History

The earliest known depiction of boxing comes from a Sumerian relief from the third millennium BC. The earliest evidence for fist fighting with any kind of gloves can be found on Minoan Crete (c. 1500–900 BC), and on Sardinia if we consider the boxing statues of Prama mountains. Boxing was a popular spectator sport in Ancient Rome.The Romans even introduced metal studs to the thongs to make the cestus which then led to a more sinister weapon called the myrmex which means limb peircer. Fighting events were held at Roman Amphitheatres.