Boxing has been contested at every Summer Olympic Games since its introduction to the program at the Summer Olympics , except for the Summer Olympics in Stockholm , because Swedish law banned the sport at the time. The Summer Olympics were the final games with boxing as a male only event. Since the Summer Olympics , women's boxing is part of the program. The boxing competition is organized as a set of tournaments, one for each weight class.
The earliest evidence of boxing dates back to Egypt around BC. Later, in Rome, leather thongs were exchanged for the cestus — a glove studded with metal. Unfortunately this did not help the gladiators involved, as boxing matches of the era usually ended with the death of one or other contestant. With the fall of the Roman Empire, boxing came to an abrupt end.
Winning a Gold Medal at the Olympics is the greatest achievement possible in amateur boxing. A successful showing in the Olympics has also proven to be the best possible way to launch a professional boxing career much better than 'paying your dues' on the pro circuit. So how does an amateur fighter go about qualifying for the Olympics? Unlike most other Olympic sports, nations cannot simply field their top competitors in boxing. The slots are limited to male in 10 weight classes and 36 female in three weight classes.