Top Five Most Cheerful Moments in the Boxing History 

In this article, we will take a look at the top five most significant and cheerful moments boxing history that have enriched boxing history to a large extent. 

Over the past few decades, the boxing culture has witnessed tremendous growth, with extremely charismatic personalities like Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali and with prominent boxing titles and tournaments, including the Golden Gloves and AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championships. AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, WBC Diamond Boxing Championship, IBF World Boxing Championship and many more. Furthermore, exciting rivalries, including Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier, Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Duran and Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez, in the past, have undeniably added a high-voltage drama to the boxing scene at the global level. In addition to the highly competitive leagues and fuming rivalries, the storied historical past of boxing has also witnessed some of the most cheerful moments that have been etched in the hearts of boxing fans for an eternity. 

Muhammad Ali’s Olympic Gold Medal

The 1969 Rome Olympics served as one of the most prominent milestones in Muhammad Ali’s boxing career as he successfully clinched a gold medal and rose to undeniable fame at the young age of eighteen. The boxing fans widely celebrated the boxer’s star-studded triumph in his hometown, Louisville, Kentucky, and the United States. Although, before the 1969 Rome Olympics, Muhammad Ali was a renowned name in the annals of boxing, he managed to strike an unprecedented stardom after he clinched a gold medal in the light heavyweight division. In an interview, Muhammad Ali revealed that he chose to put on his Olympic gold medal for 48 long hours and even slept wearing the medal that he worked so hard for.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s Retirement 

American professional boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is popularly referred to as the ultimate undefeated boxer on a global scale. From super featherweight to light middleweight, Floyd Mayweather has clinched a phenomenal total of 15 major world boxing championships. From 1996 to 2017, Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought a lot of boxing matches and clinched the most coveted U.S. Golden Gloves Championship thrice. He additionally also captured a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics. Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s retirement served as a huge milestone in the boxing arena as he retired with an undefeated record of  50-0, without losing any matches against any opponent. Floyd Mayweather Jr. established and left a legacy of hustle behind him that still serves as a major motivation for young players in the boxing ring.

Leonard’s Olympic Gold Medal 

The 1976 Montreal Olympics revitalized Sugar Ray Leonard’s boxing career to an unparalleled extent as he clinched a gold medal in the welterweight division. Leonard’s Olympic triumph was celebrated by the entire America as a significant milestone in boxing history. After his stellar victory at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, American fans hailed Leonard as a national hero, and he made the headlines on all the leading print media platforms for elevating America’s stature on the international stage. The streets of Leonard’s hometown, Michigan, were flooded with fans organizing rallies, parades and ceremonies to commemorate the incredible victory at the Olympics, making it one of the most exciting and cheerful events in the history of boxing.

Braddock’s Cinderella Man Triumph 

An American professional boxer, James J. Braddock, who continued to be the reigning heavyweight champion consecutively from 1935 to 1937, assisted Americans to deal with the darkest phase of their lives; the great depression through his stellar boxing matches. Often regarded as the underdog of American boxing, Braddock defeated Max Baer in 1935 with his intimidating counterpunching in the ring. Amidst the economic hardship, Braddock’s victory at the Olympics served as a major source of inspiration and rejuvenation for American boxing fans and uplifted the country on the international stage. Although dealing with an undeniably tough phase, the American crowd rushed to the roads and celebrated Braddock’s stellar victory, establishing him as one of the most prominent players in the American history of boxing.  

Evander Holyfield’s triumph against Mike Tyson

The legendary boxer, Mike Tyson, received a major setback during the 1996 battle as American professional boxer Evander Holyfield defeated him in the final bout and disrupted his winning streak. Although Mike Tyson’s fans were in major disbelief at his shocking defeat, the battle considerably elevated Evander Holyfield’s stature as one of the most stellar boxers on the international stage. Although there were strong anticipations of Tyson clinching the game, Holyfield proved the assumptions wrong and defeated the legendary boxer with his ferocious attacks in the ring. The “Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield” battle still resonates as one of the most thrilling moments in the history of boxing on an international stage and is still widely celebrated by Holyfield’s fans as they embrace his unwavering courage. 

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