boxing, fistfighting sport between two matched combatants wearing padded gloves. a boxers primary aim is to land as many blows as possible to the head and torso of the opponent, using strength and speed to dominate the contest. one of the oldest sports still practiced, boxing dates back thousands of years. today the sport is popular in many parts of the world and encompasses both amateur and professional matches. sometimes it is referred to as pugilism, from the latin word pugil, meaning a boxer.
boxing sometimes called the sweet science, the sport of boxing requires agility, strength, toughness, and lightning-quick reflexes.courtesy of espn sports. all rights reserved.
mike tyson american boxer mike tyson, left, connects with a jab against frank bruno, right, during their 1989 bout in las vegas, nevada. the youngest fighter to win a world heavyweight title, tyson unified all...
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