Boxing is a kind of fistfight in which two athletes fight in the ring. This kind of sport is the oldest sport. Images of people boxing on their fists have been found in the caves of Egypt and Mesopotamia, which were painted around 2000 BC. The ancient drawings depicted not only two participants, but also spectators, which suggests that this was a kind of competition.
Boxing began to develop more rapidly in ancient Greece, where it was included in the ancient Olympic Games. There were no restrictions and rules as such in this sport. This led to the fact that the participants in the battles fought until they lost consciousness or until one of them surrendered. Often such competitions had a deplorable outcome. Indeed, at that time, admitting defeat for an ancient athlete was equated with shame.
Therefore, it was considered better to die fighting in battle than to admit defeat. This discipline of ancient times did not know the power of impact, technique and did not know the concept of “rounds”. At first, the athletes fought with their bare hands, but when it became clear that much more injuries were inflicted in this way, they began to improve the equipment.
Of course, there were no boxing gloves, but the athletes came up with wrapping leather bands around their fists to soften the blow. Later, metal inserts were added to the leather bands for a stronger impact. Gradually, the technique changed and the rules of combat also improved, as did the sport itself.
Rules of modern kind of sport
The founders of modern boxing are the British. And to be more precise, James Figg, who became the first champion in this sport. After this victory, there were quite a few who wanted to master fisticuffs. So Figg decided to open a school of hand-to-hand combat and teach this sport to other people.
The fight consists of 12 rounds, followed by a referee. Each of the bouts lasts 3 minutes. After each of them, boxers have the opportunity to rest for 1 minute. The winner is the one who knocks down a colleague who cannot get up and resume the fight, that is, knock him out. if this does not happen, then the winner is determined by the judging staff using the points that they considered throughout the fight.
In fact, there are a lot of subtleties in boxing that only the boxer himself and the judges know.
What is a boxing ring
The boxing ring has its own standards. The size of the ring must be a minimum of 4.90 meters one side inside the ropes, and a maximum of 6.10 meters, depending on the level of competition. Mandatory is the podium, on which the ring itself must be located with a height of 91cm to 1.22 meters.
In general, the ring should be equipped in such a way that boxers do not inflict additional injuries on themselves outside of the fight. An important role is played by the coverage of the ring. The floor should be made of rubber or other non-slip and resilient material, and the floor should be tightly covered with tarpaulin.