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Weight categories were not used, which meant heavyweights had a tendency to dominate.

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However, especially in later times, purchased slaves and trained combat performers were valuable commodities, and their lives were not given up without due consideration.

Often slaves were used against one another in a circle marked on the floor. In AD 393, during the Roman gladiator period, boxing was abolished due to excessive brutality.

Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring.

Amateur boxing is both an Olympic and Commonwealth Games sport and is a common fixture in most international games—it also has its own World Championships.

While humans have fought in hand-to-hand combat since before the dawn of history, boxing as an organized sport may have its origin in the ancient Greeks as an Olympic game in 688 BC.

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