Boxing

Boxing, one of the most vicious sports on the planet, has its roots deep down into several centuries. While it brings two individuals with gloves on to fight each other inside the ring, boxing is much more than that.

The "Sweet Science" has been through several transitions over the years. The first-ever recorded boxing fight took place in 1681 in the UK. While the sport always had people’s interests, it became sensational and global in no time. That said, boxing has never failed to set examples with its star athletes.

The sport has always produced household figures who have had a global impact. Professional boxing has four major sanctioning bodies - World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association, World Boxing Organization, and International Boxing Federation.

These four organizations have many pugilists on board. However, only a few turn themselves into superstars.

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Most Popular Boxers in History

It would be wrong to handpick a few boxers since boxing has witnessed several elites. But names like Muhammad Ali achieved legendary status. Ali was a successful boxer who could boast his larger-than-life character to the audience. He made boxing global, and the trail continued ahead.

Other than Ali, Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Floyd Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Evander Holyfield, Roberto Duran, and Sugar Ray Leonard are a few of the most successful boxers. 

Round by Round

Boxing bouts are hosted for a specific number of rounds. While 15 rounds were common in the early days, the number of rounds came down to 12. Additionally, several bouts are held under several guidelines and specific numbers.

4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 are the most common number of rounds we can see in modern-day boxing. That said, each person should have a pro boxing license to appear in a competition.

Boxing is one such sport that has always been dependent on its promoters and matchmakers. Some of the best boxing promoters of all time are Bob Arum, Don King, Frank Warren, and Eddie Hearn.

Results

Win, lose, draw, disqualification, and no contest are the only possible outcomes in a boxing fight. A win can arrive in several ways. While fans consider a stoppage as the most dominant form of win, it has three forms- RTD (Corner stoppage), KO (Knockout), and TKO (Technical Knockout)

If a fight goes to the judges’ scorecards, a win can either come via UD (Unanimous decision), MD (Majority decision), or SD (Split decision). A fight may be ruled a no-contest or disqualification because of a foul.

Boxing Schedule 2021

MAY

May 14: Murfreesboro, Tennessee (UFC Fight Pass)
Heather Hardy vs. Jessica Camara, 8 rounds, women's lightweights
Carina Moreno vs. Natalie Gonzalez, 8 rounds, women's strawweights
Melissa St. Vil vs. Olivia Gerula, 8 rounds, women's lightweights
Mikiah Kreps vs. Alex Love, 8 rounds, women's bantamweights
Tyler Tomlin vs. Tyrone Luckey, 8 rounds, junior welterweights
Stevie Jane Coleman vs. Kelsey Wickstrum, 6 rounds, women's welterweights

May 15: Carson, California (Showtime)
Title fight: Luis Nery vs. Brandon Figueroa, 12 rounds, for Nery's WBC junior featherweight title and Figueroa's WBA "regular" junior featherweight title
Danny Roman vs. Ricardo Espinoza Franco, 10 rounds, junior featherweights
Xavier Martinez vs. Juan Carlos Burgos, 10 rounds, junior lightweights
Jose Valenzuela vs. Nelson Hampton, 8 rounds, lightweights
Gabriela Fundora vs. Jazmin Valverde, 4 rounds, women's junior bantamweights
Justin Cardona vs. James De Herrera, 4 rounds, junior welterweights

May 15: Manchester, England (DAZN)
Joshua Buatsi vs. Daniel Blenda Dos Santos, 10 rounds, light heavyweights
Lerrone Richards vs. Giovanni De Carolis, 12 rounds, for the vacant European super-middleweight title
Tommy McCarthy vs. Alexandru Jur, 12 rounds, for McCarthy's European cruiserweight title
Gamal Yafai vs. Jason Cunningham, 12 rounds, for Yafai's European junior featherweight title
Dalton Smith vs. Lee Appleyard, 10 rounds, for the vacant Commonwealth junior welterweight title
Solomon Dacres vs. Mladen Manev, 4 rounds, heavyweights
Ellis Hopkins vs. Borislava Goranova, 4 rounds, women's junior middleweights

May 22: Las Vegas (ESPN, ESPN+)
Title fight: Jose Ramirez vs. Josh Taylor, 12 rounds, for Ramirez's WBC and WBO titles and Taylor's WBA and IBF titles
Jose Zepeda vs. Hank Lundy, 10 rounds, junior welterweights
Elvis Rodriguez vs. Kenneth Sims Jr., 8 rounds, junior welterweights
Louie Coria vs. Jose Enrique Vivas, 8 rounds, featherweights
Robeisy Ramirez vs. Juan Tapia, 8 rounds, featherweights
Andres Cortes vs. Eduardo Garza, 8 rounds, junior lightweights
Raymond Muratalla vs. Jose Luis Gallegos, 8 rounds, lightweights
Javier Martinez vs. Calvin Metcalf, 6 rounds, middleweights

May 29: Las Vegas (DAZN)
Title fight: Devin Haney vs. Jorge Linares, 12 rounds, for Haney's WBC lightweight title
Title Fight: Chantelle Cameron vs. Melissa Hernandez, 10 rounds, for Cameron's WBC women's junior welterweight title
Reshat Mati vs. TBA, 6 rounds, welterweights
Ramla Ali vs. TBA, 6 rounds, women's featherweights
Darren Cunningham vs. TBA, 6 rounds, junior featherweights

