The History Of Boxing
by Naldo Camarones
Boxing has become one of the most celebrated sports of our time.
With big name matches being held in glamorous locations like
Las Vegas, it attracts the interest of media world wide as well
as the attention of boxing enthusiasts.
The history of boxing shows us that the sport is basically the
same as when it was first introduced. Granted some of the aspects
have evolved considerably since then. However, the basic premise
remains largely the same.
To trace the history of boxing to its roots we need to go back
to North Africa during 4000 BC. Another place that participated
in boxing early on was the Mediterranean during 1500 BC.
The first documented evidence of boxing was in Greece in 900
BC, when a ruler found the practice of watching two men beat
each other entertaining. The difference between this early form
of boxing and the boxing we enjoy today is that the ruler, a
man named Theseus, allowed the boxing match to continue until
one of the opponents was killed.
The history of boxing also indicates a very big difference in
the attire worn by the boxers during the beginning of the sport
and the safety equipment required today. Early boxers wore nothing
except for padding on their arms and a pair of unpadded gloves.
Boxing was one of the first Olympic sports. It was part of the
competition at the 668 BC Olympic Games. The competitors wore
clothing but instead of gloves their hands were covered with
leather straps that were designed to protect them from injury.
Looking at the more recent history of boxing we see that in
1681 in London the first bare-knuckled prize fight was fought.
Very similar to the early fights that occurred in Greece, this
type of boxing didn't afford any type of protection for the
As the name indicates they fought with their bare hands. Throwing
punches directly to the body and the head of their opponents.
This continued for many years and in 1743 the first set of documented
rules were introduced. This was done mainly to prevent the deaths
that had been occurring during the matches.
The rules stated that if a man fell and didn't get up after
a period of 30 seconds the boxing match would be over. It was
also during this period that boxing gloves with padding were
introduced and required.
Reviewing the history of boxing shows that the sport rose in
popularity and championships with prize money were soon formed.
This eventually graduated into the introduction of amateur boxing
which is what we see during the Olympic Games today.
In amateur boxing the focus is mainly on landing punches that
will score you points. The competitors are not as concerned
with landing a knock-out as professional boxers are.
Throughout the recent history of boxing many amateur boxers,
after competing in the Olympic Games will progress to the world
of professional boxing. With the prize money many times in the
millions of dollars and the endorsement deals exceeding that,
it's a lucrative career move.