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America’s Infatuation With Boxing

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It is indisputable that we American’s love the sport of boxing. The increase in the number of viewers of televised boxing matches testifies to this fact. The adrenaline definitely gets pumping when two guys step into the ring clad in their boxing shorts and scientifically designed boxing gloves. While there are some critics who claim that the sport has suffered lately due to the fact that there does not seem to be a clear champion, many are still eager to watch the action. Another indicator of the popularity of this age-old sport is the number of Hollywood movies that have centered around this activity. Most everyone is familiar with all the Sylvester Stallone, “Rocky” films that were very successful box office draws. The 1980’s classic, Raging Bull, remains on the list of all time greats. “Cinderella Man” and “Million Dollar Baby” were both hugely successful films that depicted the lives of boxers to the delight of many thousands of movie-goers. More recently, Americans flocked to the theaters to watch “The Fighter” with Mark Wahlberg. It does appear that there is an unquenchable thirst for boxing on the part of the public. Interestingly enough, it doesn’t even have to always involve actual humans that are supplying the action. A recent release called “Real Steel and starring Hugh Jackman is centered around high-tech robots who are the heroes and champions of the boxing world. While various nay-sayers claim that the sport of boxing is on the decline, many would heartily disagree with that sentiment. This sport which has attracted participants and viewers in some form for centuries is likely going to be around for a very long time.