About the Sport

Boxing is one of the most illustrious and historic sports in the Olympic Games and its acceptance as an Olympic discipline can be traced back to the ancient Greeks in 688BC.

Modern boxing was then introduced as an Olympic sport in St Louis in 1904 before being cancelled in 1912 for the Stockholm Games due to former Swedish law banning the sport at the time. However, following World War I, boxing was once again reinstated at the Antwerp 1920 and has been present in each Games since.

An incredible 41 countries have secured at least one Olympic boxing title with the US being the most successful with 49 golds. Team GB lie in third with 17 golds and 53 medals in total, helping boxing to sixth on the GB’s all-time medal list across all sports.