Any fan of boxing will be familiar with promoters who are commonly seen in interviews or weigh-ins with their fighters. Therefore, the names of Don King, Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn are likely to be names that you have heard. Of course, there are other promoters but they do have a role to play and as the name suggests, they are there to set up and then promote them. Along with this, they will also pay for everything that is involved in a boxing match and so, they take on the financial risk. As a result, they are going to want to make back that money as well as some more, so how do Boxing promoters make money?Continue reading How Do Boxing Promoters Make Money?
The Best Boxers in History
Throughout the decades, the world of boxing has been graced by entertainers and boxers who have what it takes to be considered the best in the world. However, with each decade and each generation, new boxers will come onto the scene, win and retain their belts while being considered the best boxer to have ever been seen. Of course, achievements will set apart the best boxers in the world from those who never quite cut it, so who are the best boxers in history?
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Floyd Mayweather Jr was an entertainer but he knew how to move around a ring and take down his opponents. His record is a phenomenal achievement with 2,257 points and 50 wins and even when faced with challenging opponents such as Manny Pacquiao, he still knew how to hold his own.
Some might place him above Mayweather Jr as he is the only world champion across 8 divisions. When it comes to performances in the ring, he has given the world some of the best bouts ever seen, such as his fights against Oscar De La Hoya and Rick Hatton. He amassed 1,637 points at a 62-7-2 record, which is why he is classed as one of the best boxers in history.
No list is complete without Muhammad Ali. Some claim he is the greatest boxer of all time and he would have told you himself that he was “The Greatest”. He was a performer and someone who might have been considered ahead of his time with the way in which he graced the ring. Even after spending four years out of the ring, he returned and reclaimed his heavyweight championship twice. There’s only one fighter who “Floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee”.
A 28-year career is an impressive achievement but so is a 55-8-2 record. Known as “The Executioner”, he boxed his way to several world championships at middleweight and light heavyweight. He was also the first boxer to hold world titles for all four major boxing sanctioning bodies. What also sets him apart was the fact that he was able to win the light heavyweight title at the age of 46 in 2011, making him a record breaker by overtaking George Foreman who was 45.
Oscar De La Hoya
From the titles he won to the money he earned, Oscar De La Hoya deserves to be on this list. Across six divisions, he won ten world titles and he was the highest earner of all time. A tough boxer with great tactical ability, his record of 1,259 points and 39-6-0 really does stand out.
Marvelous Marvin Hagler
From 1980 to 1987, Marvin Hagler was the undisputed middleweight champion of the world. A tough fighter, he knew how to inflict pain on his opponents using his power while also having the ability to take punches on the chin. He was a breathtaking fighter who amassed 1,160 points and a 62-3-2 record during his career.
5 Great YouTube Channels For Fighters
It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner doing your first few classes, or a seasoned fighter. Chances are you enjoy watching videos of fights, training clips and training advice. Fortunately, YouTube is filled with some amazing channels from fighters, fight fans and even promotions to help you get your regular fix.Continue reading 5 Great YouTube Channels For Fighters
The Fight Quality Christmas List
It’s that time of year again. The evenings are short, you’re running in the cold cold and dodgy Christmas jumpers have appeared around the office. If you’re not sure what gift to buy the martial artist in your life, or you’re not sure what to put on your Christmas list, then check this list out for the ten things the FQ team have put on their Christmas list this year.Continue reading The Fight Quality Christmas List
A Brief History of Greco-Roman Wrestling
Greco-Roman wrestling, as its name suggests, is a modern style of wrestling that’s designed to be as similar as possible to the styles of wrestling practiced by the ancient Greeks and Roman’s in competitions like the ancient Greek olympics. Thankfully the tradition of wrestlers competing naked didn’t get carried on into the modern version of the sport.Continue reading A Brief History of Greco-Roman Wrestling
Home Boxing Equipment – What You Need To Train Boxing At Home
Training at a gym is always ideal, but sometimes it’s far more convenient to get those hours of training in at home. If you’ve got the space, you might be considering setting up a home gym. We wanted to help you out with some tips on home boxing equipment.Continue reading Home Boxing Equipment – What You Need To Train Boxing At Home
Rules in Muay Thai
The following article on Rules in Muay Thai was submitted by Robert from Way of Martial Arts.
Muay Thai (also known as Thai Boxing) is a striking martial art developed in Thailand. It uses elements of kickboxing and some ancient Asian martial arts to complete one of the most effective martial arts in the world.Continue reading Rules in Muay Thai
Learning the Basic Muay Thai Stance
The following article on Learning the Basic Muay Thai Stance was submitted by Joe Monzon.
