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History of Boxing - Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who won the US men heavy weight championship for three consecutive years in 2001, 2002 & 2003?

Jason Estrada, Providence, RI

Q: What is Bantamweight?

It is a weight category in boxing. Fighters with an upper weight limit of 118 pounds (53.1 kilograms) fall under this division.

Q: Who was called the Fireman?

Fireman Jim Flynn. It is said he was the only boxer to knockout Jack Dempsey.

Q: Who are the fighters who fought a title bout in 23 rounds in 1908?

Abe Attell and Owen Moran. Both the fighters had fought in a draw game that went to 25 rounds. In 1908, they fought again agreeing to 23 rounds.

Q: Who was the adventure writer who was invited to referee a match between Jefferies and Johnson?

The very popular Sir Arthur Doyle of Sherlock Holmes fame. He was a habitual patron at the National Sporting club of London matches. The promoter Tex Rickard offered him to referee the heavy weight championship between Jack Johnson and Jim Jefferies. Sir Doyle declined the invitation.

Q: Who passed the first boxing rules and when?

Jack Broughton, a heavyweight champion is known to have initiated boxing rules in the year 1743. The rules were passed to protect fighters in the ring as sometimes gruesome fighting resulted in death.

Q: Who was the champion during Queensberrys rules in 1892?

A heavy weight champion Jim Corbett was the fighter to win the championship in 1892 against John Sullivan at the Pelican Athletic Club in New Orleans according to the Queensberry rules. Jim fought the bout using gloves and in accordance to the 12 rules, while Sullivan fought bare-knuckled. The competition also marked decline of bare-knuckled fights that were popular in those times.

Q: How many types of punches are allowed in boxing?

There are four basic punches in boxing:

  • Jab: Jab is a speedy and straight punch thrown with the lead hand from the guard position
  • Cross: A mighty straight punch thrown using the rear hand
  • Hook: Hook is a semi-circular punch thrown with the lead hand to the side of the opponent's head
  • Uppercut: Uppercut is played as a vertical punch thrown with the rear hand

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