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Professional Boxing

Chuck Horton has been training boxers since 1994; currently, he has a plethora of boxers that are stars in the professional ranks. Professional boxing started to become popular in the 20th century, gaining legitimacy and becoming a sanctioned sport. Before the 1900s, boxing was mainly viewed as an underground activity that was extremely dangerous and involved illegal gambling. Today, bouts are supervised by a sanctioning body which establishes the rules, assigns judges and referees, and awards championship belts.

Professional boxing is drastically different from amateur boxing; bouts are much longer, protective headgear is prohibited and boxers are permitted to take more punishment before a fight is stopped.

The early history of modern-day boxing is credited to the National Sporting Club located in London, England. The NSC took the regulations established in the Queensberry Rules and created nine additional rules. They outlined more clearly the roles of officials as well as providing a systematic way to score the bouts.

In the early days of boxing of American boxing, Jack Dempsey was the most recognized figure. From 1919 to 1926, Dempsey held the World Heavyweight Championship belt; it wasn’t until 1920 that the National Boxing Association began to sanction title fights. In the 1930s the New York State Athletic Commission became a central figure in organizing some of the most famous fights of the era. Max Schmeling, Max Baer, James “Cinderella Man” Braddock and Joe Louis all competed under the wing of the athletic commission.

During World War II, boxing struggled; however, the sport came back strong after the war was over. Boxers such as Willie Pep and Sugar Ray Robinson emerged. Boxing truly took off, however, with the arrival of the 1960s; Sonny Liston and Muhammad Ali captured the American audience’s attention. When Ali returned to the ring in 1971 to fight Joe Frazier, the golden age of boxing was born. They were joined by the likes of George Foreman and Carlos Monzón.

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