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The History Of Boxing By: Shawn Royster

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The History Of BoxingBoxing, often called "the manly art of self-defense," is a sport in which two competitors try to hit each other with their glove or encased fists while trying to avoid each other's blows. The competition is divided into a specified number of rounds, usually 3 minutes long, with 1-minute rest periods between rounds. Although amateur boxing is widespread, professional boxing has flourished on an even grander scale since the early 18th century. Before the competitors used gloves, they would fight with bare-fists. Boxing goes all the way back into the ancient Greek times. They greeks believed that boxing was a game done by the gods,so they made it part of their olympic games ...view middle of the document...

The length of championship fights would be 12 rounds. In most countries, professional boxing is the more popular version, but the rules vary because there is no true governing body. Even in the United States, boxing regulations vary from state to state. In all boxing, however, winners are determined either by a decision of the judges (who keep points), the referee, or both. The winner also may be decided by a knockout, in which one competitor is knocked to the floor by a punch and cannot get up within 10 seconds. A doctor or referee can declare the boxer injured or defenseless even if there is no knockdown. A tied or even match is ruled a draw. Gloves have been worn by boxers since 1892. Gloves are made of leather, have no finger holes except for the thumb, and weigh from 8 oz for amateur bouts down to 6 oz for professional.Since the popularity of boxing began to grow since those many years ago, especially in the United States, there grew to be weight classes. Right now there are 8 different classes which are: flyweight (up to 112 lb); bantamweight (118 lb); featherweight (126 lb); lightweight (135 lb); welterweight (147 lb); middleweight (160 lb); light heavyweight (175 lb); and heavyweight (unlimited). There are also junior-weights which is a weight class for kids training to box when they are older.Though boxing is very popular with people, this sport has a very controversal history because of its violent nature, and with betting....

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