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Image of De La Hoya, courtesy of sneakerfiles.comKnown as the “Sweet Science” this is a stand-up style of fighting that relies on striking your opponent’s head and body through various punches including jabs, uppercuts, crosses and hooks with the goal of outscoring and/or knocking out your opponent. In boxing, there is no striking below the waist and there is no ground fighting. In the MMA world, this fighter is commonly referred to as a striker.


Boxing is supervised by a referee and is typically engaged in during a series of one to three-minute time periods called rounds. You can win by knocking your opponent down and rendering them unable to get up before the referee counts to ten seconds. This is called a Knockout or a “KO”. If the opponent is deemed too injured to continue and the referee stops the fight this is called a Technical Knockout, or TKO. If there is no stoppage of the fight before an agreed number of rounds, a winner is determined either by the referee’s decision or by judges’ scorecards, which is often based on a 10 point must system, which awards at least 10 points to the winner of each round.


Although fighting with fists comes naturally to most, the ancient Greeks provide us our first historical records of boxing as a sport; they codified a set of rules and staged tournaments with professionals. The birth hour of boxing as a sport may be its acceptance as an Olympic game as early as 688 BC. Modern boxing evolved in Europe, particularly Great Britain.

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Present Day

Today there is professional and amateur boxing. Often the highest level an amateur boxer will compete at is the Summer Olympic Games. Amateurs are not paid for their fights. Professional boxers are paid and some of the top boxers make millions of dollars each year. Boxing has suffered in the last few years with the emergence as Mixed Martial Arts as a significant player in the fight game. They have also come under criticism lately as there are a large number of different titles and promotions and difficult for fans to follow who the top fighters are. Despite this, boxing has a rich history and will continue to function on its own and provide great training for any type of MMA fighting.

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