Archaeological evidence suggests boxing existed in North Africa as early as 4000 BC and had also developed in the Mediterranean by 1500 BC. Around 900 BC a mythical Greek ruler named Theseus allegedly invented a form of boxing in which two men, seated face to face, would beat each other with their fists until one of them was killed. In time, the boxers began to fight while standing and wear gloves (not padded) and wrappings on their arms below the elbows, although otherwise they competed naked. First accepted as an Olympic sport in 688 BC, participants trained on punching bags.
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