George Foreman once said that Boxing is the sport that all other sports aspire to. What did he mean by that? How many times have you heard a sports commentator, when describing the action in another sport, say “It’s like a Heavyweight Championship Fight!”. They only say that when the competition is particularly intense, when each team is playing at their best, giving their all, the game is on the line, the excitement is at fever-pitch, no one knows what will happen next, and the crowd is in an uproar. It is those moments that make sports great, that everyone, fans and players alike, remember for the rest of their lives. “It was like a Championship Fight!” they tell their children and grandchildren.That’s why Boxing is the sport that all other sports aspire to. Nothing is more exciting than Boxing, and nothing can compare to Boxing. To paraphrase another Great American, General George S. Patton - “Compared to Boxing, all other sports shrink to insignificance”.But Boxing is more than that, far more. Boxing is bigger than sports. Boxing is part of the evolution of humankind. Humans have been competing and fighting over things since before they were human. Fighting is part of what makes us human. It is part of our genetic endowment.
Boxing is that same natural instinct refined to a higher level, to a level that is in accordance with other of our natural instincts, those of decency, justice, and fair-play.
And yet Boxing is even more than that!
Every living species compete and fight in their own individual, unique way. Many animals spar, just like Boxers spar. Deer spar every year during the rutting season. The winner takes possession of that space; the loser heads on down the road, stronger, smarter, and better from the experience, to fight again. Rarely do they fight to the death.
Before Boxing, and before there were laws, men would often kill one anther over property, women, and many other resons, but as we became more civilised,