All About Ring Of Punches
Ever heard the name, Mike Tyson? Sure, the legendary Boxing star has no doubt, punched through the gloom and shone out in the Boxing front. A ring, two fighters, and full ferocious combat is what the Boxing game looks like. But it isn’t a petty fight throwing angry punches on the opponent, Boxing evolved as a sport and a wide-played game from its origin.
Highly popular in the world, Boxing tournaments are played not only under the Olympics or the Commonwealth games. Several associations around the world promote the game for men and women alike, for all age groups.
International bodies like World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF), or World Boxing Council (WBC) are well known for professional boxing championships. Spread out through the world, these federations cover more than 140 countries, conducting tournaments on international levels.
Championship Tournaments from Golden Glove Association or USA Boxing organization also top the charts for regular conduction of the competitions. 2019-2020 Championships had praises for famous players like Anthony Joshua, Lawrence Okolie, and Hughie Fury in professional matches. A never-tiring and never-ending game, Boxing continues to be a perennial sport since its origin in 1500 BC.
How it became a game?
Combat games first came up with a hit and strike strategy and came up as a defense skill adopted by many. Ancient Egypt, Sumerian and Indian references revealed many scriptures and paintings related to fights like Boxing. Not a mere defense tactic, modern Boxing is an evolved sport with defined rules and governing federations to conduct the game fairly.
The original form of the modern game was considered to be bare-knuckle boxing, which was fought without any fist gloves and protective gear. It was also referred to as the fist-fight or prize-fighting in the early days in England, where it originated. Though Boxing developed as a new child game, still the parent Bare-Knuckle Boxing is played on a small scale. There are no significant tournaments in this category, but it is played at the amateur level. The championship titles for Bare-Knuckle lost their fame around the early 1900s.
Indian classics depict the scenes of mushti-yuddha namely closed fist-fights, ancient Greece also dates back to the early Boxing Olympics in 688BC where the players used heavy leather straps instead of gloves, flocks of spectators in ancient Rome to watch the game being played with leather thongs and metal studs, all show the initial days of Boxing as an emerging sport.
The late 19th and 20th centuries saw a significant boost in the spectators, prizefighting became popular in and around England and many states of America. Matches were often played as gambling and street games for money and popularity. Shining out from those streets, Boxing emerged as a game played for commercial value. In the early days, many illegal matches were not allowed in public and players were arrested and game houses were dismissed.
Amateur boxing started popularly when people used the game strategies for defense or play. Schools and colleges also conducted matches encouraging boys and girls. These matches are of short duration and less intensity and are played for fewer game points. Compared to this, professional boxing is more intense with rigid rules, longer duration, and heavily trained fighters. The risk of injury also persists at higher levels in professional matches.
The year 1908, marked the venture of amateur boxing in the Olympic arena. Played for three to four rounds where scoring is based on points and rules are framed promoting safety in priority.
Professional boxing is not mentioned in the Olympics but it stands as a unique career in the world for many. Several countries’ governments fund the athletes for the game, encouraging their participation. In the same sense, professionals were tried to be brought in the Olympics which was opposed by the international organizations.
The sport when played should have some strategy to beat the opponent. It is not a defined sport if the players are just ferociously hitting each other. There are several skills in Boxing that are a blend of physical and mental efforts. Expertise in certain qualities brings a title, based on the strategies the players are often referred to as the swarmer, brawlers, or the boxers. Boxers are also categorized based on their weight as heavy or light boxers.
With the correct application of the skills and techniques, fighters can devise mixed styles to enhance the game. The combinations demand intense planning and application with full physical effort.
Gears in use
Combat games were always played in pairs, with less or no equipment. Safety measures for the sake of morale of the sport have urged the players to use equipment while playing the matches. Boxing uses simple hand gloves, tooth guards, and helmets to protect the vital organs prone to injury during the fight. The gloves and hand straps are light-weight and generally made of leather. In addition to these proper shoes are also required for quick and effortless movements.
Apart from the game in the ring, training also plays an important role in building the athlete. Many coaching institutes and classes are training amateur players for worldwide tournaments. These institutes also invest in the proper training gear like gym equipment, dumbbells, weights, and skipping ropes.
The game practiced on different sizes of punching bags, from small tear-shaped overhead bags to large sacks for throwing angry punches. Upper-cut, hook, cross, or jab are frequently used buzz words of the game. These are stances and moves used by the players while playing in the ring.
Why is the boxing ring square? This question has made thousands crack their brains. The corners of the ring have their significance. When a set or round completes, the player goes to the corner to wait for rest and catch a breath. Corners are used to take a break when the player is no more able to live up to the fight with the opponent.
A powerpack of endurance, stability, and agility, Boxing also demands the application of mental awareness and planning. The world is fast-changing and the dire need for defense skills for everyone is making, Boxing, a shining opportunity to learn and implement.