Up to now, people still cannot determine the specific time when boxing was born. Evidence shows that boxing was discovered early in the northern part of Africa around 4000 BC and then in the Mediterranean region in 1500 BC.
About 3600 years BC, in Mesopotamia country has allowed circulating boxing. It was the ancestor of boxing today. There was a period when boxing declined in status until 1750 BC did not re-popularize. At that time, the events were organized for fighting. There is participation of many people from many different social classes.
At that time, the Greek country developed very strongly. They held many boxing competitions, so that the match was quickly lowered. The organizers also allowed the boxers to bring whips and iron ropes to the fight to defeat the opponent faster.
Because at that time, according to the law, boxers had to play until they could no longer hold their positions before the match could be stopped. In 746 B.C.E., after the Roman Empire invaded ancient Greece, and martial arts were also introduced to Rome with the enthusiastic responses of the young men here.
Because of the rapid development of this martial art became more and more brutal, it was forbidden by Emperor Theodosius (the Roman emperor) to this martial art around 400 BC.
In the 16th century, ancient Greek boxing became a very popular and popular sport among the middle and upper UK in the renaissance. From 1719 – 1730, James Figg continuously defeated many opponents that he had to meet. He was recognized by the public as the first Boxing Champion. And he was also at the forefront of opening a school to teach boxing.
In the next generation, Jack Broughton went one step further. Not only opening a Boxing school, but he also invented gloves to reduce the damage. There were lots of damages caused by tearing the skin from the knuckles during the competition. With that, he has set out some rules to make the matches more sporty. In 1773, Jack Broughton changed the competition rules of the London arena to the official “Boxing Law” set.