Venue: RIocentro - Pavillion 2, , Rio de Janeiro
Dates: August 6 – August 21, 2016
Athletes in competition: 286 (250 men, 36 women)
With almost 100 years of Olympic history under its belt, boxing is one of the most popular events at the Summer Games.
Going back for millennia, boxing was part of the original Olympic games in ancient Greece, in which fighters squared off wearing leather straps around their hands to protect against injury. Unlike the modern version, boxing was an endurance sport without many rules or timed rounds, and the winner was often the last man standing!
Famous American boxers who rose to world prominence at the modern Olympic games include
light welterweight Sugar Ray Leonard (1976) as well as heavyweights Joe Frazier, (1964), George Foreman (1968) and an 18-year-old Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali, who took the gold at the Rome Olympics in 1960.
In 2012, history was made when women's boxing made its first official Olympic debut at the London games.
In Rio, watch as yet another generation of young hopefuls compete in elimination rounds until the final when the last boxer standing wins the gold.
Olympic boxing fun facts
Olympic boxing dates back to 688 BC.
• Boxing dates back to the ancient Greeks who made it part of the Olympic games as early as 688 BC. Onomastos Smyrnaios is the first recorded Olympic boxing champion in ancient Greece.
• Boxing was considered too violent for the first modern Olympics in 1896, but it was included as a demonstration sport in 1904 in St. Louis, and finally as a medal sport in 1908 in London.
• In the modern boxing arena, Olympians can be no younger than 17 years old and no older than 34.
• Male Olympic boxers cannot have beards. Moustaches can be no longer than the upper lip.
• No points are awarded for a knockdown in Olympic boxing. If a fighter is knocked down three times in one round or four times during the fight, the bout is halted.
More about Olympic boxing around the Web:
Boxing | Olympic Sport - Good overview of the Olympic venue with interesting facts and background information plus related photos, news, blog posts.
USA Boxing - USA boxing site lists rules, events, news on the team and the results. A special section on the summer games focuses on team members. They offer a poster of the boxing team for collectors.
BBC Olympics - Boxing - In-depth Olympic boxing featuring the latest updates, opinion pieces, articles and history with profiles on the world's
NBC Olympics - Boxing - Who to watch, feature stories & athlete profiles, live updates along with photos, video and complete U.S. TV schedule.