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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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Buenos Aires 2018 - Boxing - Women’s Feather (54 to 57kg)
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Boxing - Women’s Feather (54 to 57kg)

Jennifer Yazmin Carrillo Carrillo MEX and Panpatchara Somnuek THA compete in the Gold Medal Boutin the Boxing Womens Feather (54 to 57kg) in the Oceania Pavilion, Youth Olympic Park during The Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday 17th October 2018.
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Boxing - Men’s Welter (up to 69kg)
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Boxing - Men’s Welter (up to 69kg)

Brian Agustin Arregui ARG and Yassine Elouarz MAR compete in the Gold Medal Bout of the Boxing Mens Welter (up to 69kg) in the Oceania Pavilion, Youth Olympic Park during The Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday 17th October 2018.
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Boxing - Men’s Super Heavy (above 91kg)
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Boxing - Men’s Super Heavy (above 91kg)

Ahmed Elsawy Awad Elbaz EGY and Tethluach Chuol CAN compete in the Bronze Medal Bout of the Boxing Mens Super Heavy (above 91kg) in the Oceania Pavilion, Youth Olympic Park during The Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday 17th October 2018.
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Boxing - Men’s Fly (up to 52kg)
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Buenos Aires 2018 - Boxing - Men’s Fly (up to 52kg)

Luiz Gabriel Do Nascimento Chalot BRA after the Bronze Medal Bout against Dean Patrick Clancy IRL in the Boxing Mens Fly (up to 52kg) at Oceania Pavilion, Youth Olympic Park. The Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday 17th October 2018.
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Muhammad Ali receives lost gold medal

Muhammad Ali receives a replacement for the gold medal he won in boxing in the 1960 Olympics.
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Owens spirit bestowed on Ali

Mohammad Ali's widow Lonnie speaks of character of both men as she accepts first Jesse Owens Olympic Spirit Award on behalf of the boxer.
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