History of Boxing

History of Boxing

Believe it or not, the official name of boxing isn't really boxing but PUGILISM means “Practice and Skills of Fighting with Fists''.

Boxing is one of the earliest antiquities like Stone cravings today and sculptures depicting 2,000-year-old paintings on Egyptian tombs show that the Sumerians, who lived in present-day Iraq, were used to Box and Combat Sports almost 5,000 years ago.

Greeks are considered pioneers for making Boxing more lethal and competitive by adding different equipment like Metal Shields and Leather ​​The first mortal Olympic boxer appears to have been Onomastus of Smyrna being the first historic Olympic victor in the sport of boxing at the 23rd Olympiad, 688 BCE. Straps during fighting. Due to its ferocious nature, death rate and savagery Boxing was abolished in 393 A.D.


Boxing was revived in London only at the beginning of the 16th century. You see, the English aristocracy developed a great interest in restoring the wisdom and traditions of old days, so boxing became a means of resolving disputes between the rich. Wealthy patrons supported their fighters and made big bets on their struggles.

Jack Broughton who was reigning champion from 1734 to 1758 is regarded as Father of Modern Boxing. He introduced and invented Mufflers for fighting which were later come to be known as Boxing Gloves. He started the first ever Boxing School and formulated Set of Rules for Boxing. He also encroached and invited young men from different backgrounds to Fight themselves instead of investing or betting.

In the 19th century, Boxing was introduced in the United States of America and was not very popular. It was, however, heavily advocated by Thodore Rosselvelt who saw boxing as a way to vent out your inner animal. It is stated that Mr. Roosevelt used to box since his Police days and almost box everyday till later years. Boxing becomes popular as a professional combat sport under careful guidelines and rules to protect fighters.

Types and Techniques:

Did you know that boxing has two forms, amateur and professional?

 Amateur boxing, which became an Olympic sport in 1908, is very different, consisting only of 3-4 rounds. Points in amateur boxing are awarded based on the number of clean punches thrown, regardless of the hit. Fighters are trained in protective headgear to reduce the risk of head injury, and strikes to the hips, kidneys, and behind the head are strictly prohibited.

Professional boxing consists of 12-rounds and  excludes all forms of protective equipment. Boxers have complete freedom in combat, as only punches below the belt are prohibited.

Most Heavy Weight Tittle Defense:

Joseph Louis Barrow, aka “Brown Bomber,” was a professional boxer who fought from 1934-1951. Barrow was the world heavyweight champion for over ten years, from 1937-1949, defending his title in 26 fights. Today, Barrow is regarded as one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. 

 Most Expensive Fight 

The most expensive fight that has ever taken place in the history of boxing was between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on May 3, 2015. Floyd won by unanimous decision. His fee was a whopping $120 million while Manny received $80 million for the fight. 

Use of Mouthguards:

In 1902, a London dentist, Jack Marles, invented the first boxing mask. The mouthpieces were designed to be worn during training to protect the fighters ’teeth. Welter weightlifter Ted "Kid" Lewis was the first boxer to wear such a mask in the ring in 1913. Since then, mouthguards have been very popular and appreciated in boxing.

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