A combat sport fought by two combatants wearing gloves. The amateur version involves athletes wearing protective headgear. The concept of ‘prize-fighting’ originated in Great Britain and the United States.
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What is boxing?

Boxers wear either red or blue strips, protective head guards and gloves weighing 10 ounces. Bouts are decided by ringside judges and the result is based on the number of punches that land in a ‘target area’.

Boxers are usually limited to three 3 minute rounds or less, as opposed to ten or 12 rounds in professional boxing. The winner of the bout is the boxer with the most points.

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Equipment needed

  • Boxing gloves
  • Cones
  • Stopwatch
  • Bibs

A brief history of boxing

The sport of boxing is more than two thousand years old and traces its origins back to Ancient Greece. It has been incorporated in the modern-day Olympic Games since 1904, with women’s competitions also introduced in London in 2012.

Team GB are the third most successful Olympic nation in boxing with 62 medals, 20 of which have been gold. Only the United States and Cuba have been more successful – with 114 and 73 medals respectively.

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The School Games is inclusive to all young people and provides opportunities for everyone to get involved, either within school, against other local schools, or at county or regional level.

School Games Organisers

School Games Organisers (SGO) help schools coordinate appropriate competitive opportunities for all young people from Key Stage 2-4, to recruit, train and deploy a suitable workforce, and to support the development of club.

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