THE FIRST BOXING MATCH EVER
Hand to hand combat has existed since the beginning of time where even back in the cave man days disputes would be settled by fighting. Paintings in ancient Iraq showed subjects to be in a boxing stance exchanging punches
It garnered in greater popularity and was first introduced in the 23rd Olympics in ancient Greece where fighters would wrap their hands with leather thongs to protect their knuckles very much like today’s hand wraps. There were no rounds and the only way to win was if your opponent gave up, weight classes were also non-existent so the bigger man would usually win.
THE TERM RING
In ancient Rome, fighters would wrap the same leather thongs and put metal studs to inflict more damage on their opponent. Often times it was a fight until death, but slave owners quickly saw that their fighters could be worth more alive than dead.
To train, they marked a circle on the floor and appropriately called it a ring, Because the brutally in these match was so grotesque it was abolished in 393 AD.
16th CENTURY LONDON
On January 6, 1661, Christopher Monck the 2nd Duke of Albemarle organized a fight between his butler and his butcher, with the butcher winning the earnings. During this period matches between men still had no rules, much like in the ancient times. Things such as headbutts, eye gouging, rabbit punching, chocking, and hard throws, were permissible. It was very much like a street fight. No weight limits, weight classes or referee.
THE FIRST RULES
Because of the barbarity of the fights the first boxing rules were implemented in 1743 by Jack Broughton to help protect fighters, as deaths were not uncommon.
There was a 30-second count instead of a ten, no hitting below the waist much like today, and no hitting a down fighter. Also, those sparring or fighting an exhibition had to wear a padded bandage or mitten, which was a modern day boxing glove for the time.
QUEENS BERRY RULES
It wouldn’t be until 1867 where the Marques of Queensberry rules written by John Chambers would stand as what we know in the boxing world today as the standard rules in the sport. Such as a 24 ft. square ring, three-minute rounds with one-minute rest, and ten seconds to recover after a knockdown.
Gloves were also introduced which would change the way fighters would fight. No longer would they stick to the conventional stand of having their arms stretched with their thumbs pointing to the sky, but they would turn their wrist up and stand with the stance that most fighters use today.