For my digital project I focused on the rise of Mexican boxing throughout the 20th to 21st century. Throughout this semester we focused on many themes and sports such as soccer, basketball, women’s physical appearance, equality, and fairness. So, I decided to switch it up and go with one of the best and known combat sport, boxing. Our class read just a small portion about boxing, with President Roosevelt being one of the main stars. Although it was American boxing, I chose to go with the passion of Mexican boxing. Mexican boxing began with a slow start but soon rose to become a national powerhouse. Today, if you take a look at the rankings you will see how many Mexican boxers are high up, while succeeding throughout their careers.
My topic was surrounded about the history of Mexican boxing. Some argue Mexican boxing did not turn out the way it needed to be, but I disagree. I believe Mexican boxing was built from the ground up, becoming much larger than expected. Boxers such as Julio Cesar Chavez, Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, and Canelo Alveraz have made a mark in how Mexican boxing has become so popular. These boxers not only made their mark, but were great champions. Julio Chavez is considered one of the greatest Mexican and overall boxers in history.
Chavez is considered one of the first boxers to be considered one of the greatest Mexican. While preparing my research project I came across many articles and books regarding Mexican and Latin boxing. Dr. Sibaja recommended a book by Stephen D. Allen, A History of Boxing in Mexico: Masculinity, Modernity, and Nationalism. I really enjoyed this book because it provided great information about the history of Mexican boxing, influence, and past boxers. Allen did not disappoint describing boxers. One boxer he described was Rodolfo Casanova.
Casanova was considered one of the best Mexican boxers to first start out. Becoming a champion then soon shooting down in his career, Casanova was an idol and figure to most beginning boxers. These boxers trained around his career, figuring out the ways and what it took to become a champion. After Casanova began to fail through his career, younger boxers took note and did everything Casanova did not do to prevent themselves from also failing. Mexican boxing was growing. Even through Olympic games Mexican boxing slowly saw a rise. Every year they saw their medals go up, casting gold medalists, and champions. It was a process that these individuals had a tunnel vision for.
My video focuses mainly on past boxers and how the sport grew through time such as the Mexican revolution. The Mexican revolution allowed great number of Mexicans to expand their time and well being through countries and territory. This also helped Mexicans travel to places like America, which soon led to the expansion of Mexican boxing. Mexican boxing has an identity. Its intimidating, scary, and filled with courage. The future of Mexican boxing is full of talent. Ryan Garcia, although born American, is and has Mexican background, training with Canelo Alvaraz’s team, has a bright future ahead with a undefeated record. He is not the only one, while there are plenty of young stars on the rise. My project has helped me figure out the true background and identity of this sport, not only through Mexico, but other countries too. Throughout this class, I wished we discussed more combat sports like boxing, MMA, or wrestling. While preparing this project I focused on the identity of Mexican boxing. It has its own story. Mexican boxing is and will forever the be heart of the sport.