Category Archive: Boxing

Boxers in skirts for London 2012

Women boxers at London 2012 could be wearing skirts. The move has been touted in a bid to differentiate the female boxers from their male counterparts.

The Amateur International Boxing Association has asked women boxers to consider opting for skirts, but only two nations – Poland and Romania – adopted the attire for the recent European Championships.

Poland went as far as to make skirts compulsory.

Coach Leszek Piotrowski said: “By wearing skirts, in my opinion, it gives a good impression, a womanly impression.”

Of all the featherweight boxers competing at the Atlanta Games in 1996, there is no doubt who has made the most lasting impact on the boxing landscape over the course of their career. But at the Olympics, Floyd Mayweather Jr had to settle for just a bronze medal.

Having said that, many observers of his semi-final bout with Bulgarian Serafim Todorov. And that included the referee, who wrongly awarded the bout to Mayweather. He sheepishly reversed his decision seconds later, this time finding in favour of the judges and the PA announcer!

More Classic Olympics FAILs

Video: Team GB gymnast Louis Smith tries his hand at boxing

Speed, agility and stamina are all essential attributes for an Olympic gymnast, but Louis Smith found out the hard way that speed and stamina are perhaps even more important if you are planning on being an Olympic boxer.

We’ll give Louis the excuse that he is using different skills and different muscles than he would in his usual training regime, but it is safe to say that he felt the effects of this session!

The Seoul 1988 Games were blighted by, erm, interesting boxing points decisions in favour of competitors from the host nation.

The most famous incident came in the gold medal bout of the Light-Middleweight class. American Roy Jones Jr had breezed to the final, not losing a single round one the way. read more »