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Top 5 Reasons Why Boxing Heroes Are Hot!

Why do boxers melt our hearts? There are 5 reasons.

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Top 5 Reasons Why Boxing Heroes Are Hot!

There’s something about boxing heroes—from Rocky Balboa in the “Rocky” movie franchise to Billy “the Great” Hope in “Southpaw”—that melts our hearts and makes us go weak at the knees. It’s one thing for men to appreciate boxing, but why do women love the sport?

Men like boxing because they enjoy watching a good fistfight. It’s easy enough to understand. In my case, people have asked me why I chose to write about a boxer in my debut romance book, "In His Corner" (published by Lyrical press under my pen name Vina Arno).

In my book, Tommy Raines, an Olympic gold-medalist boxer known as the Juggernaut, gets knocked out at first sight by the beautiful ER doctor, Siena Carr, who treats his cut. There were factors unrelated to boxing that inspired me to write the character of the Juggernaut, but the bottom line—a boxing hero is hot!

Boxers Make Great Romantic Heroes

#1 Boxers are classic alpha males. This is obvious. A boxer’s main asset is his physical prowess. He’s in great shape—rippling abs, taut biceps, and rock-hard body. In my book, Tommy is a 160-pound middleweight fighter. My editor thought he’s “rather small.” I explained to her the different weight divisions. The Juggernaut is 160 pounds of muscles and pure physical power.

When boxing fans talk about middleweight champions, one name inevitably surfaces: Sugar Ray Robinson. He was middleweight champion five times between 1951 and 1960. He died in 1989. He was among the greatest fighters of all time. He was the boxer originally described as being the best, “pound for pound.”

#2 Boxers balance aggression with discipline. Let’s get this straight—aggression is not sexy. We don’t want thugs. A great boxer is the perfect combination of aggression and self-discipline. To dominate inside the ring, he must train hard and stay healthy, follow the rules, and temper his aggression with strategy. The best boxers in the world fight with their brains and not just their brawn.

How can we distinguish a great athlete from a thug? Let’s consider Mike Tyson, who is both. The Tyson who knocked out Michael Spinks after 91 seconds in their 1988 fight was an incredible fighter. The Tyson who was convicted of rape in 1992? A thug!

#3 Boxers are daring. Boxing can be a matter of life and death. Every time a fighter steps inside the ring, he’s putting his life on the line. Back in 1930, heavyweight boxer Max Baer hit Frankie Campbell with such power that Campbell’s brain was detached from his skull, causing his death.

More recently, Braydon Smith, a 23-year-old Australian boxer died on March 16, 2015, two days after he’d lost a 10-round featherweight match. He had collapsed 90 minutes after the fight and never recovered. In my book, the Juggernaut’s father tells his son: “Boxing is a combat sport; it’s not for wusses.”

#4 Boxers are exciting. There’s something elemental about a physical fight. In boxing as in martial arts movies, your adrenaline level will go up within seconds of watching men (same goes for women fighters) trying to knock each other down. Also, boxing is easy to appreciate. Unlike other sports, you don’t have to understand the nuts and bolts of boxing to enjoy it. The action unfolding inside the ring is self-explanatory. Add to that the big personalities of most boxers and you’re guaranteed a thrilling time.

#5 Boxers are sympathetic. Even if Rocky Balboa (played by Sylvester Stallone) doesn’t turn you on physically, he will melt your heart because he’s likeable and sympathetic as a character. Like Rocky, most boxing heroes have blue-collar backgrounds and they struggle financially. As the Juggernaut says in my book, “The well-to-do would never understand what boxing entailed, because no son of a wealthy man ever grew up to be a fighter. No rich boy would ever want to get a busted mouth or nose to earn a living.” So, when boxers succeed, we can’t help but root for them.

Cindy Fazzi
is a Philippine-born American writer who has worked as a journalist in the Philippines, Taiwan, and the United States. She’s a former Associated Press news staffer. Her debut romance, “In His Corner,” was published under the pen name Vina Arno by Lyrical Press, an imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp.

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