Looking Beyond Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson

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New era of professional boxing; Mario Herrera is being compared to boxing icons, Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson

United States, 14th Sep 2022, King NewsWire,

Mario Herrera at Gleason’s Boxing Gym in New York City.

 Starting at 12, Muhammad Ali changed the world’s perspective on boxing. Muhammad’s illustrious career ended in 1981 with 56 victories to his name. As the world celebrated the end of an era following Ali’s retirement, the boxing fans were introduced to another notable boxer Mike Tyson in 1985. Tyson’s career lasted two decades before he was knocked out in consecutive matches against Danny Williams and Kevin McBride. After Mike’s retirement, the sports of boxing took a major hit as it failed to produce any charismatic fighter who could keep the crowds entertained. Boxing’s popularity also diminished over time with the growing popularity of sports like soccer and baseball. However, we are witnessing the birth of a new era in boxing, as a recent Harris Poll survey revealed that boxing is the fourth most popular sport in America. 

Boxers like Mario Herrera have attracted the masses with a fearless and unapologetic approach. Born in Chicago, Mario has proven to be a pro fighter at 24. Boxing analysts believe that Herrera has the potential and strength to make his way up to the top. 

Professional boxing fascinates fans at a higher rate in the U.S. than any other sport while capturing a younger fan base. A decade ago, boxing as a sport failed to grab any worthy space in the Harris Poll. However, boxing has had a tremendous impact on the young audience recently, with emerging boxers like Tyson Fury, Shakur Stevenson, Naoya Inoue, Mikaela Mayer, and Vasiliy Lomachenko enjoying the spotlight and confidence of the fans. 

Thriving amidst the strong competition, Mario Herrera now commands widespread support from the young spectators, mainly on account of his heroics in 2021 when Mario made a 5-0 winning record as a professional. According to the emerging Mexican-American boxing star, he now has his eyes set on becoming the best in the world. The winning streak has helped Herrera build a solid fanbase on different social media platforms, and these outlets have played a pivotal role in establishing a unique appeal around boxing. A boxing enthusiast Thomas Gabriel, 23, stated, “Boxing as an entertainment source sits perfectly with the Gen Z. It is fast, furious, and full of thrill.” 

Boxing has never been an easy sport. But, Mario has always been keen to take on challenges. According to him, he learned to fight the circumstances from his mother. Herrera and his siblings were raised by a single mother who encouraged sports like nothing else. 

This sport has had a spiritual impact on the life of fighters like Mario. What started as an escape for the young boxer turned out to be a life-changing experience for him. Today, Mario is ready to take on the best in the world. 

Boxing today is a reviving sport with many young participants finding their way to the ring. Inspired by the likes of Ali, each one of the players aims to make it big on a global stage. There’s a huge contribution to this revival from former greats and experienced coaches. For Mario, Fernando Perez is nothing less than an angel. He was the man who first led Herrera into the ring. He was one of the early spectators who evaluated Herrera’s potential as a professional. The young boxer believes that the guidance from the right people made him fall in love with the sport. 

It is hard to deny the impact trainers and coaches have had on successful boxers. The Chicago-born Mexican star found inspiration in many other names as well. One of them was Giovanni Caravello, who later became Mario’s trainer. Giovanni believes that the 24-year-old star has all the elements to turn him into the biggest asset of boxing sports. 

While other emerging boxers like Naoya Inoue and Mikaela Mayer look to compete, Mario follows an entirely different direction. The boxer wishes to be challenged, which can help him become even better. The competition among the young lot has become a propelling force to attract a worldwide young audience.

Boxing has witnessed a massive boost in investment recently. Boxers like Mikaela Mayer and Vasiliy Lomachenko have been a key source of sponsors for the sport. More contenders will likely find their way as the sport grows among the masses. It is safe to say that boxing is on its way to becoming one of the most followed sports in the world. With new competitions and fighters making their way to the fore, the future seems bright. Boxers like Mario are nothing but a ray of hope. It is projected that the craze around boxing will continue to grow, providing the world with a new champion. 

Mario himself thinks he has a long way to go. The athlete aims to give something back to the places that contributed to his success. The hype around boxing proves that it wouldn’t take long for the world to see someone as good as its great predecessors. The participation of the masses, especially the young audience, has pushed the fighters to give their best whenever they hit the ring. It’s no surprise that boxers like Herrera have already gathered a large audience around them. It’s an excellent precedent that can help fighters in the future. 

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