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The Birth Of Boxing Game

Author : Azeem Ahmed

Submitted : 2010-05-14 19:29:34    Word Count : 626    Popularity:   165

Tags:   boxing, martial arts, arts, games, sports, recreation, history, reference

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Boxing is described as a action sport or martial art where two individuals battle one another utilizing their fists. A referee supervises a boxing match. One of the 2 opponents wins by knocking out the other. Fist combating could be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, Assyrians and Sumerians. However, the ancient Greeks first documented boxing as a sport. Based on the legend, Apollo invented boxing. In 688 BCE, boxing was launched as an Olympic game. During this time, boxers needed to wear himantes. These were gentle straps and thongs made out of ox hide. The boxers tied the straps on their fingers as a method of making their fingers and wrists a lot stronger.



Centuries later the himantes were changed into hardened leather straps that gave stronger blows. During this time, it didn't matter who started this game. However, the leather himantes had been modified in the fourth century BC. Gloves had been adopted and have been in use since then. The very first gloves had layers of wool on the inside. Later the Romans started utilizing what have been known as caestus. These boxing gloves had been distinctive in their own right. Along with having iron and lead layers, they just about resembled weapons. It's understood that you can do more than just knock your opponent out with these gloves.



It has already been said that it was Apollo who started boxing. However, it's worth noting that he didn't set any specific time for which boxing matches were to run. He additionally didn't talk about or include any details on weight tutorials and even cheering squads. These were added much later as the game was adopted by several types of people. In the ancient occasions, boxing matches only ended when one of the opponents raised one or 2 fingers signaling that he had been defeated. It was right then that the boxing official would cease the match and/or give a resting break.



Usually, there appears to be consensus on who was behind the invention of this game. Another thing that people seem to agree is that genital blows and holding are a no-no. You are not awarded any points and are more likely to be disqualified for kicking you opponent in the groin. Holding, on the other hand is not allowed since it would defeat the purpose of the game seeing that it entails the use of the fists to hit. At the time when himantes had been allowed, boxers weren't allowed to wear those made out of pigskin.



Thanks to the particular person who invented boxing, we continue enjoying the sport. However, things have changed. There are specific guidelines that all contestants are required to follow. Himantes are not in use. As a substitute, gloves are now in use and they're nothing like what the Romans used. The most important change has been in the introduction of a time limit. Boxing matches no longer run till one of the opponents concedes defeat. They run for a few rounds, which are a couple of minutes long. Where there is no obvious winner, the referee uses points to call the winner.

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