May 29: TBA (Showtime)
Title fight: Nordine Oubaali vs. Nonito Donaire, 12 rounds, for Oubaali's WBC bantamweight title
Subriel Matias vs. Batyrzhan Jukembayev, 12 rounds, IBF junior welterweight title eliminator

JUNE

June 5: London
Title fight: Daniel Dubois vs. Bogdan Dinu, 12 rounds, for the vacant WBA interim heavyweight title

June 6: Miami (Showtime PPV)
Exhibition: Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul, rounds 8
Title fight: Jean Pascal vs. Badou Jack, 12 rounds, for Pascal's WBA "regular" light heavyweight title
Jarrett Hurd vs. Luis Arias, 10 rounds, junior middleweights
Viddal Riley vs. Quintell Thompson, 6 rounds, cruiserweights
Adrian Benton vs. Pedro Angel Cruz, 4 rounds, lightweights
Micky Scala vs. Adam Ramirez, 4 rounds, junior middleweights
Dorian Khan vs. Jonathan Conde, 4 rounds, featherweights

June 12: Las Vegas (ESPN/ESPN+)
Title fight: Shakur Stevenson vs. Jeremiah Nakathila, 12 rounds, for the vacant WBO interim junior lightweight title
Jose Pedraza vs. Julian Rodriguez, 10 rounds, junior welterweights
Andrew Cancio vs. Tyler McCreary, 10 rounds, junior lightweights
John Bauza vs. Christon Edwards, 8 rounds, junior welterweights
Xander Zayas vs. Larry Fryers, 6 rounds, welterweights
Bryan Lua vs. Frevian Gonzalez, 6 rounds, lightweights
Troy Isley vs. LaQuan Evans, 4 rounds, middleweights

June 19: Las Vegas (ESPN and ESPN+)
Title fight: Naoya Inoue vs. Michael Dasmarinas, 12 rounds, for Inoue's IBF and WBA bantamweight titles
Title fight: Mikaela Mayer vs. Erica Farias, 10 rounds, for Mayer's WBO women's junior lightweight title
Adam Lopez vs. Isaac Dogboe, 10 rounds, featherweights

June 19: Miami (Triller PPV)
Title fight: Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jr., 12 rounds, for Lopez's WBO, WBA, and IBF lightweight titles
Title fight: Franchon Crews Dezurn vs. Elin Cederroos, 10 rounds, for Crews Dezurn's WBC and WBO women's super middleweight titles, and Cederroos' WBA and IBF women's super middleweight titles
Michael Hunter vs. Mike Wilson, 12 rounds, heavyweights
Andy Vences vs. Jono Carroll, 10 rounds, junior lightweights

June 19: Houston (Showtime)
Title fight: Jermall Charlo vs. Juan Macias Montiel, 12 rounds, for Charlo's WBC middleweight title
Kudratillo Abdukakhorov vs. Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo, 10 rounds, welterweights
Isaac Cruz Gonzalez vs. Francisco Vargas, 10 rounds, lightweights
Gabriel Maestre vs. Cody Crowley, 10 rounds, welterweights
Angelo Leo vs. Aaron Alameda, 10 rounds, junior featherweights

June 19: Jalisco, Mexico (PPV)
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Anderson Silva, 10 rounds, light heavyweights
Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. vs. Hector Camacho Jr., 6 rounds, middleweight exhibition
Omar Chavez vs. Ramon Alvarez, 10 rounds, middleweights
Damian Sosa vs. Abel Mina, 10 rounds, junior middleweights
Kevin Torres vs. Jorge Luis Melendez, 8 rounds, junior welterweights
Manuel Jaimes vs. Francisco Arturo Ramirez Martinez, 8 rounds, lightweights
Mario Alberto Ramirez vs. Pedro Castro, 8 rounds, featherweights
Erik Inzunza vs. TBA, 6 rounds, junior lightweights
Karen Rubio vs. TBA, 4 rounds, women's junior flyweights

June 19: El Paso, Texas (DAZN)
Jaime Munguia vs. Maciej Sulecki, 12 rounds, middleweights

June 26: Las Vegas (ESPN+)
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Masayoshi Nakatani, 12 rounds, lightweights

June 26: TBA (Showtime PPV)
Title fight: Mario Barrios vs. Gervonta Davis, 12 rounds, for Barrios' WBA "regular" junior welterweight title
Erickson Lubin vs. Jeison Rosario, 12 rounds, WBC junior middleweight title eliminator

JULY

July 3: TBA (Showtime)
Title fight: Chris Colbert vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa, 12 rounds, for Colbert's WBA interim junior lightweight title

July 17: TBA (Showtime)
Title fight: Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano, 12 rounds, for Charlo's IBF, WBC, and WBA junior middleweight titles and Castano's WBO junior middleweight title

July 17: Germany
Tina Rupprecht vs. Katia Gutierrez, 10 rounds, for Rupprecht' WBC women's strawweight title

AUGUST

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August 14: TBA (Showtime)
Title fight: John Riel Casimero vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux, 12 rounds, for Casimero's WBO bantamweight title

August 28: TBA (Showtime)
David Benavidez vs. Jose Uzcategui, 12 rounds, WBC super middleweight title eliminator

SEPTEMBER

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September 11: TBA (Showtime)
Title fight: Stephen Fulton vs. TBA, 12 rounds, for Fulton's WBO junior featherweight title