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joseph5620
03-10-2011, 06:22 PM
For me it was Ali. I started reading about him when I was a kid. Then I started watching VHS and reading boxing magazines. His skills and persona fascinated me and I was hooked on boxing after that.

DR.ORGYY
03-10-2011, 06:28 PM
believe it or not boxingscene but it was floyd mayweather..................

project xxx1
03-10-2011, 06:31 PM
mike tyson
chris eubank
roy jones
nigel benn

RubenSonny
03-10-2011, 06:33 PM
Its sort of both Ali and Mayweather, when I was very young I use to watch Ali with my dad and have been a fan since. Mayweather was the first I properly watched live (on tv) when I lived in the USA I watched him in his 130 days and have been a fan since, when I was in secondary school in the UK I was pretty much the only one who knew him leading up to the Hatton fight and I made some nice cash in bets with my friends.

Barn
03-10-2011, 06:35 PM
Muhammad Ali

JAB5239
03-10-2011, 06:38 PM
It has to be Ali for me, but I've since put many fighters ahead of him though I still admire him greatly. In the last 50 years or more I don't think any fighter has gotten more people into boxing than Ali. I would expext a massive influx of Tyson posts though. His impact cant be ignored either.

RubenSonny
03-10-2011, 06:38 PM
Muhammad Ali

:thinking: Now Marv if I remember correctly, you were pretty critical of Ali when I first jumped onto this forum, not to say you were a hater and you've mellowed out on him since. Is it one of those love-hate things? I had that with Jones, Hopkins, Tyson and Lewis.

Rockin'
03-10-2011, 06:45 PM
Dwight Davison was the first to catch my eye. They used to televise Kronk Fight Night from Cobo Arena and Davison was the first that caught my eye when he smoked out some guy.

I used to love Hector Camacho fights before he ran into Rosario which changed his attitude in the ring forever. He was good. John Mugabi and ofcourse Tommy Hearns and Milton McCrory.

I always liked Colin Jones too, tough guy who had a tendancie to cut. I remember watching Colin and Donald Curry fighting where Jones had this huge gash acrossed the bridge of his nose and the ref stopped the bout. I'll never forget Colin with his head leaning against the corner pad just all out crying as the announcer stated that it was probably Colins last shot at a title.

The good ol' days.................Rockin':boxing:

Wild Blue Yonda
03-10-2011, 06:47 PM
Sonny Liston. He was all the rage when I first had my attention drawn to the sport (through my father & Uncle) & he seemed a fascinating image in the public eye.

xEDDIEx
03-10-2011, 06:54 PM
Mike Tyson

Joeyzagz
03-10-2011, 07:04 PM
Naseem Hamed

Steak
03-10-2011, 07:06 PM
Jason Gavern

Flo_Raiden
03-10-2011, 09:25 PM
Mike Tyson.

Scott9945
03-10-2011, 10:17 PM
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez :D

But seriously, I can't remember any one specific fighter. I started by watching the weekly TV fights from the Olympic Auditorium, seeing guys like Mando Ramos, Irish Frankie Crawford, Jerry Quarry, etc. It was always about the fights and not the fighters to me.

joseph5620
03-10-2011, 10:48 PM
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez :D

But seriously, I can't remember any one specific fighter. I started by watching the weekly TV fights from the Olympic Auditorium, seeing guys like Mando Ramos, Irish Frankie Crawford, Jerry Quarry, etc. It was always about the fights and not the fighters to me.

Scott, did you ever see Danny "Little red" Lopez live in LA during in his prime?

DarkTerror88
03-10-2011, 10:51 PM
Foreman
now it might be marvelous marv

JoHnNyBoXeR
03-10-2011, 10:56 PM
Mike Tyson

SCtrojansbaby
03-10-2011, 11:34 PM
James Toney

BigStereotype
03-11-2011, 12:04 AM
Juan Manuel Marquez. When he retires, I'm gonna be lost for a little while haha.

Scott9945
03-11-2011, 12:43 AM
Scott, did you ever see Danny "Little red" Lopez live in LA during in his prime?

Yes I did. I saw him once as an amateur and several times as a pro, including the big LA showdown against Bobby Chacon.

Scott9945
03-11-2011, 12:52 AM
Scott, did you ever see Danny "Little red" Lopez live in LA during in his prime?

Here is a great fight that I saw him in. Just as exciting as I remembered.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvKJkeCcZQg

joseph5620
03-11-2011, 12:59 AM
Here is a great fight that I saw him in. Just as exciting as I remembered.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvKJkeCcZQg

Thanks for posting that Scott. How does a fighter that small hit that hard lol? Wow. And Lopez didn't seem to mind taking punches in order to land his bombs. If I didn't know who he was I would have thought the other fighter had the upper hand. But one punch turned the whole fight around.

Shabba Rank$
03-11-2011, 01:24 AM
Well the first fight I EVER watched was the Lewis-Tyson fight on black box.

:lol1:

And when Lennox knocked out Mike, I was hooked on boxing and became a fan of Lennox ever since.

Lennox was the reason why I won fights in Middle school.

:lol1:

Holtol
03-11-2011, 03:19 AM
Mike Tyson was the first boxer that really impressed me.

blaze778
03-11-2011, 03:44 AM
Hagler...........

