Boxing at the Olympics

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Boxing at the Olympics

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Boxing has been contested at every Summer Olympic Games since its introduction to the program at the 1904 Summer Olympics, except for the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, because Swedish law banned the sport at the time. The 2008 Summer Olympics was the final games with boxing as a male only event. Beginning with the 2012 Summer Olympics, women's boxing will be included in the program. The boxing competition is organized as a set of tournaments, one for each weight class. There have been between 5 and 12 Olympic weight classes over the years (currently 11), and the definition of each class has changed several times, as shown in the following table. Until 1936, weights were measured in pounds, and from 1948 onwards, weights were measured in kilograms.

The United States qualified nine boxers for the Olympic boxing tournament. Five boxers (Yanez, Warren, Russell, Williams and Andrade) earned their spots at the 2007 World Championships. Ali, Molina and Wilder qualified at the first American qualifying tournament. Estrada was the last American boxer to qualify, doing so at the second American tournament. The United States did not qualify in light heavyweight or super heavyweight classes. The U.S. Boxing Team suffered several early setbacks from which it never recovered. Alternate Boyd Melson withdrew with an injury. Before they arrived in Beijing, U.S. boxers were reportedly unhappy with training methods, coaching, and travel restrictions. On August 8, 2008, two-time national champion and bantamweight boxer Gary Russell Jr. was forced to withdraw from the Olympics after collapsing before his weigh-in. Under International Amateur Boxing Federation rules, the U.S. was not permitted to select another boxer to take his place. Reigning flyweight world champion Raushee Warren, America's best hope for gold, lost his opening bout to Lee Ok-Sung of South Korea. In the end, the U.S. left Beijing with one bronze won by Deontay Wilder, its worst performance in Olympic history. The U.S. had previously won a single silver in 1948 and no medals in 1908 and 1980, when it did not send a boxing team. On September 5, 2008, the national director of coaching for USA Boxing, Dan Campbell, stepped down.

A total of eight boxers qualified. David Price and Tony Jeffries both won bronze medals in the super heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions respectively. Middleweight James DeGale won a gold medal in the middleweight class. It was the first time that Great Britain has won more than one medal in boxing in a single games since 1972, and the best result for Great Britain in boxing since 1956

Main RulesBoxing is a combat sport in which two opponents face each other in a ring, wearing padded gloves. • The fighters face each other in consecutive sessions, known as ‘rounds’, which last between one and three minutes. • The number of rounds in a boxing match depends on the level of competition - Olympic matches only have three rounds, whereas professional heavyweight fights can reach a much higher number. The number is agreed before the fight begins.• During each round, the opponents punch and strike each other. Holding is not allowed. • A boxer is victorious when the opponent is knocked over and does not get up before the referee counts to ten out loud. This is called a knock out. • If there is no knock out, the scores of a panel of judges, awarded for each boxer’s performance, will be used to name the winner. • Between the rounds there is a short break during which the boxers usually go to the corner of the ring assigned to them, take on water, and receive advice from their trainer.


Weight training Boxing at high effeciency requires stregnth and stamina. So hitting the weight room helps provide some major benifits and advantages to boxers trying to go for the gold.

Did you know that if your a professional boxer , you are considered a dangerous weapon, so if you get into a street fight you can go to prison and face charges of attemped murder.