The ring of the bell, the roar of the crowd, and the raw thrill that comes from watching two individuals face off in combat ? the thrill of boxing is undeniable! All over the world, this classic combat sport remains very popular, whether it's local boxing clubs or big pay-per-view heavyweight title bouts. Not only is boxing a sport that thrills many, but it is also a sport of prestige. For practically all of the modern incarnations of the Summer Olympics, boxing has held a place of high regard.
Medals awarded in this event denote one of the pinnacles of achievement in the sport. For more than a century of Olympic boxing, it accumulated quite a storied history and more than a few major contenders, including the late great Muhammad Ali, then called Cassius Clay. When it comes to putting one's skills and honor on the line for their country, doing it in an Olympic boxing ring is simply an unparalleled experience. It's no wonder that we remain captivated by the stories of these gloved Titans and their battles throughout the years. In this article, we will examine the history of boxing as an Olympic sport and the ways in which it evolved, as well as a few of the most notable and memorable performances.
Pugilism over the years: the history of boxing as Olympic sport
With roots in ancient history going all the way back to Egypt and Rome, it's no surprise that boxing became a part of the Olympic roster not long after its inception. Ancient records show that boxing was a part of even the original Greek competitions. Though the modern Olympic games began in 1896, boxing was not included until roughly ten years later when the Olympics came to St Louis, Missouri, in the United States. Perhaps amusingly, the USA was the only nation to box that year ? meaning they took home every single