Presentation on theme: "Boxing in Moiliili: The Sport’s History and Future"— Presentation transcript:
1 Boxing in Moiliili: The Sport’s History and Future
2 ThesisAlthough boxing has historically been a cherished pastime in Moiliili, local interest in the sport has waned considerable. A variety of social, economic and political factors have contributed to boxing’s decline in popularity.
3 Boxing Statewide Boxing originally a part of Makahiki festivals Bootleg Era (1893 to 1929): legal only for military-“Porch boxing” popular as a form of self defense and recreationTerritorial Era (1929 to 1959): “golden age” during which boxing flourishedStatehood Era (1959 to present): formal commission established-Jesus Salud ( )-Brian Viloria (28-3-0)As boxing became lucrative natonwide, Hawaii hopefuls began to harbor championship dreamsMajor fights held at Blaisdell Arena
4 In MoiliiliFighters coached by Kinji Kanazawa of Moiliili Boxing Club (MJS)“Kinji Kanazawa was the pioneer of Moiliili. He was like Daniel Boone who blazed the trail.”-former Moiliili boxer Charles HaradaMany minor fights held at Honolulu StadiumMany regional and amateur title fightsMost important: Joe Louis’ two exhibitions vs. Cleo Everett and Wayne Powell
5 Boxing TodayKalakaua Boxing Club, Kakaako Boxing Club Palolo Boxing Club, Pearlside Boxing, Evolution Boxing Club (Honolulu)Most are subsidized/components of community outreach programsBoxing has declined in popularity for a variety of reasons, most of which can be attributed to the globalizing effects of mediaHawaii has very few professional boutsFew Olympic hopefuls
6 Reasons for Decline 1) Popularity of Mixed Martial Arts 2) Lack of local “big money” fighters or fightsTyson fight could have revived sportBoxing scene centralized in Vegas3) Hawaii’s fight community is insular; boxing and MMA fans/fighters are xenophobicBoxing Commission is clique-like and difficult“Boxing is boring. Plus, local guys (fighters) hold grudges. Local people are like that.”- “Michael”, MMA welterweight contender