This is an excerpt from an article I wrote for Romance Junkies, published on July 13, 2015. Why do men like boxing? I think it’s the same reason they used to gather behind the school at lunchtime when they were 10 years old. They wished they were the toughie giving the school bully a good whooping. They like watching a good fistfight. I understand that, but why do women love boxing?
In my case, many people have asked why I chose to write about a boxer in my debut romance book, “In His Corner,” published by Lyrical Press. Football, baseball, hockey, and even mixed martial arts heroes are popular in romance, but I chose a boxer instead.
Why Boxers Make Great Romantic Heroes
In my book, 22-year-old Tommy Raines, also known as the Juggernaut, is an Olympic gold-medalist boxer. He gets knocked out at first sight by the beautiful ER doctor, Siena Carr, who treats his cut. There were factors unrelated to boxing that inspired me to write the character, but the bottom line—a boxing hero is hot! Here are the reasons why.
- Boxers are quintessential alpha males.
- Boxers combine aggression with discipline.
- Boxers embody the “Rocky” phenomenon.
- Boxers take the ultimate risk.
- Boxing and boxers are exciting.