Boxing is a type of combat sport that involves two contenders or approximately the same structure in terms of weight and height fight one another with only their fists. This sports form bears it earliest resemblance with the Minoan, Sumerian or Egyptian contest of fist fighting, as found in many of their reliefs.
Organized boxing was seen to develop from the time of the ancient Greeks. Records show that the ancient Greeks were the first people to formalize this sport by organizing several events and tournaments with these professional boxers. Boxing as a sport was formally introduced in the realm of the Olympics approximately around 688BC.
Europe is said to be the birthplace of modern day boxing, i.e. boxing as we know it today. Modern boxing sees the game being supervised by a referee who is engaged in the event during the rounds to see that the game is being played in a fair manner. A knock out, technical knockout or an injury that does not permit the player from continuing the game determines the winner.
Over the years there are different styles and forms of boxing that have evolved. As the sport became popular across the globe, different countries assigned their special names with their variation of boxing. Some of the popular styles of boxing are Thai boxing, French Boxing, Burmese Boxing, English Boxing etc. However, modern boxing does not allow kicking, something that is practices in some of the styles that are listed.
This popular sports form developed from the Greek and the Roman times. It however degenerated after the fall of the Roman Empire but was resurrected in England around the 12th century and again continued to rise in popularity. Initially controlled by money mostly in the 17th to the 19th century, participants played for cash rewards, viewers bet on the players to make money and the promoters of the game controlled the gates.
In 1908 boxing made a comeback in the organized sports world with amateur boxing being declared an Olympic event in 1908. Modern boxing then came into sports news when two distinct platforms were made for this sport; that of amateur boxing and professional boxing. Amateur boxing is more of a collegiate level sport but finds a place in the Olympic and Commonwealth games. The number of rounds in amateur boxing is fewer and shorter than professional boxing.
Also the scores are mostly based on the number of clear blows landed in the opponent than any actual physical damage caused. Professional boxing on the other hand go on for much longer and have almost twelve rounds and is more tough in its nature. Professional boxers are not allowed to wear any head gear, unlike amateur boxers, and are prone to more injuries and physical damage. The referee though is the controller and can stop a fight in the event of a boxer being unable to defend himself because of a serious physical injury.
Today news for boxing consists of more than just inside reviews of the games being played, but also consist of interviews, details of upcoming fights, schedules, rankings and player interviews.