Why are fistfights illegal

History of boxing

The first documented fist fights for the purpose of entertaining people took place as early as 3000 BC. In Egypt. In the following two millennia boxing spread throughout the Aegean region. The fist fight was first used in 688 BC. In Greece at the 23rd Olympic Games of antiquity. In ancient Rome, fistfighting was mainly performed in gladiatorial fights (leather straps with metal thorns), the Caestus. However, it cannot be determined exactly how old the fistfight really is, as 7000 year old representations show that similar fights were also fought at that time. The Hellenistic bronze statue of the Quirinal pugilist is an impressive archaeological testimony to this. Evidence shows that fistfighting was part of cults and ceremonies in ancient India, China, Korea and Russia as well as among the indigenous peoples of America and Africa. These forms of fistfighting had nothing to do with boxing in the modern sense.

From Figg to Queensberry

The origins of modern boxing lie in England in the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1681 the Duke of Albemarle organized the first written battle. Since 1698 boxing events have been held regularly in the Royal Theater of London. The first (minimal) rules of modern times were drawn up by the fencing master James Figg. In 1719 Figg won the first official boxing tournament since ancient times and became the Champion of England. In 1743 the first larger set of rules (Broughton Rules) was published, which are sometimes also considered the first version of the London Prize Ring Rules (in the broader sense). You were no longer allowed to hit an opponent who was lying on the ground, low blows were also prohibited. In 1838 these were replaced by the London Prize Ring Rules (i.e.S.). The most important innovations: The introduction of a boxing ring, which did not exist before, and the bandaging of the hands to reduce injuries.

1867 - 1889 transition phase: bare-knuckle boxes and modern boxes coexist

In 1867, about 100 years after the introduction of the first rules, the London Prize Ring Rules were changed by an acquaintance of the Marquess of Queensberry in such a way that the first boxing rules for boxing with gloves, the so-called Queensberry Rules, emerged from them. The first official boxing world champion according to the rules of the Marques of Queensberry was on September 7, 1882 John L. Sullivan. He also fought partly bare-knuckle for the last time against Jack Kilraine in 1889,

From 1892 Queensberry boxes only

It wasn't until Sullivan's successor, Jim Corbett, in 1892 that boxing was only Queensberry-style. On April 6, 1893, the longest boxing match of all time took place. Andy Bowen and Jack Burke fought over 110 rounds (7 hours). The fight ended in a draw. At the time, however, some important rules did not yet exist. Among other things, it was not until the 1920s that the boxer who had scored a knockdown was sent to the neutral corner; beforehand he could immediately knock the standing boxer to the ground again. It was only after the Second World War that the idea that a boxer knocked to the ground should always be counted to eight (mandatory eight count) prevailed, before the fight was resumed when the boxer got up again. Nowadays, gloves (8 or 10 ounces) are also boxed with different gloves than at the end of the 19th century (4 to 6 ounces). However, such rule changes are not seen as a new set of rules. Therefore, it is said that the Queensberry Rules are still fought, even if the course of the fight is different today. Boxing celebrated its premiere as an Olympic sport at the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis. In 1906, SC Colonia was founded in Cologne, making it the oldest active amateur boxing club in Germany. On December 5, 1920, the German amateur boxers came together in Berlin under the name "German Reich Association for Amateur Boxing". The first German championships were held on December 6, 1920. From this point on, the winners were registered in a list of the best. [Source: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxen]