Boxing is a sport with a long history. But in a long period of history, it once stood on the verge of extinction.
Around the 17th century BC, boxing through the Mediterranean island of Crete spread to ancient Greece. From the frescoes unearthed at the ruins on Santorini Island on the Aegean Sea, one can see the posture of a teenage boy fighting Boxing.
At a site on the Aegean coast of the 5th century BC, scientists also discovered a pair of porcelain vase with pictures of two people fighting Boxing. Archaeological findings in the Mesopotamian plateau also discovered the relics of Boxing activity 1700 years ago.
In addition, Ancient Greek Mythology tells of the 1000-year-old Prince of Athens, Sahias, who mastered boxing, practicing this type of Boxing. Contemporary, in ancient Greece Boxing is considered a sport of competition. These things make it clear Boxing was very popular in ancient Greece.
Boxing is the 3rd oldest sport after running and wrestling. In ancient Egypt, Boxing was a very flourishing sport. Then came the time of the ancient Roman Empire, due to the Roman emperor Theodores issuing a ban on Boxing so the sport seems to have stood on the verge of extinction.
At the same time, in fact, people no longer loved Boxing. The main reason is that the form of Boxing has changed, Boxing is no longer a sport that makes people enjoy anymore. It has turned into a form of entertainment that satisfies a part of the privileged class in society, while simultaneously showing its devastating side.
Boxing was once virtually eradicated in history
At that time, the privileged class captured criminals, prisoners, and Boxing practicing slaves. They arrested these men when fighting, with their hands wrapped in a special rope, which contained weapons such as pieces of steel, pieces of lead and barbed wire. When forced them to fight is very brutal brutal.
In the eyes of this privileged class, those who fight even if they die will be nothing small. They see fighting like children playing toys, playing around with criminals or being taken prisoner.
Another reason is that in Europe, horse-riding is a sport of the nobility began to flourish. The development of techniques on horseback limited the development of Boxing. People gradually stopped practicing Boxing. Boxing began to decline until almost disappeared.
Thereafter, over 1200 years, until the 17th century, in boxing was revived and developed again. During that 1200-year period, boxing was almost eradicated, and it was unnoticed by everyone.