25 Reasons That Boxing Is The Original Sport And Other Things You Never Knew About It

Few sports are as dynamic as boxing. Ever since men started competing against one another (probably by beating each other up for food), boxing has been at the forefront of human competition. In fact, along with running, it is one of the oldest known sports in the world. Why? Well most likely because you don’t need anything except a couple people. No equipment, no ball, no nothing. It is about as raw as you can get when it comes to physical competition. But since those early days of hunting and gathering, fighting has changed quite a bit. These days boxing has become a multi million dollar business. Fights are broadcast around the world and people gather to watch their favorite champion. But these are but a few reasons why boxing is the original sport.

Today we are going to take a look back in history at some of the greatest fighters that helped to shape the sport into what it is today. We’ll look as their accomplishments and try to understand what drove them to conquer the ring. Did you know, for example, that boxing gloves were not introduced to make boxing safer? They were actually introduced to encourage head shots! In fact, more people have died boxing since the introduction of gloves than did before! These are 25 reasons that boxing is the original sport and other things that you never knew about it!

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Mexican boxer Julio César Chávez won his first 87 fights in a row.

Mexican boxer Julio César Chávez won his first 87 fights in a rowSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In 1949 Gus Waldorf boxed against a bear and lost.

In 1949 Gus Waldorf boxed against a bear and lostSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In the culture of ancient Greece, the god Apollo was seen as being the inventor and protector of boxing

In the culture of ancient Greece, the god Apollo was seen as being the inventor and protector of boxingSource: aljazeera.com, Image: wikipedia
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Boxing is also called pugilism (literally, fighting with your fists)

Boxing is also called pugilism (literally, fighting with your fists)Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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One of Bruce Lee's mentors, Wong Shun Leung, was a bare knuckle boxing champion on the underground circuit (which was illegal). He quit fighting, however, after accidentally blinding an opponent.

One of Bruce Lee's mentors, Wong Shun Leung, was a bare knuckle boxing champion on the underground circuit (which was illegal). He quit fighting, however, after accidentally blinding an opponent.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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