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Tokyo 2020 Boxing Qualifications

Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event

The Boxing Road to Tokyo continues with five Boxing Qualifying Events for the Olympic Games. Watch them live streamed on the Olympic Channel.

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Boxing is a sport with an ancient history. It was introduced to the ancient Olympic Games in the 7th century BC.

In the beginning

The earliest evidence of boxing dates back to Egypt around 3000 BC. The sport was introduced to the ancient Olympic Games by the Greeks in the late 7th century BC, when soft leather thongs were used to bind boxers’ hands and forearms for protection.

Roman developments

Later, in Rome, leather thongs were exchanged for the cestus – a glove studded with metal. Unfortunately this did not help the gladiators involved, as boxing matches of the era usually ended with the death of one or other contestant.

Amateur boxing

With the fall of the Roman Empire, boxing came to an abrupt end. It resurfaced in 17th century England, and organised amateur boxing officially began in 1880. Originally only five weight classes were contested: 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.

Olympic history

When boxing made its Olympic debut at the 1904 Games in St Louis, it was the USA, the only country entered, which took all the medals. Later, the Americans continued to dominate boxing, winning 109 medals (including 48 gold) out of the 842 up for grabs, closely followed by the Cubans and Russians.

Since its inclusion in the Olympic programme, boxing has been staged at each edition of the Games, except in 1912 in Stockholm, owing to Swedish law, which forbade the practice.
The rules have evolved since the 1980s: 1984 in Los Angeles: protective helmet obligatory; 1992 in Barcelona: set-up of an electronic scoring system to strengthen the objectivity of refereeing; 2007: standardised point scoring.

Women’s boxing will make its debut at the 2012 London Games in London. The current 11 men’s events will be replaced by 10 men’s and 3 women’s events.

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Boxing - 49kg Light Fly weight Men
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Boxing - 49kg Light Fly weight Men

Silver medalist Yuberjen Herney Martinez of Colombia, gold medalists Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan and joint bronze medalists Nico Miguel Hernandez of the United States and Joahnys Cuba Argilagos of Cuba pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's Boxing Light Fly Weight (46-49kg) Final on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 6 on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Boxing - 46-49kg Men - Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Highlights of the Boxing - 46-49kg (Light Fly Weight) Men on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavillon 6 on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Boxing - 91kg Heavy weight Men
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Boxing - 91kg Heavy weight Men

Erislandy Savon of Cuba and Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan trade punches in the Men's Heavy Weight (91 Kg) Semifinal 2 on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympics at Riocentro - Pavilion 6 on August 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Boxing - 49kg Light Fly weight Men
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Boxing - 49kg Light Fly weight Men

Yurberjen Herney Martinez of Colombia lands a left shot on Joahnys Argilagos of Cuba during the Men's Light Fly Weight (46-49Kg) Semifinal 1 on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 6 on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Boxing - 60kg Light weight Women
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Boxing - 60kg Light weight Women

Hasnaa Lachgar of Morocco lands a left shot on Junhua Yin of the People's Republic of China during the Women's Light Weight (57-60Kg) Preliminaries on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 6 on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Boxing - 49kg Light Fly weight Men
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Boxing - 49kg Light Fly weight Men

Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan and Nico Miguel Hernandez of USA trade punches during the Men's Light Fly Weight (46-49Kg) Semifinal 2 on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 6 on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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