Muay Thai is a stand-up combat sport that originated in Thailand. It is often referred to as the “art of 8 limbs” for its use of the two fists, elbows, knees and legs. Muay Thai moves consist of punches, kicks, elbow strikes, knee strikes and clinching (think of it as grappling in stand-up form). It is a full-contact kickboxing sport but also gaining popularity as a fitness workout regime in recent years.Continue reading Learning the Basic Muay Thai Stance
A Brief History of Shuai Jiao
Unless you’re really into your different wrestling styles you’ve probably not heard of Shuai Jiao. The modern usage of the term refers to any Chinese style of wrestling. But originally it meant jacket wrestling – kind of like an old school equivalent of the modern Russian sport of Sambo.Continue reading A Brief History of Shuai Jiao
A Brief History of Vale Tudo
There’s a chance you’ve heard of Vale Tudo (if you’ve watched MMA long enough you’ve probably heard it referenced somewhere). You might know that MMA developed from Vale Tudo, but do you know much about the Brazilian fighting style itself?Continue reading A Brief History of Vale Tudo
A Brief History of MMA
Mixed Martial Arts is one of the biggest sports on the planet at current – ONE Championship averaged 29 million viewers per event in 2019 (according to their CEO Chatri Sidyodtong) the UFC was involved in the largest sports acquisition in history when it sold to WME-IMG for four billion dollars and the sport has generated superstar athletes like Conor McGregor who have surpassed the sport and became household names. Not bad for a sport that was widely banned and compared to human cockfighting in the not too distant past. But how did this global phenomenon come to be the sport it is today?Continue reading A Brief History of MMA
A Brief History of Kickboxing
The term kickboxing can have a pretty broad application. Technically it refers to any stand up martial art that allows kicking and punching and so covers a pretty broad spectrum of styles. The narrower focus of the name would be styles that identify as kickboxing, which still includes a lot of sports, but for the sake of this article we’ll be focusing on the history of Japanese Kickboxing, and its spread to Europe, and North American Kickboxing which has similar roots but developed separately. Alongside Muay Thai, which we’ve covered separately, much of modern kickboxing has come from these styles.Continue reading A Brief History of Kickboxing
The Ultimate Guide To Boxing Gloves (Updated 2022)
Welcome to the Fight Quality Ultimate Guide to Boxing Gloves, updated for 2022.
When we originally wrote the first version of our Ultimate Guide back in 2016 we wanted to bring you the absolute best resource for everything you could possibly want to know about boxing gloves. Since then the guide has undergone several updates, reflecting the changes in the industry, technology and brands.Continue reading The Ultimate Guide To Boxing Gloves (Updated 2022)
A Brief History of Capoeira
Capoeira is an unusual style of martial art that has an Afro-Brazilian origins, focuses predominantly on using your lower body to kick, sweep and take your opponents down, though elbow and hand strikes are also incorporated, and is designed to allow a fighter who’s outnumbered to take on even armed enemies.Continue reading A Brief History of Capoeira
Wai Kru, Mongkol and Prajioud; Ancient Traditions in Modern Muay Thai
With shows like ONE Championship putting Muay Thai, a martial art with a long and storied history, at the centre of some seriously high profile events they’ve given Muay Thai a platform and reach that it’s never really achieved before. At FQ we love ONE Championship, and we’re incredibly pleased to see our favourite martial art reach so many new fans, and fighters get rewarded for the years of hard work they put into their training, but it’s easy to see that some of the traditions that go alongside it might get pushed to one side, or be seen but not understood. We want to do our part to help people new to Muay Thai to understand the significance of some of what they see in big shows like ONE, and what they might encounter if they branch out and watch Muay Thai from different promotions!Continue reading Wai Kru, Mongkol and Prajioud; Ancient Traditions in Modern Muay Thai
Five Top Tips For Martial Arts Beginners
Here at FQ we firmly believe that martial arts are for everyone. You can find a million motivational quotes about how martial arts teach you so much, but there’s truth behind them – it’s more than just a way to get in great shape.Continue reading Five Top Tips For Martial Arts Beginners
Why do you need to wear hand wraps for Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai and other combat sports?
Chances are that at some point towards the beginning of your training you were told you need hand wraps to wear underneath your gloves. Hand wraps of course make your hand safer, but not many people actually know how they do that.Continue reading Why do you need to wear hand wraps for Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai and other combat sports?
How To Tell What Size / Weight Boxing Gloves You Need
How do you know you’re using the right size or weight boxing glove? If you ask most brands they’ll usually tell you it all depends on either your weight or the size of your hands, but is that always the case? Should you use the same weight gloves for both fitness work like pads or a heavy bag, as you would use during sparring?Continue reading How To Tell What Size / Weight Boxing Gloves You Need
Why Do Fighters Grunt While They Train?
What do tennis players, weightlifters and fighters have in common? Grunting really loudly as they hit (or lift) stuff.Continue reading Why Do Fighters Grunt While They Train?
What Are The Different Types Of Martial Arts?
The following article was submitted to Fight Quality by Asen from fighterculture.com.
Many people contemplate getting involved in martial arts, but hesitate to do so because they do not know where to begin. Your best option will be to start with research. You really cannot go wrong with research, as it will provide you with everything you need to know about the types, accessibility, availability, and requirements.Continue reading What Are The Different Types Of Martial Arts?