Sports Trivia

Matt Hoh

1. In 1997 Mike Tyson bit part of George Foreman’s ear off.
2. Boxing is a sport that has been around for over 3,000 years.
3. When a boxer uses the “Orthodox” stance, he is standing with his left foot forward.
4. The white portion of the boxing glove is on the glove just for traditional aesthetic pleasure.
5. Jack Sharkey was the heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali’s birth name.Answers:
1. False. Tyson actually bit part of Evander Holyfield’s ear and was subsequently disqualified, with the win going to Holyfield.
2. True. Boxing was first introduced in 1,500 B.C. and the main idea remains the same. However, the equipment, minor rules and safety guidelines have been added.
3. True. “Orthodox” boxers are boxers who are right handed — since most people are right handed they are considered orthodox. The reason their left is forward is that they will lead with their left hand. The right foot forward stance is called southpaw stance.
4. False. The white part marks the scoring area on the glove that must strike any of the target areas during the fight.
5. False. Muhammad Ali’s birth name was Cassius Clay.