Why Is Boxing Popular? Over 50 million people watched the Mayweather Vs. McGregor fight in August 2017. Maybe you were one of them. After the record high numbers came in, many media outlets wondered where it all began. In part, it was probably due to good advertising. Not to mention the fact that this was not Mayweather’s first match. Die-hard followers tuned in from around the world. Perhaps it was also because of the underdog story with McGregor, a champion fighter from a similar but different sport. Boxing itself can trace its roots back to the first Olympic games, but what exactly makes the modern day version so popular?
Celebrities have made their particular sports attachments very public over the years. Stars like J. Lo, The Osbournes, P. Diddy, and Bruce Willis were all in attendance at the fight. Their exposure and influence brought boxing a lot of attention on its own which helped to keep Boxing popular. However, it isn’t the sole reason boxing has garnered a lot of recognition.
The sport leans to the idea of a “best” fighter. Mayweather’s own successful record puts him on the pedestal of other legendaries like Ali. And who doesn’t strive to be the best, the most renowned? Not to mention it’s relatively straightforward to watch. Unlike some sports that have a lot of technical maneuvers and penalties, boxing is a bit more simple. Especially when one of the opponents gets knocked out.
And if you’ve ever been to a live boxing match, you know just how exciting and energetic they can get, even as a spectator. The blood, sweat, and power behind each fighter is unbelievable. Certainly, this sport has improved with age.
But beyond all of the face-value reasons as to why is boxing popular, there are other things contributing. Boxing has, and always will be, a sport. The fitness benefits alone make this one of the most difficult and intensive sports to participate in. If you’ve seen the type of regimens each fighter goes through before match day, you’ll agree.
It isn’t for the faint of heart, but it is a sport for both men and women. Something other sports are slow to adapt to. Boxing also has no limitations beyond national borders. It is more of an “individual” sport so anyone can fight anyone, as the Mayweather/McGregor and even Mayweather/Pacquiao fights showed.
Utah Boxing at Legends
The Utah boxing scene is small but has a lot of support. Legends has hosted several Fight Nights that has brought thousands of people out to cheer on their friends, family, bosses, and co-workers. The next one, Police Vs. Fire is set for November and is sure to be a great way to round out the year. If you’re interested in coming, you can find more information at https://utahboxing.net/buy-tickets/. Be sure to also check out one of our locations for fitness boxing and training alike with a coach who has competed and won on regional and national levels.