5 Reasons MMA Is Better Than Boxing

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5 Reasons MMA Is Better Than Boxing
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Remember when boxing had heavyweight stars?

This is going to be painful to write.

When I was four years old, I watched Larry Holmes beat down Muhammad Ali on national TV. I didn’t know why at the time, but it made me really sad, sort of like watching someone kick your favorite old dog. 

Four years later I read my first “adult” book, “The Greatest: My Own Story", Muhammad Ali’s autobiography. I was instantly hooked, not just by the sport, but by this man who took on racism, war, religious intolerance and pretty much the entire South. 

Again, I didn’t know why at the time, but I knew Muhammad Ali was someone to look up to. I still do. 

I can’t say the same for boxing. What was once one of my favorite sports has turned into a hot mess that is on the verge of extinction. I grew up in one of boxing’s Golden Eras watching Sugar Ray, Hagler, Hearns, Duran, a young Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield. 

It was all going great until Don King came along and ruined the whole thing. Now I feel like boxing itself is the old dog and I am the one kicking it. 

It might have taken years, but I will finally admit that MMA is far superior to boxing and here is why.

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