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How Caesars Palace made Las Vegas the boxing capital of the world

Last updated: October 4, 2016 at 11:20 am. Posted by in Caesars Palace, Caesars Palace 50th Anniversary. 4 Comments on How Caesars Palace made Las Vegas the boxing capital of the world.

We’ve been buzzing with excitement about the new Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama, “Southpaw,” which features a climatic showdown inside the ring at Caesars Palace. The famed Strip resort established Las Vegas as the preeminent destination for championship boxing and hosted some of the sport’s most legendary bouts, as well as such events as “A Night With the Champ,” which honored boxing champion Joe Louis.

We figured now would be the perfect time to take a look back at the legacy and enduring impact of Caesars Palace’s long history with “the sweet science.” So, strap on those gloves and join us in the ring for 12 rounds of boxing history…

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  1. Michael Goldman

    My wife and I, were at Caesar’s on August 5, 1974. (Its 8th anniversary)We had gotten married the day before in Chicago and Caesar’s was the ONLY place to have a honeymoon. We are still married.

  2. Erik Dayton

    What about the F1 races? That was as big as the boxing.

  3. F1 racing was definitely a big part of the sports entertainment history at Caesars Palace. We were just focusing on boxing in this article (inspired by the recent film “Southpaw”). But that’s a great idea for future blogs. Thanks for reading!

  4. Wow, that’s great! Sounds like the honeymoon at Caesars Palace was good luck for a long and lasting marriage. Hope you come back soon!