Updated: 24/07/2012 14:31 | By pa.press.net

BOXING



Boxing

Historically the testing ground for future greats such as Cassius Clay, George Foreman and Lennox Lewis, boxing guarantees some of the most intense action of any Games.

The sport may be familiar to most people in its professional form but Olympic competition remains based around the principles of amateur boxing, where points scoring is just as important as knockout power.

Points are scored when a fighter lands a punch on their opponent's head or midriff. Scores are calculated by a panel of five ringside judges, with the highest and lowest tallies for each fighter removed at the end of each round and the remaining figures averaged.

Those points are then made public, with the winner the fighter who amasses the most points over the course of the contest, or who scores a knockout.

Men's contests, which are grouped according to weight and range from light-flyweight (46-49 kilograms) to super-heavyweight (+ 91kg), are fought over three, three-minute rounds.

London 2012 marks the debut of women's boxing on the Olympic stage, with the women competing in three classes, from flyweight (48-51kg) to middleweight (69-75kg), over four, two-minute rounds.

All boxing tournaments are fought on a straight elimination basis, although there is no third-place contest - instead both losing semi-finalists are given bronze medals.

Boxing was originally considered too dangerous for the modern Games in 1896, although it did make an appearance in 1904 in St Louis because of its popularity in the USA.

It was finally added to the Olympic schedule properly in 1920 and while the United States have won the most medals with over 100, Cuba are also considered to be one of the big forces in amateur boxing.

In Felix Savon and Teofilo Stevenson, Cuba have two of the all-time greats who both won three consecutive Olympic boxing titles during their careers.

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18Comments
30/07/2012 09:34
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good luck to scottish boxer josh taylor and also the rest of the team al so antone claiming women should not be boxing in the games this is rubbish as a female boxer myself the olympics is the highest point an athlete can hope to achieve. The women in these games train just as hard as the men and deeserve their spot on their nations team. Good Luck Team GB
23/07/2012 15:39
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i would like to wish all great britains......the bes of luck and the best wishes to Tom Stalker who is boxing. GOOD LUCK MATE X
28/07/2012 16:53
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after watching a few bouts,these judges what fights are they scoring certainly not the ones i have watched
23/07/2012 15:39
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i would like to wish all great britains......the bes of luck and the best wishes to Tom Stalker who is boxing. GOOD LUCK MATE X
01/08/2012 16:43
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Good luck Anthony Joshua , Go for it mate you can do it ...
25/07/2012 16:32
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Surely women should have as much right to choose what they do as men and have as many avenues open to them as safe, i.e. of which they can meet criteria for entry, be it police force, army, olympics, sports of any nature. More importantly women the world over should always have equal pay for equal job description and successful execution and no free ride but for chivalrous considerations. 
30/07/2012 09:34
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good luck to scottish boxer josh taylor and also the rest of the team al so anyone claiming women should not be boxing in the games this is rubbish as a female boxer myself the olympics is the highest point an athlete can hope to achieve. The women in these games train just as hard as the men and deeserve their spot on their nations team. Good Luck Team GB
12/08/2012 15:48
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well done Josh.  we are all very proud of you. Maureen & David from Finchley
01/08/2012 14:50
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good luck Savvana your nan \rosie would be proud of you

Liz Torley

 

12/08/2012 08:34
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Come on Joshua you can smash this the gold is yours for the taking.

08/08/2012 22:37
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how can the latest comment be on the 1/8/2012 ???
15/06/2012 01:01
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with all these talented boxers we have in england without arms dont you think its time we introduces face boxing cos i do cos not having arms is horrorable its like stevey wonder going to the cinema isnt gonna happen.
27/06/2012 19:55
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Womens boxing,jeezus,do me a favour..women do not belong in boxing..
25/07/2012 16:20
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Boxing of any nature should be banned. Why? Any sport that inflicts injury on another person let alone animal is inappropriate and outdated in any self respecting, modern, advanced society and should be deemed an appalling display of barbarism.

 

As it is: ALL GOOD LUCK our TOM STALKER. Keep moving, keep guarded throw a curve-ball now and then.

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