The_Demon
03-11-2011, 03:55 AM
Prince Naseem Hamed

T.McGrady
03-11-2011, 07:41 AM
Roy Jones Jr

Panzer
03-11-2011, 10:21 AM
Sven Ottke and Dariusz Michaelzewski .......true story

Barn
03-11-2011, 11:35 AM
:thinking: Now Marv if I remember correctly, you were pretty critical of Ali when I first jumped onto this forum, not to say you were a hater and you've mellowed out on him since. Is it one of those love-hate things? I had that with Jones, Hopkins, Tyson and Lewis.
When I first found boxing. Ali and Tyson were the only two I knew. I absolutely loved Ali and me wanting to find out about him is pretty much what got me into the History side of things. I then noticed "Thrilla in Manilla" was on T.V and I watched it.

I realised Ali was not such a great person and it was one of those instances when... I don't know how to describe it but, you sort of felt let down. I hated the way he treated Joe Frazier and at first I made many an excuse for him but, then I just came to the realization that he could no longer be my favourite fighter.

I was never a hater but, I get this dislike about him because, of the fact he once was my favourite fighter and he as a person was not what the hype made him out to be.

I still have a great respect for his abilities and don't let it cloud my judgement having him swapping from 1-2 on a HW list and 7-10 on a P4P list. Yet I admit I'm somwhat biased when it comes to his personal attributes.

He was my first favourite fighter and these days it's the man who he treated horribly.
Joe Frazier.

GJC
03-11-2011, 12:56 PM
Joe Baksi, I await the rush of votes for Joe :)

mickey malone
03-11-2011, 01:35 PM
Ali, then Duran, then Hearns.. At one time it was Donald Curry then it went back to Hearns again but it was the Ali-Frazier/Foreman/Norton fights that got me into boxing, so Ali has to be my first favourite.

Akhi
03-11-2011, 01:59 PM
PBF since I saw his fight against Gatti

First boxing match I watched.

SBleeder
03-12-2011, 07:22 AM
For me, it was 3 fighters in particular: Harold Brazier, Pernell Whitaker, and watching old fights of Ali.

I'm 30, btw.

nachorjj
03-12-2011, 07:39 AM
1. Roy Jones Jr
then Sugar Ray Leonard, Pernell Whittaker, Floyd Mayweather

Check_hooks
03-12-2011, 07:40 AM
Ali and Tyson. Can't remember which one I became exposed to first.

qari
03-12-2011, 07:44 AM
prince naseem started it off for me

The Surgeon
03-12-2011, 08:04 AM
Mike Tyson was my first favourite fighter and still is my all time favourite

musiol
03-12-2011, 08:16 AM
the real deal

eveningmass79
03-12-2011, 08:25 AM
The first guys I was really aware of were Bruno and Tyson in the eighties; followed by Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and Michael Watson soon after. I liked all of those guys, but I never actually LOVED a fighter until I saw Erik Morales for the first time.

The Iron Man
03-12-2011, 09:47 AM
Tyson for me, I remember the build up for the second Bruno fight and how the British Press were building up Tyson. As a destroyer an impossible task for Bruno, I was only 7 but I remember how much in awe I was of this apparently unstoppable man.

cja07007
03-12-2011, 02:20 PM
Vinny Paz for me. Made a real exciting fight.

Alec900
03-13-2011, 01:31 AM
Iron Mike Tyson

brits 4 belts
03-14-2011, 07:13 AM
for me it was ali. I started reading about him when i was a kid. Then i started watching vhs and reading boxing magazines. His skills and persona fascinated me and i was hooked on boxing after that.

ali made 4 the best viewing and always gets me out of myseat even though im watching fights of his from 30 years ago lol

CarlosG815
03-14-2011, 11:48 AM
Mike Tyson.

Pastrano
03-14-2011, 01:51 PM
Tyson was the one that got me watching boxing, but I didn't like him at the time. I thought he was a loathsome brute, lol. Later it changed, but I still cheered for Holyfield when they had those fights. Now I don't anymore, but I like both the same. And I also liked Bowe a lot, it was just something about a big strong guy that could box and move well in addition to punching power.

Ziggy Stardust
03-14-2011, 02:40 PM
Alexis Arguello and Antonio Cervantes

rsf
03-16-2011, 05:51 AM
john H stracey

SweetSciencePHD
03-17-2011, 04:36 AM
When I was a little kid my dad made sure I watched boxing and I got to see a lot of great fights between a lot of great fighters, hell I saw virtually every fight that was on tv watching them with him. I enjoyed watching all kids of fighters and considered myself fans of all of them. The list is comprised of Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Evander Holyfield, Riddick Bowe, Shannon Briggs, Ray Mercer, Vinny Pazienza, Tommy Morrison, Michael Moore, Lennox Lewis, Julio Caesar Chavez, Hector Camacho, Prince Naseem Hamed, Roy Jones Jr., Pernell Whitaker, Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad, Fernando Vargas.....

These fighters entertained me through the 90's, but it was in 2000 that I found my favorite fighter, Sugar Shane Mosley. He was the first person that I really became a true fan of. Maybe it had something to do with him being my generations "Sugar", and maybe it had to do with him being a real likable guy, or maybe it had to do with his style, I don't know what it was exactly. All I know is that when I first saw him in his fight with Jesse James Leija I was impressed with him, and when he fought Oscar the first time I was fully cemented as a Shane Mosley fan for life. I only wish that he were younger right now going into this Pacquiao fight. I think a younger Shane Mosley would have a great chance of beating Manny.

jmasta
03-17-2011, 05:06 AM
Erik Morales

Kiddoe
03-19-2011, 07:25 AM
I was the 80's kid. "Kid Dynamite" Mike Tyson