You probably the biggest boxing match of the year took place at Wembley Stadium. In recent year, there has been an increased interest in boxing in the UK. In this article, we will briefly tell you about the rise of boxing in the UK.
THE MARQUESS OF QUEENSBERRY RULES
London is the birthplace of boxing which was used to be called gloved prizefighting back in the 1600s. From its starting, the Marquess of Queensberry rules first were written in 1867 which formulated by British sportsman, John Graham Chambers, and have underpinned the game of boxing ever since.
The first heavyweight boxer to won the champion title was James Figg in 1719 in a bare knuckle fight. And, American John L. Sullivan won the last bare knuckle champion title in 1889, fighting against Jake Kilrain.
WEMBLEY SOLD OUT IN LESS THAN AN HOUR!
Today, boxing has reached an incredible peak in popularity. Thousands and thousands of people follow the game. As one of the proof, the fight between Joshua and Klitschko sold out in just 25 minutes, not to mention battle between world titleholders which would sell out in even less time. As for the British, they have numerous competitive success over the years, with successful boxers like Naseem Hamed, Ricky Hatton and Chris Eubank making headlines both inside and outside of the ring.
FACTS ABOUT BOXING
• Archie Moore is the boxer that had the longest careers in the history of the sport with numerous record for the most amount of knockouts.
• In 1949, there was an official boxing match between a man and a bear.
• The only boxer to ever win a round without even throwing a punch is Willie Pep.
• Boxing has been around for millennia and was one of the first sports in the ancient Greek Olympic Games.