To an outsider, boxing is a sport which involves being punched for a few minutes at a time before someone stitches you up before you get hit again until one of you falls down.
In essence, this is what boxing is. But there is so much money made out of the business as well as going into it, that it must be popular for a reason.
There are only a few major boxing events which take place each year, but when they do they are put on in front of a sell-out crowd who have paid hundreds for a ticket.
As well as this, the boxers who fight can earn millions. Boxer Floyd 'Money' Mayweather is called just that because he loves flashing his cash and has plenty of it. His career earnings so far total around $350 million.
Another reason this sport is so successful is the personalities of the boxers and the way they work off each other.
Prior to a fight, both boxers attend a weigh-in which is put on in front of the press, and often results in them coming to blows before they have even entered the ring as they look to mess with the mind of their opponent.
It is not uncommon for a scrappy fight to break out at the weigh in, with tensions running high and the boxers often boasting about having the best weight once they have been on the scales.
An example of a weigh-in attack could be seen prior to Bernard Hopkins' fight against Winky Wright in 2007, when the pair squared up to each other before Hopkins hit Wright's face, prompting him to retaliate and start a brawl.
When the real fight eventually took place, Hopkins won by a unanimous decision on the judges' score cards, making it Wright's first loss in eight years.
The unpredictability in boxing coupled with the characters it has on offer, makes the build up as well as the matches all the more exciting and creates the perfect sport.
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