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Combat-sport in which two people engage in a contest using only their fists

  • Boxing is also called pugilism.
  • There are two forms of boxing - amateur and professional.
  • Amateur boxing is an Olympic sport since its introduction in the 1904 Summer Olympic Games.
  • Boxing was not part of the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, because Swedish law banned the sport at the time.
  • The 2008 Summer Olympics was the final games with boxing as a male only event.
  • It has been a Commonwealth Games sport since the inaugural edition of the event's precursor, the 1930 British Empire Games.
  • It is supervised by a referee over a series of between one to three minute intervals called rounds
  • The result is decided when an opponent is deemed incapable to continue match by a referee or if an opponent is disqualified for breaking a rule, resigning by throwing in a towel, or by judges' scorecards at the end of the bout.
  • Boxing as a sport dates back to ancient Greeks who made it part of Olympic games as early as 688 BC.
  • Onomastos Smyrnaios is the first winner in Olympic boxing of ancient Greek.
  • In Ancient Greek culture, the god, Apollo, was regarded as the inventor and guardian of the sport of boxing.
  • The most prolific boxer in history was Great Britain's Len Wickwar who, between 1928 and 1947, fought 463 bouts. He also holds the records for the most wins (336) and most losses (127) of any boxer.
  • Archie Moore holds the record for most knockouts during a career -- a staggering 141.
  • Boxing Day, a holiday celebrated on the day after Christmas in former British Commonwealth nations (e.g. Australia, Canada and South Africa), has nothing whatsoever to do with the sport of boxing. It is a day when the churches open their poor boxes for donations that day.
  • The youngest boxer to win a title is Wilfred Benitez at 17
  • The most heavyweight title defenses is 25 by Joe Louis.
  • The record for most first round KO's is held by Wilfred Benitez.
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