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Boxing History

Boxing may have taken place for thousands of years, evidence dates back to about 4000 BC and there is evidence of boxing in Greece from as early as 1500 BC. Boxing was also documented during Roman times until it was banned in 500 AD.

In 688 BC a form of boxing was first accepted as an Olympic sport by the ancient Greeks and was included in the ancient games.

Recorded instances of boxing did not appear again until 1681 when reports of bare-knuckle fighting first appeared in England. The first attempt to regulate the sport was made in 1743 when the London Prize Ring Rules were introduced in an attempt to reduce the number of deaths occurring in the sport.

The boxing rules of modern boxing were first laid down in England in 1867 in the form of the Marques of Queensbury rules

The rules introduced:

  • Three minute rounds with one minute intervals between them.
  • A ten second count to indicate a knockout.
  • The introduction of standard gloves.
  • Three weight divisions of heavyweight, middleweight and lightweight were first initiated.

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Boxing Facts

Today there are many governing bodies that sanction world title fights and publish world rankings. This has led to some confusion and criticism, since there can now be numerous world champions within each weight division.

The WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO are recognised as the most prestigious of the sanctioning bodies and it is their titles that most professional boxers try to win. Many champions seek to unify the titles by holding two or more of them at the same time.

Champions holding three of the titles simultaneously are considered undisputed champions

In recent years, even more world sanctioning bodies have emerged, and world titles are recognised by the WBF, WBU and IBO amongst others. Further confusion has also arisen as the result of titles such as: 'International' and 'Inter-Continental' now being offered. .

Boxing Sanctioning Bodies:

World Boxing Council (WBC)

WBC logo

In 1963 the  WBC (World Boxing Council) was formed by 12 countries including the UK, USA and France and today it is affiliated with nine regional governing bodies such as: the European Boxing Union (EBU), the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) and the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF). 

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World Boxing Association (WBA)

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The longest established of all the sanctioning bodies is the WBA (World Boxing Association) which took its name in 1962 but can trace its origins back to 1921.

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International Boxing Federation (IBF)

International Boxing Federation logo

The IBF (International Boxing Federation) was founded in 1983

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World Boxing Organisation (WBO)

WBO logo

The WBO (World Boxing Organisation) was founded in 1988.

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