A Brief Introduction to Boxing
Professional boxing, also known as prizefighting, involves combatants fighting in a “ring” with each other with the determination to be the one to win the prize. The prize being titles, large money purses, and the bragging rights of being the best, which is exemplified by the title belts that are given out in different weight classes. Weight categories consist of 21 different classes from featherweights all the way up to heavyweights. Boxers have “prize” worthy hard bodies and are some of the fittest among professional athletes in any sport.
Boxing first became a sport during the ancient Olympic games in the late six hundreds, BC and as a sport or as a form of roughhousing between men for entertainment as early as 450 BC, but unfortunately records from that era are quite scarce, so exact dates are unsure. Boxers from as far back as the late six hundreds BC, trained for fighting matches using punching bags much like those used by boxers in training today.
In this combative professional fighting sport, boxers within the same weight class throw a variety of punches with padded, gloved fists at one another. The goal is for one boxer to knock the other boxer to the mat in the hope that the fallen boxer will not be able to get to his feet before the referee calls him out after a ten second count off, and declares the still standing boxer the victor. When a boxer falls to the mat it is called a knockout if he cannot get to his feet before the referee finishes his ten count. There is another kind of knockout, called a technical knockout, or TKO, and this is declared when a boxer is judged to be too injured to continue. Boxers are also given scores for punches thrown based upon technique and contact. These are used to determine a winner in the event that there has not been a knockout before all rounds in the match have concluded. Rounds can be from one to three minutes and the number of rounds in a boxing match can vary from match to match and region to region, typically three to fifteen rounds.
Boxing has not always had the wide acceptance that it enjoys today. Prizefighting at one time was actually considered an illegal activity in the UK and in the US, and most fighting matches occurred amid heavy secrecy with only a few select spectators, these were usually gamblers and underworld figures, but by the mid nineteen hundreds, the image of the sport of boxing had been revamped and gained a wider acceptance that has only grown over time.
Boxers are not permitted to throw punches that fall below the belt, or to hold, trip, push, kick, butt the head, spit at, wrestle, or bite the opposing boxer. If they do they will be fouled and lose crucial score points. There are many more rules that boxers must follow, too numerous to mention in the space of this article. But I encourage you to read more articles about the sport of boxing because it is a very interesting sport indeed.
You have most likely heard of exercise programs that incorporate boxing moves into exercise routines. There are even well advertised boxing exercise program DVDs widely available. Have you also heard about the rapid weight loss and rapid muscle building, conditioning and strengthening that ordinary people performing boxing exercise routines at home or in the gym have experienced? The results are absolutely amazing and this is why boxing as an exercise routine has become a popular choice for many. You can use the same boxing moves that have sculpted the bodies of boxers into prize deserving hard bodies for centuries, to sculpt your own body into a prize worthy hard body. You will also be sculpting great health and fitness for yourself.
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