History

A slice of boxing history

Having spent many years researching the history of world championship boxing from the start of gloves (1871 to date), I am happy to present my findings, in...

HALLS OF FAME The first Boxing Hall of Fame was established by The Ring in 1954. Annual elections in the Modern (retired from five to twenty-five years)....

The earliest records of boxing date from before the great days of the Greek and Roman Empires. Egyptian hieroglyphics from around 400 BC suggest that a sort of...

JAMES FIGG “It was not until the early part of the eighteenth century that boxing became popular as a sport in the British Isles. Though the start of fist...

The 29 London Prize Ring Rules generally set out Broughton’s Rules at greater length and in greater detail, specifying fouls more specifically. The main...

The Marquis of Queensberry Rules were published in 1865.

The first boxing “record book” in terms of listing the bout-by-bout records of individual fighters, was the Police Gazette Sporting Annual of 1890.  The...

The “paperweight” division had existed since the 1880s.

WEIGHT CLASSES  1 Mini Flyweight 105 lb 1987 IBF Light Flyweight 108 lb 1975 WBC Flyweight 112 lb 1910 USA Super Flyweight 115 lb 1980 WBC Bantamweight 118...