Clio Edition 4 - page 43

Tracing its origins as far
back as Ancient Egypt,
the now popularised sport
of Boxing has survived
through a vast period of
changing culture, and
even the collapse of some
of the world’s greatest
empires. Following the
fall of the Roman Empire,
the increased use of
weaponry resulted in
the disappearance of fist
fighting. It was not until
approximately 1200 years
later when it re-emerged,
gradually becoming a part of
modern culture in the form
of bare knuckle boxing,
with London as its home.
The earliest recorded bout
took place in Britain in
1681 between a butler and a
butcher. Almost completely
rule-less, this form of
bare-knuckle boxing
ended when one man was
making the sport’s only rule
‘last man standing wins.’
The first champion of this
brutal form was James Figg,
considered by many as the
father of modern boxing.
Figg, like many others,
sought fame and wealth
through the sport, as the
winner would take away
a hefty sum, as well as a
percentage of the stakes
gambled by spectators;
henceforth the sport became
known as ‘prize-fighting.’
Figg held the title for 15
years, during which time
he obtained a resourceful
and committed follower:
Jack Broughton. Broughton
sought to turn the poorly
regulated game into a real
athletic sport, and in 1743,
the first set of rules for
boxing were introduced-
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