A:As of March 2014, Wladimir Klitschko is the current heavyweight boxing champion. The Ukrainian fighter currently holds the top spot in both the WBO and IBF rankings and has held at least a piece of the top spot since he first claimed the IBF title in 2006.
A:The average professional heavy weight boxer hits at between 1,200 to 1,700 pounds per square inch, or psi. Legendary boxer Mike Tyson had a punch that was measured at 1,800 psi, or almost one ton of force per square inch.
A:According to The Houston Chronicle, boxing is a good form of cardiovascular exercise. Boxing also requires flexibility training, which alleviates stress in the neck muscles. There are also risks when boxing including head injuries, fractured noses and lacerations.
A:The number of mandatory rounds is established by the World Boxing Federation based on the type of contest; world title and intercontinental title bouts consist of 12 rounds while international and regional title bouts are made up of 10 rounds. There are two fewer rounds in female boxing matches.
A:As of May 2015, Manny Pacquiao has lost to Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley, Erik Morales, Medgoen Singsurat, Rustico Torrecampo and most recently, Floyd Mayweather. Pacquiao lost to Mayweather on May 2, 2015 by unanimous decision.
A:Although the origins of the sport date back to prehistoric times, the earliest evidence of boxing comes from Egypt and Mesopotamia. The first recorded reference of a "prizefight" is in Homer's Greek epic "The Iliad."
A:Wrapping hands for boxing requires a pair of semi-elastic handwraps, which should ideally be around 180 inches, although those with smaller hands may be able to use smaller wraps. To start, take one end of the wrap and tie a loop in it, then place this loop over the thumb.
A:Advantages of boxing include stress relief and an improved self-image, while the main disadvantage is a potentially higher risk of brain damage. It is thought that heavy blows inflicted upon the head and brain could be a precursor to certain diseases.
A:While a small number of professional boxers like Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao can expect to earn seven figure purses from pay-per-view fights, the overwhelming majority of boxers make very little money. Between small purses and high costs, boxing is not a lucrative sport for most of its practitioners.
A:Two of the greatest boxers of all time who were active in the 1920s were Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney. Other noteworthy pugilists of the time include Panama Al Brown, Harry Greb, Benny Leonard and Jimmy Wilde.
A:Depending on the level of the boxing match, such as a title match, the best places to find the results from it are sports websites like ESPN. Newspapers and newspaper websites are also good sources for boxing match results, especially local newspapers for matches that occurred in nearby towns.
A:Spike.com and ESPN.go.com allow users to stream free boxing fights. Most videos are recent boxing fights broadcast on the networks. As of 2015, HBO and Showtime have exclusive rights to most boxing fights and have shut down any websites illegally streaming fights. Both networks have also filed lawsuits against piracy websites that stream free boxing matches. HBO and Showtime do allow users to watch their exclusive boxing fights, but users must have paid subscriptions.