What’s the deal?
It’s a battle of strength and speed, as two people face-off in a (padded-gloved) fistfight.
No, seriously. Why do I want to watch people punch each other in the face?
Sister, you don’t understand. In terms of sheer athleticism, nothing holds a candle to boxers. They have amazing agility and power. Plus, their endurance while playing both offense and defense is second to none.
Events are by weight class — men have ten different weight classes; women have just three. This year, professionals will also be able to compete in the Olympics.
Five reasons to watch:
- Abs of steel.
- You’ll learn the difference between a flyweight, a bantamweight and a welterweight.
- The oxymoron that is the light heavyweight class.
- By using the pros’ 10-point scoring system, it might be a little easier to understand.
- This is just the second Olympics for female boxers–give them a little support.
Everyone’s talking about:
This Olympics, boxers won’t use headgear, which has been in place since the 1984 Olympics as a measure to decrease concussions. Concussions in sport has been a major topic of conversation, so it’ll be interesting to see if this change has any effect.
If you’ve got The Fever, you’re watching:
Paddy Barnes. The 2012 medal-winning light flyweight from Ireland is looking to dump his nickname “Paddy Bronze” in hopes of being called “Paddy Gold.”
Potential drinking game:
Every time the announcers talk about Cam F. Awesome, drink. Yes, the American heavyweight legally changed his name from Lenroy Thompson to Cam F. Awesome.
The perfect snack:
Jab some fresh vegetables into a little bit of dip, then punch them into your mouth.
Want to get into the ring yourself? The AIBA is the Olympic-recognized federation. In the U.S., Golden Gloves runs another popular amateur competition.
Prefer a ringside (or inside ring) take on the action? Consider becoming an official.