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Boxing Is Much More Than Just Taking Or Throwing Punches

Boxing Is Much More Than Just Taking Or Throwing Punches


Everybody loved it when Rocky Balboa landed a punch on the opponent while boxing in the Rocky Movie Series. The cinematic representation of Boxing has left an impression on all of us. But, movies like Rocky have shown us that it is not just about combat but much more than that.

Here are some things to understand what this painful yet glorious sport is all about:

1. Boxing is a combat sport in which two opponents fight each other wearing protective gloves, mouthguards, and hand wraps. Fighting involves throwing punches on the opponent for a set amount of time.

2. A boxing match consists of nine to twelve rounds, each of three minutes (in duration). The fight is governed by a referee. The referee is present in the ring at all times while the match is in progress. The referee controls and judges the fighters. He oversees their fighting conduct, rules on their ability to fight safely and rules on fouls.

3. In a boxing match, points are awarded to the participants by the judges. There can be up to three judges who give points based on connected punches, elbow, knockdown, hugging, defence etc. The fighter with the highest points at the end of the fight is the winner.

4. The origin of Boxing is from Sumerian Relief in Iraq in the 3rd Millennium BC. Egyptian Thebes Sculpture from 1350 BC also depicts both boxers and spectators.

5. Various types of Boxing existed in Ancient India. The earliest of them being the Musti-Yuddha inscribed in classical Vedic Epics such as the Rig Veda and Ramayana. The Mahabharata also describes duels called Niyuddham, in which the opponents would fight till one dies.

6. Ancient Greece treated Boxing as an enjoyable and popular sport. Introduced in the 23rd Olympiad, 688 BC, the fighters used to wrap leather thongs around their hands as a protective measure.

7. Modern Boxing has become a multibillion-dollar industry due to its immense popularity.

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  1. There mainly are 3-styles of Boxing:
  • Outside Fighter- The fighter tries to maintain a distance between himself and his opponent and tries to land long-range punches.
  • Brawler- Use of sheer punching power instead of finesse and footwork.
  • Inside Fighter- Fight while staying close to the opponent.

9. Like many other sports, Boxing has several health benefits: increased muscle tone, fat-burning, cardiovascular fitness, strong bones and ligaments, improved core stability, muscular endurance, coordination and body awareness, strength and power, self-esteem and stress relief.

It can be said with utmost conviction that it takes much more than strength to become a boxer!

Blog Edited By Ritika Gupta

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