Boxing is a sport which involves two people fighting one another with their fists. The participants wear protective gloves and fight for a period which is already pre-set inside a venue called a boxing ring. A person is declared a winner by the referee if the opponent is unable to continue fighting or breaks a rule, or throws in the towel as a sign of resignation.
Boxing can be traced to Sumerian relief carvings where the earliest known depictions of the sport were done in the third millennium BC. Boxers and spectators were also found in Egyptian relief sculptures in 1350 BC. These depictions of boxing were bare-fisted with a simple band supporting the wrist. Boxing can also be traced in Babylonia and Assyria from the second millennium BC when the boxers were either fighting without gloves or had bands on their wrists as well. Gloves were first used in Minoan Crete, where the earliest evidence of their use is found.
Introduction of Boxing in the Olympics
In ancient Greece, boxing gained popularity, and it was first introduced in the Olympic Games in the 23rd Olympiad in 688 BC. Protective gloves were not used then and instead, the boxers used thongs made of leather which were wound around their fists. There was no predetermined time or rounds; hence, the boxers fought until one was defeated and acknowledged it. Also, there was no weight category; thus, heavyweights dominated the sport.
Boxing has evolved to become one of the largest and most popular sports today. There is a well-defined set of rules of the game, and there is an emphasis on the skills and safety of the boxers. The introduction of weight categories ensured heavyweight boxers do not dominate. Modern boxing has become a distinguished and well-paying career which is attracting young people aspiring to be professional boxers.