Boxing was once the most popular prime time sport in America. However as it became more controversial, the sparring sport lost its mainstream popularity to new types of mixed martial arts fighting events popularized by UFC.
The outcomes in mixed martial arts are driven by a choice to endure pain or to submit, but boxing is a brute test of strength and pain endurance like no other. A boxer's strategy must straddle the line between finesse and aggression. It's more of a dance than mixed martial arts, where matches often end with two athletes wrapped around one another on the ground moaning.
The legacy of boxing can be felt in the media with movies like Rocky, the more recent Creed, and especially in the personalities the sport left behind like Muhammad Ali. But we don't often remember the physical remains left behind by the once popular sport. Luckily the exploring and adventuring group, known as The Proper People, remember more than Clubber Lang or Thunderlips and they prove it in their most recent video.
In the video above they explore The Blue Horizon boxing venue, a building that was originally constructed in 1865 as housing for the upper class. It wasn't until 1961 when the building was renovated into a boxing venue and its structure is truly incredible. Despite it's beauty, in 2010 the Blue Horizon shut its doors. The weathered building, which now resembles a forgotten boxing champ, stands as a haunting monument to America's fickle sense of entertainment.
How soon before we're exploring abandoned UFC arenas?