Olympic History

Olympic Sport: Boxing

Boxing

Boxing takes place at the Riocentro – Pavilion 6 from August 6 – 21

In the Beginning There Was Boxing

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.

Women’s boxing made its Olympic debut at the 2012 London Games

Roman Times

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.

Olympic events are Middleweight 69-75 kg; Lightweight 57 – 60kg; Flyweight 48-51kg

Amateur Boxing

With the fall of the Roman Empire, boxing came to an abrupt end. It resurfaced in 17th century England, and organized 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.

Women have to wear protective headgear while the men will not in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

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.

Nicole Adams GBR (Flyweight) Katie Taylor IRE (Lightweight) and Clarissa Shields USA (Middleweight) are the first Olympic Gold Medalists in Boxing from the London 2012 Games

Since its inclusion in the Olympic program, 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: standardized point scoring.

 

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