Olympic Boxing and Martial Arts

Boxing is an energetic, fun, contact sport in which two individuals, most often wearing boxing gloves and protective gear like mouthpieces and handwraps, engage in a simulated combat match for a fixed amount of time within a well-lit boxing ring. As punching bags or “stabs” are used to damage the opponents, a referee may either stop the match or call it to another corner. Both techniques are popular as there is nothing else more exciting than watching two individuals throwing powerful punches with their bodies moving!


In the past, boxing was largely regulated by the English Government as it was thought to be a healthy exercise that preventing blood clots and created a healthier body. The early boxing bouts were commonly referred to as “punching matches” due to the fact that many boxers would strike each other with their fist in order to wear down their opponents. The first true international boxing competition took place in 1887 at the Olympics in London, England when France and Germany were chosen to represent the United States and England respectively. Although boxing was banned for several years in the 20th century due to the health risks associated with the actual sport, it has recently been reintroduced with the hopes of bringing it back on the sporting circuit.

Because a boxing match involves more than two individuals, it can be considered a true battle of wills as each fighter tries to incapacitate his opponent through stunning blows and heavy jabs. Though the boxing format is often compared to a street fight because of its large audience, in reality, there is a lot more skill involved in boxing than meets the eye. A boxer has to learn how to effectively strike his opponent while still protecting himself from being knocked out or subjected to a ground attack. There are three distinct stages in every boxing match: beginning, middle, and end. This article will take a brief look at some of the basics of these different stages in boxing and what role they play in winning a boxing match.

During the beginning phase, a fighter begins to develop his footwork and establishes himself as a boxer. The goal of beginning stage boxing is to establish some distance between the two fighters and to keep the opponent from getting close enough to take a shot or to hook a jab. In addition, fighters will learn how to throw low punches to the body of the opponent to keep them from moving in any direction. Once a fighter steps out from behind his opponent, he is in full, striking mode and can hit the opponent with a number of high or low jabs, punches, and elbows.

As the bout continues and more rounds are fought, the fighters on both teams increase in size and strength. At the end of a round, a knockout may be inevitable, especially if the larger, stronger fighter throws a single punch or if the smaller fighter is able to escape. However, even if a fighter cannot put an opponent away in the ring or on the ground, he/she can learn how to handle themselves in the ring. During the last few rounds of a fight, the fighters are allowed to use elbows and knees, and the boxing match may be over before it really begins. However, some fighters prefer to stay in the ring for the entire duration of the match, though some don’t mind if the match is stopped just before the end of the match.

Though it has been said that there are about 100 muscles that make up a real human body, many people ignore the fact that they need to protect themselves during a boxing match. To do this, they wear boxing gloves. In the early days of boxing, gloves were made of leather or thick animal hide, but in modern boxing, most fighters prefer polyester or soft cotton gloves. Most boxing matches use eight to ten boxing gloves, although there are some matches that use seven or eight boxing gloves. Most of these gloves are hand fitted with felt padding to prevent the fighter’s hands from being hurt by the punches thrown by their opponents.