greatest boxers of all-time. What do you think of the list? What would you change? Who was left off? Who doesn't belong?

Boxers of the Past / Retired Fighters
Bios and fight-by-fight records of retired fighters and great boxers of the past.

Boxing Awards
Annual boxing awards from Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers' Association of America. Plus, list of all enshrinees at the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

An Illustrated History of Boxing
An Illustrated History of Boxing

Greatest Moments in Olympic Boxing History
Greatest Moments in Olympic Boxing History

Biggest Controversies in Olympic Boxing History
Biggest Controversies in Olympic Boxing History

Where Are Your Favorite Boxing Olympians Now?
As the Olympics approach, you may be wondering what happened to your favorite boxing stars of previous Olympic games. Where are they now?


101 Greatest Boxing Nicknames
Boxers tend to have the best nicknames in sports. Here are 101 of the greatest nicknames in boxing history.

Leon Spinks from 1976 Summer Olympics
Do you ever wonder what happened to Leon Spinks of Olympic Boxing fame? Find out where Leon Spinks is now.

Michael Spinks from 1976 Summer Olympics
Do you ever wonder what happened to Michael Spinks of Olympic Boxing fame? Find out where Michael Spinks is now.

Top Pay-Per-View Events in Boxing History
The Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather fight set numerous pay-per-view records. The Golden Boy is boxing's all-time highest grossing PPV attraction.

Top Live Gates in Boxing History
The liva gate of $19 million for Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather breaks the Nevada record of $16.8 million for the 1999 Lennox Lewis - Evander Holyfield bout (which still holds the record for live gate when adjusted for inflation).

Incredible Expanding Fighters
Boxers tend to gain weight over the course of their careers. James Toney is a prime example. Compare Toney's weight gain to other notable fighters whose weights have fluctuated widely during their ring careers.

Ring Magazine's 100 Greatest Punchers
In 2003, Ring Magazine published its ranking of the 100 greatest punchers of all-time. The list was selected by the writers or Ring Magazine.

2006 Fighter of the Year
Find out who was boxing's 2006 Fighter of the Year as selected by About.com Guide Andrew Eisele, plus vote for your choice.

Ring Magazine's 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years
In 2002, Ring Magazine published its ranking of the 80 best fighters of the last 80 years. The list was selected by the writers or Ring Magazine.

Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year.

Ring Magazine Fight of the Year
Ring Magazine Fight of the Year.

Ring Magazine Knockout of the Year
Ring Magazine Knockout of the Year.

Ring Magazine Event of the Year
Ring Magazine Event of the Year.

Ring Magazine Boxing Hall of Fame
Ring Magazine Boxing Hall of Fame.

Olympic Boxing Champions
Complete list of Gold medal winners in every weight class from every Olympics from 1904 to the present. From your About.com Boxing Guide.

U.S. Olympic Boxing Teams
Complete list of boxers who have represented the United States at every Olympics from 1904 to the present. From your About.com Boxing Guide.

Boxers of the Past
Bios and fight-by-fight records of great boxers of the past - from Muhammad Ali to Fritzie Zivic.

Boxing Awards / Hall of Fame
Winners of all the awards handed out annually by Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers' Association of America. Plus every member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. From your About.com Boxing Guide.

Bareknuckle Boxing in America - HickokSports.com
Ralph Hickok on the birth of American boxing.

Best of a Century
Monte Cox selects and profiles his fighter of the decade (and honorable mentions) for each decade this century.

Cyber Boxing Zone - Bareknuckle Champions
Bareknuckle champions of England dating back to 1719. Also American Bareknuckle Champions back to 1810. Some biographical info and fight-by-fight data is here as well.

Cyber Boxing Zone - Black Dynamite
Great resource with bios and fight-by-fight data on some of the boxing's greatest practitioners. Also some old-time 'white hopes' and assorted other old-timers and title-claimants.

Cyber Boxing Zone - Laws, Rules & Regulations
Everything from Broughton's Rules of 1743 to the Professional Boxing Safety Act of 1996.

Cyber Boxing Zone - Lineal Champions
Listing of every 'lineal' champion (with fight-by-fight records) in ever weight class during the Queensberry era, 1885 to date. Also selected other title claimants.

Early Boxing (to 1838) - HickokSports.com
Ralph Hickok chronicles the early days of boxing.

Fight of the Century
On March 8, 1971, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier met in the ring for the first time in a bout accurately billed as 'The Fight of the Century'. By Robert Cassidy, CBS SportsLine.com.

Hall of Fame trainers rate the greats
Gil Clancy, Angelo Dundee, Lou Duva and Emanuel Steward each list their choice for the best fighters, the best fighter that they ever worked with, the best boxing venue and the greatest fights that they worked the corner. Compiled by Robert Cassidy, CBS SportsLine.com.

Heavyweight Title Fights in New York
History of significant heavyweight title fights held in New York. From CBS SportsLine.com.

Heavyweight Quick Facts
Assorted facts and information on the history of the heavyweight title and the men who have held the sport's most prestigious championship belt. From CBS SportsLine.com.

International Boxing Hall of Fame
Info on the Canastota, New York museum, all its enshrinees, induction criteria, championship lineages, annual award winners and more.

Las Vegas' Largest Live Gates
Record live gates in Las Vegas boxing history. From CBS SportsLine.com.

Longest Reigns, Most Defenses
Most consecutive successful title defenses and longest uninterrupted title reigns for every weight division. From CBS SportsLine.com.

Longest Spans between Championship Bouts
Listing of the longest time spans between first and last championship bouts. From CBS SportsLine.com.

Madison Square Garden
Summary of the significant fights held in the long history of New York's various Madison Square Gardens. From CBS SportsLine.com.

Tales of the Tape
Tales of the tape for every heavyweight champion in history. From CBS SportsLine.com.

Welterweight Rivalries
A look back at some of the great rivalries in boxing's welterweight division. From CBS SportsLine.com.

Welterweight Wars
A look back at some of the greatest bouts in the history of the welterweight division. From CBS SportsLine.com.

50 Most Exciting Boxers of the Past 50 Years
Our list of the 50 Most Exciting Boxers of the Past 50 Years. This is not a pound-for-pound list. These are not necessarily the most talented or accomplished boxers, but the most crowd pleasing. The fighters who made every fight a must see fight.

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