ESPN ranks the sports & Boxing is #1 & MMA #6

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http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/sportSkills

We sized them up. We measured them, top to bottom. We've done our own Tale of the Tape, and we've come to a surprising conclusion. Pound for pound, the toughest sport in the world is . . .

Boxing.

The Sweet Science.

That's the sport that demands the most from the athletes who compete in it. It's harder than football, harder than baseball, harder than basketball, harder than hockey or soccer or cycling or skiing or fishing or billiards or any other of the 60 sports we rated.

In Page 2's Ultimate Degree of Difficulty Grid, boxing scores higher than them all.

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They're the ones who told us that boxing is the most demanding sport -- and that fishing is the least demanding sport.

We identified 10 categories, or skills, that go into athleticism, and then asked our eight panelists to assign a number from 1 to 10 to the demands each sport makes of each of those 10 skills. By totalling and averaging their responses, we arrived at a degree-of-difficulty number for each sport on a 1 to 100 scale. That number places the difficulty of performing each sport in context with the other sports we rated.

On the grid below, click on each sortable category to find out how our 60 sports rank in each skill. A glossary key is included at the bottom of the grid that explains each category.

So put on the gloves, get in the ring and let the roundhouse hooks begin.

  1. Boxing
  2. Ice Hockey
  3. Football
  4. Basketball
  5. Wrestling
  6. Martial Arts
  7. Tennis
  8. Gymnastics
  9. Baseball/Softball
  10. Soccer
 

Chino Kapone

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Well.... yeah. Don't most pro boxers start training at 3-4 years old? Shit has to be embedded in their life from practically birth.

In wrestling the top wrestlers I would wrestle were usually the ones that started at 5 and younger. You could see the growth in their conditioning and game of a lot of wrestlers year in and year out.
 
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MMA is not number 6. Martial Arts is number 6.

Once again MMA is snubbed by ESPN.
 
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I'm not sure what all goes in to Boxing or MMA, but based on their definition of "Tough", I'd put everything above MMA.
Tennis is hard as shit to be the best... Same with baseball and soccer.

Just as someone who sees MMA highlights online or on tv, I feel like someone like Kimbo Slice can go from beating up people in his backyard onto an MMA card.
Whereas if you're going to play on the Tennis tour, you've gotta be playing 5 hours a day at age 3
 

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I'm not sure what all goes in to Boxing or MMA, but based on their definition of "Tough", I'd put everything above MMA.
Tennis is hard as shit to be the best... Same with baseball and soccer.

Just as someone who sees MMA highlights online or on tv, I feel like someone like Kimbo Slice can go from beating up people in his backyard onto an MMA card.
Whereas if you're going to play on the Tennis tour, you've gotta be playing 5 hours a day at age 3
True. Someone with a year of training could get lucky and catch someone in a fight. you aren't going to beat a pro tennis player, not even a mediocre one, that fast.
 

UCJOE

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I'm not sure what all goes in to Boxing or MMA, but based on their definition of "Tough", I'd put everything above MMA.
Tennis is hard as shit to be the best... Same with baseball and soccer.

Just as someone who sees MMA highlights online or on tv, I feel like someone like Kimbo Slice can go from beating up people in his backyard onto an MMA card.
Whereas if you're going to play on the Tennis tour, you've gotta be playing 5 hours a day at age 3
Cannot argue that
 

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X2 on boxing. A boxer will fuck up if they momentarily break from training during anytime between matches, even at the top of their game.
 

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I would say cycling is the hardest to be champion in

have any of you ridden a bike since you got your license?

it ain't as easy as it was when you were a kid

must have gotten harder to peddle a bike ;)
 
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I would say cycling is the hardest to be champion in

have any of you ridden a bike since you got your license?

it ain't as easy as it was when you were a kid

must have gotten harder to peddle a bike ;)

I think cycling you gain and lose the fastest.

I started riding about 3 years ago, it had been about 18 years since i'd rode. That first month I had to have a death grip on the handles and was lucky to go five miles. After that it was no hands not even to turn. After 2 months it was 20 miles 3 times a week.

Jacked up my knee, couldn't ride for 3 months, and it was like i'd never ridden a bike at all again. Couldn't even let go the handles to wave.
 

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"Swimming is not a sport. Swimming is a way to keep from drowning."
George Carlin
 

Norm Stansfield

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I'll go with cycling at nr. 1 by a landslide, then gymnastics, rowing, boxing, weightlifting, some forms of skiing, long distance running, triathlon and MMA as the toughest sports to practice professionally.

As for the toughest sport to become the best at, the ones with the most competitors are the toughest, obviously. So it's soccer at nr. 2, and the 100/200 meter dash at nr. 1. Sprinting isn't the most watched sport, but it's something pretty much every kid tries out, so it's pretty much guaranteed that anyone on Earth with real talent is going to compete for the nr 1 spot.

Soccer is nr. 2 because a majority of kids around the world also give it a shot early on. But not as many as sprinting.
 

UCJOE

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what is with the use of "nr"?
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I would have to say that boxing is up there with basketball and soccer. MMA is way down the list because it's a new sport. In 10 or 15 years MMA could be considered a competitive sport but right now it's one of the worst.

Hockey is just played in a few countries. I don't know what they're thinking?

swimming and cycling are white sports and middle class sports so they're no very competitive at all.
 

Chino Kapone

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I'd like to throw one out there... Skateboarding. It's a demanding sport that is tough as hell to get good at. Millions of kids can do a kickflip, but over a set of stairs is insane.