From Kids Who Box
Fun Facts: From Kids Who Box
Evander Holyfield - began his boxing training when he was 8 years old and weighed 65 pounds. He went on to become an Olympic medalist and four-time world heavyweight champion.
Archie Moore holds the record for most knockouts during a career - 141.
Boxing as a sport dates back to ancient Greeks.
The Greek god, Apollo, was regarded as the inventor and guardian of the sport of boxing.
Boxing was made part of the ancient Olympic games in Greece as early as 688 BC.
The first winner in boxing in the ancient Greek Olympic games was Onomastos Smyrnaios.
Pugilism is another word for boxing.
Amateur boxing became an official sport of the Summer Olympics in 1904.
John L. Sullivan fought in a bare-knuckle boxing match that lasted 75 rounds before he won.
George Forman was a 2-time heavyweight champion but has made more money selling his grills than for his boxing career.
Liam Neeson was an Irish amateur boxing champion, a forklift driver for Guinness and dropped out of a degree in computer Science all before the age of 25.
3. As a child Muhammad Ali was refused an autograph by his boxing idol, Sugar Ray Robinson. When Ali became a prizefighter, he vowed never to deny an autograph request, which he honored throughout his career.
Julio César Chávez from Mexico won his first 87 boxing matches and wasn’t ever knocked down until his 91st fight.
He wound up winning 108 matches in his career.
Canadian Boxer George Chuvalo never once got knocked down or knocked out in a fight despite fighting some of the greatest boxers and fighting 93 fights and only losing 18 times.
Archie ‘The Old Mongoose’ Moore holds the record for most career knockouts in professional boxing - 131 in 219 fights.
Willie Pep is the only boxer to ever win a round without throwing a punch.
Tommy Burns was, apparently, the shortest heavyweight boxing champion ever, at 5’7.″
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