Boxing is a combat sport in which two people engage in a contest of strength, speed, reflexes, endurance, and will by throwing punches with gloved hands against each other.

The birth hour of boxing as a sport may be its acceptance by the ancient Greeks as an Olympic game as early as 687 BC. Boxing evolved from 16th- and 18th-century prizefights, largely in Great Britain, to the forerunner of modern boxing in the mid-19th century, again initially in Great Britain and later in the United States.

 

Stance

The modern boxing stance differs substantially from the typical boxing stances of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The modern stance has a more upright vertical-armed guard, as opposed to the more horizontal, knuckles-facing-forward guard adopted by early 20th century hook users.

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Punches

There are four basic punches in boxing: the jab, cross, hook and uppercut. If a boxer is right-handed (orthodox), his left hand is the lead hand and his right hand is the rear hand. For a left-handed boxer or southpaw, the hand positions are reversed. For clarity, the following discussion will assume a right-handed boxer.

 

Defense

There are several basic maneuvers a boxer can use in order to evade or block punches, Slip, Sway, Duck, Dodge, Parry, Cover Up, and Clinch are just to name a few.

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Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There’s nothing that can compare to testing yourself the way you do every time you step in the ring.Sugar Ray Leonard