Boxing History

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Boxing became an Olympic game

688 B.C

The ancient Greeks believed fist fighting was one of the games played by the gods on Olympus; thus it became part of the Olympic Games.

Early years of Boxing

400 B.C.

Date back to the Roman and Greek times, when two fighters would box with metal gloves with spikes usually to the death.

First documented "boxing match"

1681

The Duke of Albemarle engineered a bout between his butler and his butcher.

Bareknuckle Era

1743

The second heavyweight champion, Jack Broughton of England, drew his own set of rules for his own fights.They outlawed some of the gorier aspects that the sport had acquired, such as hitting below the belt line. Instead of a ring of spectators hence, the name ring Broughton insisted upon a squared-off area.

Boxing Revived

1800

Became especially popular during the championship reign of James Figg, who held the heavyweight title from 1719 through 1730.

Modern Era

1866

The Marquess of Queensberry gave his support to a new set of rules, which were named in his honor. These rules limited the number of 3-minute rounds, eliminated gouging and wrestling, and made the use of gloves mandatory.

African Americans in Boxing

1900

Black American boxers persecution lasted until the “Great Depression” of 1929. In 1937 the black boxer Joe Louis won the World Champion title among heavyweight boxers and became one of the most noted boxers.Jack Johnson, who became the first black champion among heavyweight boxers in 1908. Due to racism the participation of black Americans in the world boxing championships was highly hindered

Hispanics in boxing

1902

Panama Al Brown was a bantamweight boxer from Panama who made history by becoming boxing's first hispanic world champion. Brown was a native of the city of Colon.Brown fought during the early 20th century, a period in which boxing records were not well kept. He is said to have fought professionally 164 times.