What makes a boxer great are is activities out of the ring. When I was younger I did not have much respect for Muhammad Ali. Then years later I discovered who he really was. He was a very generous man and gave of himself often.
Boxers in development could make much of them selves by walking in his shoes.
No. MMA is taking over. Fastest growing sport in the world. Night Night to boxing.
lol I think you just want to argue to get your rocks off, what and when was the last boxing match you watched?
You're missing the point. An MMA contract in no way indicates great boxing skill, but great boxing skill would be one useful attribute in MMA.
Got it yet?
Is a boxer well versed in jiu jitsu or just boxing? Which is more limited, a boxer or an mma fighter? Most boxers that enter mma do believe their boxing will carry over and get knocked out or submitted very early because they believe their boxing is superior, hence they feel they don't need a ground game. Do you got it yet?
Prime Example: Kimbo Slice
I win, you lose. Accept it. lol
You're either still missing the point, ignoring the point, or trying to start a different conversation altogether.
The question was what makes a boxer great, and you said an MMA contract. That is clearly inaccurate since few if any top MMAers have good, let alone great, boxing skills. You may prefer MMA to boxing, you may find it more interesting, but that does not change the fact that your comment was inaccurate. If anything, the opposite of your claim is correct. A skilled boxer, judoka, wrestler, etc. can be trained to become a successful MMAer but so far the opposite has not proven true. It doesn't matter that you personally prefer apples to oranges.
I'll get in on this only once. Marinealways, you are saying that because MMA is coming into it's own, boxing will disappear. That's like saying that baseball and basketball will disappear because football is dominating the "ball" sports. Boxing is it's own discipline. I have competed in both and I can tell you that taking the MMA fighter's kicks and choke holds away so that it has to be a stand up battle, it becomes a much more challenging sport especially if you're not used to the rules. There's a place for both. And they are all sportsmen with heart. A contract doesnt make a great fighter, just a rich one. Although I train as a martial artist I have occasionally been bored to death by some of the MMA matches that just look like pathetic, albeit bloody, high school wrestling matches. (Two guys rolling around on the ground half naked with an occassional punch thrown here and there.) Again dont get me wrong, as a martial artist, I am stoked that MMA is making such a breakthrough! It's about time. And finally your humorous point wasnt really answering the kids question it was just being combative. He asked about boxing, not MMA. But I did get the joke...ha ha.
You didn't have to get so upset. lol I agree that both demand respect. If you have done MMA, you know there is an art to survive while rolling around on the ground. High school wrestlers don't get punched in the face and elbows. Legally anyways. Do you wish to argue that boxing matches aren't more boring than some mma matches? How many fights on boxing card compared to the number of fights on an mma card? Pay money for 2 or three fights or pay the same for 10 fights.
Heh, I wasn't upset. I might come off that way when making a point. And I've seen these online discussions go on for pages. Dont wish to argue at all. Anyway, we agree. So it's all good.
Well if he goes into the ring (the only square ring in the world) and knocks other people down a lot.
His talent, his ability to be the best in the game. Like anything really
His determination to be the best. And the hard work that goes with it.
Work ethic and personal conduct both in and out of the ring
The ability to be punched in the head repeatedly and stay upright is a useful attribute.
oooopppps shouldn't laugh. We had a boxer who lost consciousness after his fight and he had to be brought to the hospital for a quick surgery on his head .
What makes a great boxer? His discipline, hard work, concentration, belief in himself and belief in God (sorry Mark, couldn't resist ).
humility and level headedness makes a great fighter, dont underestimate your opponent,
His or her understanding of the sport, their opponent and their willingness to engage their opponent without putting themselves in harms way. Keeping the audience engaged helps too.
My answer is: Heart, courage, strength, speed, and skill. If you've never read the book "Rope Burns-Stories from the corner" By F.X. Toole you should pick it up. It will give you some perspective. Why the question Ironking? Are you competing?
I wonder how many of those who answered this question were talking about themselves.
The talent along with self discipline and a drive to overcome with a wee bit of luck. Intelligence also.
I think boxer's achievement and fame are interrelated. so guess both plays a vital role in making a boxer great!
a girl i work with teaches boxing to children. She has been explaining the world of boxing to me.... there is a lot more to it than i ever thought, still not for me though, i would be hopeless at it
A truly great boxer has determination, has the support of the audience, showmanship, good technique, increases the hype surrounding them well (like Ali did) and ultimately entertains.
Ali may not have been the best boxer in terms of technique but he will forever be the most known and loved as the greatest boxer because he fulfilled all of the above criteria
A great boxer is someone who has natural skill, a good work ethic and fights the best in the world.
I sort of put all together in a recent hub below:
But what makes a boxer great is a combination of his record, his boxing ability and talent, his accolades, his popularity and social/cultural significance.
His achievement. Look at Chad Dawson, he has great style, great work ethic, kind individual, family man, and the list goes on and on.... but is he famous? No not really. Is he a good solid boxer? Yes, with out a doubt. Many boxers can have fame, (ie Mike Tyson,Mayweather) but it is what they are made up of that makes them truly famous and great (Dawson,PacMan).
A combination of skill, speed, power, heart and the mental steel to turn around a bad situation. As well as a combination of other things, mainly their achievements and who they faced, no point in being undefeated if you fought no body (Samson Dutch Boy Gym) and no point fighting the best if you get outclassed every time (Julius Francis).
Mike Tyson....this man is god on earth....fantastic to watch.....
humility but never underestimate opponents like Manny Pacquiao
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