For those of you that don't remember boxing used to be a major sport in the United States. In the 1980's and 90's boxing was at its best. You had a lot of well known fighters such as Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Iron Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and George Foreman. There were great fighters in all divions. Even here in Arizona we had a fighter from Phoenix who was a world champion and considered one of the best of his time. Michael 'Little Hands of Stone" Carbajal dominated the little weight and put Phoenix on the map as a boxing city.
The last 15 years or so haven't been so great for the world of boxing. Street fighting became UFC and many boxing fans jumped shipped and quickly made UFC more popular than boxing. There were many fans like myself that didn't buy in to the UFC hype, but the majority of boxing fans did and many people thought of boxing as a dying sport. There were a few guys such as Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd "money" Mayweather to say the least that stayed loyal to their sport. They kept training and kept boxing and because they didn't give up on boxing the sport is back.
That's right boxing is back! Most people just here of the major fights that usaully happen in May and September but what most people don't realize is that there is a great fight card televised evry weekend by either Showtime or HBO. Boxing is starting become a big money making sport again and it's not just because your big names such as Canelo Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao. Bernard Hopkins or even "Money" Mayweather. It's because of guys that have worked hard and made big names of themselves by winning when no one expected them to. Some of these fighter's are Adonis "Superman" Stevenson, Lucas Matthysse, Kieth "One Time" Thurman and Adrien "The Problem" Broner.
The rebirth of boxing was also made possible by the promoters. Top Rank and Golden Boy are the main promoters and there battle to put the best fights out is a major win for boxing fans of all ages. Here in Phoenix there are few promoters that are trying to put Arizona back on the boxing map. One of them is called Iron Boy Promotions. I have been to one of their fights and it was an awesome time. They continue to put together good cards and promote Arizona boxers all at the same time.
The only problem I have with boxing right now is that I'd love to see an Arizona born boxer make it big; Perhaps one day that will be Jesus "El Martillo" Gonzales. Boxing is finally making it's comeback and it may get even better if we ever get to see a Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight.