Austin, Texas born James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) has finally landed the marquee fight that has eluded him for quite some time now. Whether it was out of the ring issues, managerial, or promotional issues until now he hadn’t landed the big fight. To make it even sweeter Kirkland will get his big fight in his home state. The Minute Maid Park, in Houston, Texas to be exact which is Just a few hours drive away from where he was born. Oddly enough Kirkland will not have the majority of fans in attendance backing him by a longshot come May 9th. That honor will go to his opponent that night former world champion Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs). As exciting of a fighter that Kirkland is his popularity can’t come close to competing with that of Alvarez even fighting in his home state. Alvarez will have thousands of fans in attendance who will come out to support him and fill the fight venue.
Professional boxing, or prizefighting, emerged in the early twentieth century as boxing gradually attained legitimacy and became a regulated, sanctioned sport. Professional boxing bouts are fought for a purse which is divided between the boxers as determined by contract. Most professional boxing bouts are supervised by a regulatory authority to guarantee the fighters’ safety. Most high-profile bouts obtain the endorsement of a sanctioning body, which awards championship belts, establishes rules, and assigns its own judges and referee. Professional boxing bouts are typically much longer than amateur bouts, and can last up to twelve rounds, though less significant fights can be as short as four rounds. Protective headgear is not permitted, and boxers are generally allowed to take substantial punishment before a fight is halted. Pro boxing has enjoyed a much higher profile than amateur boxing throughout the twentieth century and beyond.