that the "Boxing Glove" was invented around 1738 by John "Jack" Broughton of England (1703 - 1789). Broughton was a bare knuckle fighter of the time who introduced the use of gloves known as "Muffles" to his own gym for use by his students. They were used to keep the level of serious injuries such as broken jaws, noses, check bones and eye sockets to a minimum whilst training for "Bare knuckle fighting" which did not use gloves.
Broughton was also instrumental in the introduction of Boxing rules. Many believe that boxing rules were the brain child of the Marques of Queensbury. In fact John Broughton introduced rules to his own bare knuckle events which up until then were nothing more than brawls that allowed kicking, choke holds, eye gouging and many other tactics. Broughtons fights became so popular that a man was reported by a local newspaper to have been crushed to death by the overwhelming crowd at one of his fights. Broughtons rules were later superseded by the London Prize Ring Rules" which were later augmented by "The Marques of Queensbury Rules of Boxing".
Broughton doesn't stop there he was also attributed as introducing the "Catch and Parry" which was said to have made Broughton untouchable. These techniques are still the corner stone of defensive boxing teaching today.
that despite George Forman being one of the biggest boxers of the day and known to have the hardest and most lethal fists in the ring, when he stepped up to face Joe Frazier (a much smaller man) for the first time, instead of taking note of the referees instructions he was pre -occupied with one single thing. The only thing that was going through his head was a prayer. As George stood in the middle of the ring towering above Joe Frazier, George Forman was praying to God that Joe Frazier didn't look down at his legs. George stated in an interview soon after the fight that he was so scared of Joe Frazier he was shacking uncontrollably. However history records that George Forman went on to beat Frazier in what was considered an easy defence of his World Title easily knocking Frazier out.
The "Peek A Boo" boxing style was designed by Constantine (Cos) D'Amato (1908 - 1985) legendary trainer of Floyd Patterson, Josses Torres and Mike Tyson. Floyd Patterson was one of the first world champions to use the "Peek A Boo" style but its most famous exponent is probably Mike Tyson.
Cos D'Amato was also the inventor of the boxing number system, a system that used a sequence of numbers to identify various combinations. The system would be practised on a "Willie bag" designed by D'Amato and named after Willie Pastrona when he lost his light heavyweight title to Jose Torres whom D'Amato trained. The "Willie bag" was five mattresses layered and tied together round a post with a drawing of a man on the outside mattress. Numbers were written on the figure and the boxer would hit the numbered tarkets in the sequence denoted by D'Amato or one of his trainers.
that despite Joe Frazier having an unyielding hatred for Mohammed Ali, it was Frazier that was quick to give money to Ali when he lost his income from boxing after Ali's boxing licence was suspended for refusing to join the US Army to fight in Vietnam. Ali was also stripped of his World Titles and could only get occasional fights outside the US for little pay. During his suspension Ali was thrown to the forefront of the anti-Vietnam War movement and spent most of his time travelling to various campuses throughout the US which became his primary source of income. Ali's licence was eventually reinstated and he went on to reclaim his titles and in doing so fought Joe Frazier three times in what were describe as the most aggressive and physically damaging fights either fighter undertook in their careers. It is strongly believed that it was these fights that were the contributing cause to Ali's illness which has been commonly mistaken as Parkinson's Disease....Long live the King.