Boxing, also called Pugilism, is a combat sport where two people of a similar weight fight each other using their fists.
Matches are typically supervised by a referee and are made up of a series of rounds lasting between 1 and 3 minutes, with a rest break of 1 minute between each.
There are four ways to win a match in professional boxing;
- if the opponent is knocked out and unable to get back to his feet within ten seconds (called a knock out),
- if the opponent is considered too injured to continue (called a technical knock out),
- if an opponent is disqualified for breaking a rule,
- or if there are no stoppages in the fight before the end, the winner is determined by either a referee decision or by independent judges scorecards.
The art of fist fighting can be traced back to the 3rd millennium BC, and the birth year of boxing could be placed as early as 688 BC when it was accepted by the ancient Greeks as an Olympic game.
Want to take up boxing?
Boxing is a great sport for all ages; male and female. It can help you to burn calories, improve your co-ordination and tone up whilst learning new skills and techniques.
There are hundreds of boxing clubs in the west of England. These clubs are members of England Boxing, which means they meet the minimum welfare and safeguarding standards set by their national governing body.