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You lace up your sneakers, tighten your ponytail and finally figure out how to wrap your hands. You step into the ring feeling like Rocky, if Rocky were a woman in 2017 who just paid $35 for a group boxing lesson. Still, the idea of following in the footsteps of the greats is really cool, especially when you understand the drastic evolution boxing has undergone throughout the past few centuries. Here are some of the most notable moments in the sport's history.
We assume people have been punching each other for basically forever, but the earliest known depiction of boxing comes from a Sumerian relief in Iraq. (Check out the two dudes on the left.) Be careful everyone.
Behold the Giants of Mont’e Prama, ancient stone sculptures dating back to 2,000 B.C. that were found in Sardinia in the 1970s. Many of the 44 statues (like this guy) supposedly depict boxers.
Before hurling, table tennis and trampoline, boxing became an Olympic sport in the 23rd Olympiad. There were no rounds and boxers fought until one of them acknowledged defeat or couldn't continue. Good clean fun?
Speaking of family-friendly things (kidding): The Roman form of boxing was often a fight until death, and it was eventually banned by Emperor Theodoric the Great for being inhumane. Which, agreed.
After making a comeback in the 16th century, the sport inched closer toward civility with the first boxing rules—the Broughton's rules—being introduced in 1743 to protect fighters.
After being outlawed in the late 19th century (don't worry, matches still took place in secret), boxing began to creep back into the mainstream when California started allowing athletic clubs to stage exhibitions.
On June 19 in NYC, Joe Louis bested Billy Conn for the heavyweight championship. The first title match to be televised, it was approximately a million times less extravagant than the Mayweather-McGregor matchup.
Widely considered one of the best fights in history, this was the final match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Ali claimed the world heavyweight boxing title, so there's a reason they call him The Greatest.
Not to be outdone by her old man, Ali’s daughter, Laila, made her professional boxing debut 25 years later at age 21. True to Ali form, she KO’d her opponent in 31 seconds. Girl power times infinity.
In this compulsively watchable sports drama, Hilary Swank plays Maggie Fitzgerald, an underdog amateur boxer who’s coached by a down-on-his-luck trainer (Clint Eastwood). She also won an Oscar for the role, so yeah.
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