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Boxing is a martial art andcombat sport in which two people engage in a contest of strength, speed, reflexes, endurance and will, by throwing punches at each other, usually with gloved hands . The goals have been to weaken and knock down the opponent. The origin of boxing as an organizedsport may be its acceptance by the ancient Greeks as an Olympic Gamein BC 688. Boxing evolved from 16th- and 18th-century prizefights, largely in Great Britain, to the forerunner of modern boxing in the mid-19th century, again initially in Great Britain and later in the United States. Also known as: Pugilism, Sweet Science, Gentleman's Sport.