10 Kickass Facts About Boxing

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Boxing is a martial art and combat sport in which two people throw punches at each other. Boxing has a long history dating back to 688 BC. We have some facts about boxing for you.


1
Boxing isn’t actually called "Boxing." The official name for boxing is Pugilism

2
John L. Sullivan fought in a bare-knuckle boxing match that lasted 75 rounds before he won.

3
Muhammad Ali NEVER refused to sign an autograph during his whole career.

4
Gloves were introduced into boxing not for safety reasons, but to increase hits to the head and dramatic knockouts.

5
Chess Boxing is a real thing. Players alternate between a round of chess and a round of boxing.

6
In 1949, an official boxing match between a bear and a man was held. The bear won.

7
Fans sent "Get Well Soon" cards to Evander Holyfield before he fought Mike Tyson.

8
Archie "The Old Mongoose" Moore holds the record for most knockouts in boxing, 131 in 219 fights.

9
Willie Pep is the only boxer to ever win a round without throwing a punch.

10
Thai prisoners are released early if they take part in special kickboxing matches against foreigners.