Updated: Jan 19
Boxing Still Matters Chapter One – A New Era Begins
For twenty years, professional boxing had been dominated and carried on the shoulders of one man, Muhammed Ali. Ali had been the perfect symbol for the changing times of the Sixties and Seventies. With his retirement, a new era began populated by several great boxers, among them Larry Holmes, Mike Tyson, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, and Sugar Ray Leonard. Championship fights were still regularly telecast on ABC Wide World of Sports and boxing fans and sports fans in general saw most of the era’s great fighters in action. The Decade of the Eighties commenced with Larry Holmes, a great heavyweight champion effectively retiring Muhammed Ali and going on the several successful defenses, eventually losing the title to Michael Spinks who subsequently lost to Mike Tyson, “The Baddest Man on the Planet.”
A new division the Cruiserweights was created in 1980, filling in the gap between the 175 lb light heavyweight division and the unlimited heavyweight division. Marvin Camel was the first cruiserweight champion.