Boxing is a combat sport between two fighters. It is considered a very technical sport, something non-regular watches won't easily pick up on.
Boxing is exceptionally popular as a spectator sport. People play plenty from all over the world to get ring side seats, especially for the biggest fights.
Modern boxing evolved in Great Britain with the 1867 introduction of the Marquess of Queensberry Rules.
Throughout the 17th to 19th centuries, boxing was motivated by money with fighters competing for prize money, promoters controlling the gate and spectators betting on the result.
Supervised by a referee, fighters usually wearing protective gloves with boxing matches featuring a number of rounds from one to three minutes.
Judges score each round of a boxing fight. They decide the winner should the rounds be complete and teh referee hasn't stopped the fight, disqualified a fighter or a fighter has 'thrown in the towel'.
If I fight is scored level, it is called as a draw or tie. It the Olympics there must be a winner, for which the judges use technical criteria.
Amateur boxing is an Olympic and Commonwealth Games sport and has its own World Championships.
There are different types of boxing styles such as outside fighter, counter puncher, brawler and inside fighter. Different stances include upright stance, the semi-crouch and full crouch. The four basic punches in boxing are the jab, cross, hook and uppercut.
Defensive manoeuvres include slipping, bob and weave, duck or break, blocking (with the arms), cover-up (with the gloves), clinching, footwork, pulling away, sway or fade.
Some of the more popular boxers in the past century include Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Vitali & Wladimir Klitschko, Lennox Lewis, Oscar de la Hoya, Sugar Ray Robinson, Evander Holyfield, Rocky Marciano, Sonny Liston and Manny Pacquiao.
There are different division in which a fighter fights such as super heavyweight, heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight, lightweight, featherweight, bantamweight and flyweight.
The main governing bodies for boxing include the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC), European Boxing Union (EBU), Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
The major sanctioning bodies are the International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC), World Boxing Organization (WBO) and International Boxing Association (AIBA).
There are many different ways to bet on boxing which is explained in our "Guide to Understanding Boxing Betting Markets". In summary, the main markets are focused on the different possible results.
These include a knockout or KO, technical knockout (TKO), decision (D), technical decision (TD) and disqualification (DQ).