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What is Boxing (Sport)?

Boxing is a martial art/combat sport in which two fighters exchange punches. Generally speaking the fight/match is broken down into rounds. A winner is declared if the other fighter is unable to continue (because he has been rendered unconscious or a referee declares the fighter is unable to continue) or if the allotted time for the fight is over, and the judges declare a winner. A fighter’s corner can also throw a towel into the ring in order to signal a defeat.

Boxing is a sanctioned and Olympic sport. Many of the top boxers in the US have a history of Olympic participation. Notable examples include Oscar DeLa Hoya, Roy Jones Jr, Floyd Mayweather and George Foreman.

Boxing History

While people have no doubt punching each other since time immemorial, what we recognize as boxing has its in Ancient Greece as part of their Olympic games (though ancient Sumerian and Mesopotamian reliefs depict fighters engaging in what appears to be “boxing” long before this). However, from its

Boxing’s current format largely evolved in Britain from the 16th to the 18th century (dubbed “prizefighting”) and was often an underground event. Prizefighting would naturally be brought to the United States. Over time, boxing’s rules would evolve and the sport would achieve the legitimacy we see today.

Major sanctioning bodies include:

  • International Boxing Federation (IBF)
  • World Boxing Association (WBA)
  • World Boxing Council (WBC)
  • World Boxing Organization (WBO)

Notable boxers over the last few decades include:

  • Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Muhammed Ali
  • William Frazier
  • Sugar Ray Leonard
  • Roberto Duran
  • Marvin Hagler
  • Pernell Whitaker
  • Julio Cesar Chavez
  • Oscar DeLa Hoya
  • Manny Pacquiao
  • Floyd Mayweather
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