My dad and I would watch Friday Night Fights broadcast live from Madison Square Garden on our old black and white TV in the late 50's until he died in 61.
By then I had already heard of one of my uncle's exploits in boxing while in the Navy during WWII. He was a fleet champion around flyweight at the time and when he got discharged he would often box in shows around our home town in what were known as "smokers"------more or less underground stuff and not sanctioned events.
Boxing was still in its heyday when I was a kid around my town with many gyms featuring both amateur and pro boxers and there were boxing shows a few times a month locally. Now, pfffftt, not much boxing going on at all for the past 15 years or more.