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- Boxing is the art of self-defence through utilisation of the
|THE SPORT OF BOXING:-
- The practical application of attained Boxing self-defence
skills in competition.
- Competition rules determine contest strategy plus the
physical effort and effect requirement of participation in a
particular form or code of boxing.
PRE MODERN BOXING HISTORY TIMELINE:
Virgil the Roman poet wrote about boxing in 20 B.C. when he retold
the story of the Trojans who participated in the sport and skills of
boxing over 1000 years before in the ancient city of Troy.
During the Roman era boxing was a gladiator last man standing
combat sport provided for the enjoyment of a blood thirsty audience.
A steel glove called a cestus was worn and beaten boxers were
For over a millennium boxing as a sport slumbered before
re-awakening in early eighteenth century England through the
practical necessity for a person to defend themselves with the fists
against thugs and thieves.
Rule changes have been made to the sport over the last few
centuries for both commercial reasons and in an endeavour to keep
within the narrowing boundaries of political correctness.
The initial wearing of bandages and gloves in bare knuckle
days was to protect soft vulnerable hands from the damage caused
from hitting a much harder skull. This rule change was based solely
on the commercial reality that prize fighters could not compete if
their hands were broken.
Bigger gloves to reduce power punch damage to an opponent, lower
round times, shorter rounds, and the use of headguards for amateur
boxers were politically expedient rule changes made to placate
various medical, government and sports sanctioning authorities, and
in so doing keep boxing in existence.
Whilst rule changes kept boxing from teetering over the edge of
acceptablity inbuilt cannibalistic ideology of last man standing
This inbuilt ideology from ancient times still exists to this day
in general amateur and professional boxing via the accepted practise
within the rules for a boxer to punch an opponent unconscious.
Knocking opponents unconscious is a mirror of archaic Roman days
where boxers were expendable cannon fodder and is the fundamental
flaw that places boxing at the brink of extinction as a sport.
Whereas professional boxers compete for money there is no prize
money to keep the commercial ball rolling for their amateur cousin
who pays to compete. The boxing gymnasium and coach only exist if
they have clientel who pay to train. If the most important person
the paying amateur boxing client is forever running the gauntlet of
being KO'd and quitting the sport and gymnasium, then whose self
interest is being served and who wins?
Continued acceptance by responsible authorities in respect to
amateur boxers knocking opponents unconscious, with brain damage and
death a possible consequence, is both commercially and politically
The situation of boxing as a sport worsened at the conclusion of
the 20th Century through athletes in all sports illegally using
performance enhancing drugs. Risk of serious injury to boxers is
increased due to the enhanced punching power of an opponent using
Amateur boxing stands alone as the only Olympic Games sport with
rules that permit athletes to be beaten senseless or unconscious. In
2013 AIBA the old Olympic Style Boxing authority ceased the wearing
of protective headguards by senior (elite) male boxers.
The flawed rules of general amateur boxing as administered by
AIBA the world governing body, known throughout the world as
'Olympic Style Boxing' due to it's inclusion as a sport in the
Olympic Games, claimed the life of female amateur boxer 'Becky
Zerlentes' in April 2005.
The responsible viewpoint is that the Olympic Games of the 21st
Century should not be associated with a sport whose participants are
allowed within the rules to beat each other unconscious or to death.
If rules of an amateur sport allow your sister, brother, mum, or
dad, to be killed then the sport's administrators lack a duty of
care bordering on the criminal. The Olympic Review Committee's
decision in July 2005 to still include Boxing in the 2012 Olympics
was as flawed as the rules, from a bygone era, that place every
contestant's life in jeopardy. See:-
21st CENTURY BOXING
GOLDEN GLOVES BOXING®
'Golden Gloves Excessive Punching Rule'©
'Excessive Punching Rule'©
by controlling the power intensity places the objective focus
of Amateur Boxing directly on defence and point scoring skills,
thereby eliminating the 'Knock-Out' from the sport.
A.A.B. Golden Gloves Boxing Inter-Club Competition Workshops
help raise funds for the 'Make-A-Wish Foundation' to continue
helping youngsters with life threatening illnesses fulfil their
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