Boxing is the sport that demands 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 rated in an ESPN study.
A panel of experts made up of sports scientists from the United States Olympic Committee, of academicians who study the science of muscles and movement, of a star two-sport athlete, and of journalists who spend their professional lives watching athletes succeed and fail told us that boxing is the most demanding sport – and that fishing is the least demanding sport (what a surprise!).
Ten categories, or skills, that go into athleticism were identified: endurance, strength, power, speed, agility, flexibility, nerve, durability, hand-eye coordination, and analytic aptitude. Experts were then asked to assign a number from 1 to 10 to the demands each sport makes of each of those 10 skills. The results were totaled, and boxing was determined to be the most demanding sport.