Boxing is a sport that has been around for centuries, but only in the past few decades have scientists been able to study it from an objective standpoint. With this newfound ability to look at boxing scientifically has come new discoveries about the sport that were previously with Full Report not widespread knowledge. In light of this new information.
Here are five things you probably didn’t know about boxing:
1) Boxing was illegal for over 300 years in the UK
Boxing has been around since at least the Roman occupation of Britain, but Boxing was seen as a barbaric sport that would inevitably lead to riots. Boxing was outlawed in the UK way back in 1743. Boxing took another hit when Jack Broughton introduced his ‘Rules of Combat’ which included banning things like hitting people when they are down and stamping on their chests with both feet.
Boxing remained illegal in the UK until 1860 when John Sholto Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry introduced a set of rules that we still use today and Boxing slowly became a popular sport.
2) Boxing is actually a misnomer
Boxing has been around for so long that it’s name has become part of our everyday language. Boxing is what people do when they are fighting, but boxers don’t actually use their fists to attack each other with. The sport of Boxing uses padded gloves that protect the hands and head, whereas fists are often used in street fights which isn’t Boxing at all.
3) Boxing is safer than many people think
A lot of people are put off Boxing because they think it is extremely dangerous. Boxing injuries are common, but Boxing actually compares favourably to many other sports when it comes to injury rates. Professional Boxing has become safer over time as the head gear was removed and Boxing gloves became smaller.
Even amateur Boxing is far less dangerous than generally believed because boxers wear head guards and they can only use their hands to strike with. Boxing is one of the safest contact sports around, so don’t be put off by thoughts that it’s dangerous.
4) Boxing has been an Olympic sport three times
Boxing was introduced as a demonstration sport at the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis but didn’t appear as an official sport until the 1920 Olympic Games. Boxing has been an Olympic sport three times; in 1904, 1908 and 1912. The Boxing program was quite different back then because Boxing only consisted of four weight divisions: featherweight, lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight.
Since 1992 Boxing hasn’t appeared as an Olympic sport due to opposition from other powerful sports bodies. Boxing finally made it back onto the Olympic schedule for the 2016 games in Rio, but only as an optional sport which means athletes are free to choose what events they wish to compete in.
5) The first Boxing world champion was American
John L Sullivan is widely cited as the first Boxing world champion, but he didn’t actually win a Boxing match to earn that title. Boxing has always been a sport run by the state, so Boxing world champions are decided on who holds the belt at any one time. Sullivan won the honour of being called Boxing world champion because he was given the belt after retiring undefeated.
Boxing titles have always been attributed to where their current holder is from or resides rather than who won them in Boxing matches against other Boxing world champions. Since the belt became vacant after John L Sullivan retired undefeated Boxing has become more competitive and Boxing championship matches pit World Boxing Association title holders against International Boxing Federation title holders or what have you.