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The history of boxing

393 BC
Boxing abolished during Roman gladiator period due to excessive brutality

688 BC
Greece introduces boxing to Ancient Olympic Games

1743
Jack Broughton wrote first British boxing rules

1791
James Figg opens pugilistic academy in London

1866
Marquis of Queensbury lays down set of rules for glove fighting

1888
Boxing officially recognised in USA

1896
Boxing omitted for inaugural Olympic Games

1904
Boxing makes first appearance at modern Olympics in St Louis

1927
First Golden Glove tournament in New York

1942
Cassius Clay born in Louisville, Kentucky

1984
Headgear made mandatory for Los Angeles Olympic Games

1989
Electronic scoring debuts at World Boxing Championships in Moscow, USSR

1992
Electronic scoring debuts at Barcelona Olympics

1993
Women's boxing recognised by AIBA (International Amateur Boxing Association)

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