Boxing History

Events

Boxing Origins

Approx. 3000 B.C.

The earliest evidence of boxing was in Egypt at around 3000 B.C.

Ancient Olympic Games

Approx. 700 B.C.

Greeks participated in boxing matches in the ancient Olympic Games and used leather thongs to bind the hands and forearms.

Boxing in Rome

Approx. 27 B.C. - Approx. 400 C.E.

Boxers now used cestus' which were leather thongs usually with metal bits or spikes within them. These were essentially ancient brass knuckles which caused the sport to be much more intense then the Greeks. The fights generally ended in the death of the other contestant.

End of Boxing in Rome

Approx. 400 C.E.

Emperor Theodoric the Great banned as he disapproved of the deaths it caused, and of its use as a form of violent entertainment.

Revival of Boxing

Approx. 1600

After Rome's fall, the sport disappeared until the 17th century in England.

Amateur Boxing

1880

Organized amateur boxing began with five weight classes: Bantam, not exceeding 54 kilos; Feather, not exceeding 57 kilos; Light, not exceeding 63.5 kilos; Middle, not exceeding 73 kilos; and Heavy, any weight.

Boxing Olympic Debut

1904

First debut in the 1904 Saint Louis games. The U.S. was the only country that entered and took all the medals. America continued to dominate in the sport.

The Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur founded

1920

Boxing association that dealt with official regulations and rulings founded.

Women's Boxing

2012

Women's boxing debuts in the Olympics for the first time with three events/weight classes: 48 to 51 KG (Fly weight),
57 to 60 KG (Light weight), and
69 to 75 KG (Middle weight).