We all love the amazing sport of boxing and if you’re a true fan you know just how costly it can be to watch a fight as most are pay-per-view and can cost half your paycheck just to watch one fight. How would you feel if we told you that you can watch live boxing matches freely on the internet? You don’t need to upgrade your net connection and most computers will play the streams just find.


While attending live boxing matches in the dome or watching live boxing online or on TV, one cannot help asking himself a question one time or another, “How did cruel, bloody and merciless street fights evolve to become such a spellbinding, graceful and yet manly sport?”

Boxing has a long and colorful history: from its first depiction in Sumerian reliefs, dating back the III millennium, to the contemporary world championship live boxing matches in Coliseum which are appreciated by millions of viewers worldwide. The earliest evidences show bare-fisted contests; it is not until 1500 B.C. (sculptures on Minoan Crete, Sardinia) that we see boxers fighting with gloves, or rather some kind of gloves: usually leather strips wrapped around the hands.

As it is commonly accepted, the first detailed description of boxing is given by Homer in his Iliad. According to the poet, fist fighting matches were held in honor of the fallen comrades in arms. It should be also noted that the boxers of ancient time fought naked as it was generally accepted among the athletes back then.

As it might be naturally expected, the earliest boxing or “pugilism” knew no weight classes, rounds separation or time limit. Matches were finished when one of the fighters was sent into knockout which sometimes resulted in death.
The first mention of boxing, as an Olympic sport, dates back 688 B.C.; it continued to be part of the games up until the end of the IV century, when the Olympics were outlawed by the emperor. Boxing was reintroduced as an Olympic game in 1908.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, boxing disappears as sport altogether: however, it was preserved in villages and towns in Europe and resurfaced with full force in the XVII century. A century later, attempts were made to formulate the first rules of boxing, most of which regulate to this day boxing in the ring as we attend live boxing matches in the arena and watch live boxing on TV. These rules were primarily aimed at protecting fighters. For example, in ancient time it was legal to hit a downed opponent or to grasp him below the waist.

The famous rules of London Prize Ring, expanded in 1838 and revised in 1853, set a standard for boxing rules worldwide. The Marques of Queensberry rules, twelve in all, published in 1867, specified many details of the commonly accepted rules of that time. Yet, in spite of all of these attempts to legitimize boxing as a decent sport, it remained outlawed in the United States and England: police frequently raided gambling venues.

The reintroduction of boxing into the Olympic games in 1908 brought with it huge revival of this sport; it also gave amateur boxers an opportunity to master their skills and knowledge at the Olympic Games and prepare for a professional career. Amateur boxing includes the Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games, as well as many other legally sanctioned tournaments. Even though amateur boxing is not as exciting and eventful as professional live boxing matches, people all around the world appreciate the former as they watch live boxing on their TV sets or in the arena.

The main difference between amateur and professional boxing is that the latter usually lasts a lot longer; also, professionals appear on the arena bare-chested and headgear is illegal in professional boxing, which, naturally, does not help much professional fighters who take a much more serious beating during fights than their amateur colleagues.

As it is in any other field of human activity, there are almost as many styles of boxing as there are fighters. Therefore, a score of terms is used to emphasize the character, peculiarities and individualism of a particular boxer, such as “out-fighter” (Mohammad Ali, Lennox Lewis), “puncher’ (Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis), “swarmer” (Rocky Marciano, Jack Dempsey, Mike Tyson).

As for the types of technique used in boxing, two tactics are known: defensive and offensive. The latter includes different ways of punches, such as jab, cross, hook, uppercut; the defense techniques include slipping, bobbing, blocking, cover-up, clinching, footwork, pulling. In addition, the less common strategies: rope-a-dope, bolo punch, overhand right, check hook are used, especially among amateur boxers.

The world renowned International Boxing Hall of Fame, opened in Canasota, New York in 1989, welcomed its first inductees in 1990; the ceremony of induction is a four-day happening every June; during the Induction Weekend, various events, such as a parade of past and contemporary inductees, exhibitions, autograph sessions, and, of course, the ceremony of indication are offered to visitors. The Hall gives boxing fans and aspiring young athletes the opportunity to experience the glorious aura of live boxing matches of the past with such giants as Mohammad Ali, Jack Dampsey, Benny Leonard, Ken Buchanan; to go back in time and watch live boxing matches between Ali and Frazier, Marciano and Dona, Tyson and Holyfield.

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