Boxing has a long history and can be traced as far back in Greece, during 688 B.C. where it is recorded as an event in the Ancient Olympic Games.
Modern boxing became popular during the late 1800 in the United States, and the American’s have dominated the sport by capturing 47 of the available 191 gold medals that are available.
The first appearance of boxing was at the 1904 Olympic Games held in St Louis,
Recent years have seen the Sport accepted by females, and now they compete in sanctioned amateur competitions, however do not compete in the Olympics.
Famous professional boxers who began their careers in amateur ranks are American gold medal winners, Oscar De La Hoya, George Foreman, Muhammad Ali, Michael and Leon Spinks, Floyd Patterson, as well as Ray Leonard.