What is boxing?
Boxing/pugilism/prize fighting, has been called the sweet science. It is a combat sport in which two people engage in a contest of strength, reflexes, and endurance by throwing punches at each other usually with gloved hands.
Professional boxing has been around for over 100 years. Amateur boxing is a world-wide sport and is an Olympic sport.
A boxing match is divided into rounds and is supervised by a referee. The winner is decided when an opponent is deemed incapable to continue by a referee, is disqualified for breaking a rule, resigns by throwing in a towel, or is pronounced the winner based upon the judges' scorecards at the end of the match.
Boxing became a sport when pygmachia (Greek boxing) became an Olympic event as early as 688 BC. Modern boxing evolved in the 19th century from 16th and 18th century prizefights. In 2004, ESPN ranked boxing as the most difficult sport in the world.
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