Lima 2019 is getting ready to welcome the best boxers from Latin America and the Americas during the XVIII edition of the Pan American Games.
Boxing is one of the oldest contact sports in the world and its rules have evolved over time. It takes place in a boxing ring, where two opponents throw punches at each other from waist up, using only their gloved fists. The fight is divided into short fight sequences called rounds.
Boxing is one of the sports that over the last decade has been recovering a favorable position in the international sports field. Renowned national athletes have obtained the highest recognitions in their category such as: Kina Malpartida, who won the first world boxing championship in the super feather category in 2009; Alberto Rossel Contreras, who conquered the world championship in the light flyweight category in 2012; Linda Lecca, who claimed our country’s third gold in a world championship in the super flyweight category of the World Boxing Association.
Its roots date back to ancient Greece and Rome, when fighters wore straps of leather wrapped around their hands and Romans even implemented metal pieces that caused death wounds to the fighters. Boxing debuted at the San Luis Olympic Games at the beginning of the 20th century.
Although this sport was part of the first Pan Am Games in 1951, it was not until Guadalajara 2011 that women’s boxing was introduced.
Hook: A semi-circular punch short delivered with a bent elbow.
Jab: A quick, straight punch.
Knockout: If, as a result of being hit, a boxer touches the floor with any part of his body other than his feet, he is considered down. If the boxer remains down for a count of 10 seconds, the opponent wins by knockout.
Standing eight counts: A precautionary count made by the referee to determine whether a boxer has sufficiently recovered from a heavy blow or a series of blows.
Uppercut: A vertical, upward-thrusting punch.