Western boxing has been used to improve fitness, instil discipline and teach effective combat skills for thousands of years and the earliest records of fist fighting tournaments for professional fighters date back to over 600BC in Ancient Greece.

The modern form of boxing has it’s origins in the bare-knuckle boxing, or “prize fighting”, of England during the early 16th century. The introduction of the London Prize Ring Rules in 1838 and Marquess of Queensberry Rules in 1867 being steps towards the sport as we know it today.

Modern boxing is a hugely popular past time, a respected Olympic sport, the model for striking in many martial arts or combat sports (including MMA or “cage fighting”) and a staple of combat training worldwide including preperation for many military forces.

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