Boxing is a sport where two people engage in a duel, and one of them has to out beat the other in order to become a winner. American boxing started way back during the industrial revolution.
It was brought to the US from England. Though now the game of boxing has a proper ring for the fight, a referee as well as rules to be followed, in the olden days this was not the case.
The ring was formed by the spectators themselves, and there were no rules or referee. The match would not be considered over until one of them is knocked out totally. There were no categories for different weights, and the boxers could even throw their opponents, besides kicking and choking them.
There used to be boxing bouts between Black American and Latin American boxers. These bouts were of vital importance because in those days the slaves used to take part in the boxing bouts, and winning these bouts would result in their freedom. As these bouts became more acceptable and common, some basic rules such as avoid hitting below the belt and 30 second rest periods between rounds were introduced. But the actual set of rules was laid down in 1866 by Marquis of Queensberry. These included wearing gloves, 3 minute rounds, one minute rest period, ten seconds recovery period after being knocked down, and also total ban of wrestling in the boxing bouts.
Later, the National Boxing Association was formed by representatives of thirteen states in 1921, and it became the responsibility of this body to ensure that rules were being stringently followed. This sport is very popular today with its fair share of fan following.
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