Boxing in the Ancient Roman Empire

The earliest depictions of boxing as a formal sport can be traced back to Mesopotamia as early as the 3rd millennium BCE. By Michael Vivonia Introduction Boxing is one of the oldest sports in the world that is still practiced today. Included in the original athletic contests of the Olympic Games, pugilism orboxing was well known and[…]

Ancient Greek Boxing Legends and History

According to the Iliad, Mycenaean warriors included boxing among their competitions honoring the fallen. Introduction Ancient Greek boxing dates back to at least the 8th century BC (Homer’s Iliad), and was practiced in a variety of social contexts in different Greek city-states. Most extant sources about ancient Greek boxing are fragmentary or legendary, making it difficult to reconstruct[…]

A Brief History of Boxing since the Ancient World

Humans have fought in sport hand-to-hand combat since the dawn of human history, the earliest evidence dating to the ancient Near East. Introduction Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined amount of time in a boxing ring. Amateur boxing is both[…]

Thinking Outside the Boxing Ring: How a Tattoo Helped Identify a Boxer

The 1950s were a popular time for boxing as a number of extraordinary fighters came on the scene during the time. It’s a quick moment of action frozen in time. Joey Maxim, World Light Heavyweight Champion, is being knocked to the side, his face contorted from a powerful blow. His opponent, fists raised, can only[…]