As it’s grown through a larger injection of finances and become more enjoyed by sports fans all over the globe, boxing has caught the attention of some top celebrities. TeamFA are a website that indulge in boxing just as much as these notable followers, even maintaining a section of their site exclusively devoted to covering the sport ahead of all else.
While there’s an extensive list of famous boxing fans, we’ve compiled a shortlist of our ten favorites that epitomize the sport in all its splendor.
Denzel Washington –
With it likely being inspired by his portrayal of Rubin Carter in 1999 film ‘The Hurricane’, Denzel Washington goes to all of the top fights, seen best when attending Mayweather v Hatton in 2007.
Liev Schreiber –
In similarity to Washington’s sudden interest in the sport, LievSchreiber also grew his following of boxing through his work as an actor, starring in 2017 film ‘Chuck’, which was the story of Chuck Wepner, who was the original inspiration for classic boxing saga Rocky.
Sylvester Stallone –
Adding Sylvester Stallone into this list is unsurprisingly the most obvious addition, as he hit a career peak in boxing saga ‘Rocky’ as the lead role. What a lot of fans of the films don’t know is how his love for the sport grew after that, leading Stallone to a side project in self-funded boxing promoting company ‘Tiger Eye Productions’.
Jack Nicholson –
One of Hollywood’s most notable fans, Jack Nicholson is known for the furious roles he plays in a catalogue of films, and clearly matches that in the sport he watches. He even boasted a close friendship with legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, which he spoke of candidly after his dead in 2016.
Michael Bay –
Famous for explosive films packed with action and stunts, it’s no real surprise to see Michael Bay’s name mentioned. A continuing argument with controversial filmmaker Uwe Boll always surpasses any talk of Bay enjoying boxing in any other sense, as Boll had a dispute with Bay, leading to the German hounding the Transformers director over a boxing fight between the two – something that Michael Bay opted to turn down.
Triple H –
Everyone relishes the thought of Triple H enjoying boxing, as it perfectly fits the persona of the professional wrestler. He notably wanted to incorporate boxing and wrestling together, stating last year that Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor should consider battling in the wrestling ring if they can’t settle their differences back in boxing.
Russell Crowe –
Another actor that grew a passion of boxing through starring in a film based around that subject was Russell Crowe, who’s known as one of Hollywood’s tough guys, so suits the hobby more than most. Crowe has an interest in all sports and even considered buying English Championship soccer team Leeds United, but went against the idea when feeling that it’d take up too much of his time and would be suited to someone more experienced.
Will Smith –
One man who regularly attends boxing bouts is Will Smith, who might be known fondly as one of acting’s nice guys but didn’t let that be known during his Best Actor Oscar Nominated performance of legendary boxer Muhammed Ali in ‘Ali’.
Mickey Rourke –
Arguably the most obsessive boxing fan in our list, Mickey Rourke even played out a career as a boxer in the nineties before making a one-off return to the sport in 2014. Rourke is a sports fan through and through and is set to appear as Welsh former rugby player Gareth Thomas in an upcoming biographical film.
Mark Wahlberg –
Nominated for a ton of awards through playing ambitious boxer Micky Ward in 2010 film ‘The Boxer’ was more than just an act for Mark Wahlberg, as he’s always maintained an in-depth interest in practically all areas of sport. He interestingly enough even got himself involved in cricket, becoming an equity interest of the Barbados Tridents cricket franchise, following along a line of similar business ventures.