Boxing Maximum Cards


Stock #: 235745
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
Publisher: Fleetwood
Postmark: 1992 Jun-11
PM City: Baltimore
PM State: MD
Stamp: 29c
Size: 4" x 5.75" (10.25 x 15 cm)
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First Day of Issue: June 11, 1992 First Issue Location: Baltimore, Maryland Boxing made its Olympic debut at the Games held in 688 B.C. Competitors fought with leather straps wound around their fists, and later they added metal rings or knuckles to the straps. But there were no "rounds," no referees or "TKOs." The match continued until one of the competitors signaled defeat. In 648 B.C., pancration was added to the roster of events. A brutal combination of boxing and wrestling, the contest was indeed a free-for-all which again continued until one of the contenders yielded or died - the rules of the game permitted strangulation. Emperor Theodosius I abolished the Games in 393 A.D., but they were reinstituted in 1896 largely through the efforts of Baron Pierre de Coubertin. Boxing was not reinstated until the 1904 Olympic Games held in St. Louis, Missouri. Only 12 countries participated, and the U.S. dominated the competitions. During the 20th century, the sport has introduced gifted athletes; Argentina's Carmelo Robledo; Hungary's Lásló Papp; Cuba's Téofilo Stevenson; America's Cassius Clay and George Foreman