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A popular combat sport in which two athletes enter a boxing ring wearing protective boxing gloves. The objective of the sport is to successfully throw and land punches against one’s opponent during a predetermined period. The winner is determined by judges decision at the end of a prearranged number of rounds or through a knock-out (i.e. punching their opponent off their feet making them unable to continue).

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What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Hand-to-hand combat was practiced as a sport in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. The modern version of the sport became codified in England, beginning in 1743 with the introduction of Broughton’s Rules. The introduction of Queensberry Rules in 1867 provided the foundation for modern boxing, establishing rules concerning style, equipment, and timing of matches. Beginning in the 1890s, boxing in Canada began to grow as a popular form of entertainment and sport.

Who takes part?

Men and women participate in boxing.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Boxing is a year round sport, with fight dates and tournaments organized by leagues and organizations as they see fit.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

There are dozens of boxing clubs throughout the GTA.

Cultural Significance


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  • Atlas Boxing & Fitness Club
    100 Bridgeland Ave
    Toronto, ON M6A 1Z4
  • Carlaw Industrial Centre
    388 Carlaw Ave
    Toronto, ON M4M 2T4
  • Stockyards Boxing and Fitness Centre
    215 Ryding Avenue
    Toronto, ON M6N 1H6
  • Xtreme Couture
    700 Kipling Ave
    Etobicoke, ON M8Z 5G3
  • Cabbagetown Boxing Club
    2 Lancaster Ave
    Toronto, ON M4X 1C1
  • Sully’s Boxing & Athletic Club
    1024 Dupont St
    Toronto, ON M6H 1Z6
  • Headrush Training Centre
    4884 Dufferin Street
    North York, ON M3H 5S8
  • Kingsway Boxing Club
    3005 Bloor St W
    Toronto, ON M8X 1C3
  • Undisputed MMA
    127 Sunrise Ave
    North York, ON M4A 1A9
  • Big Hit Studios
    66 Sudbury St
    Toronto, ON M6J 0B7
  • Built By Mack
    900 Don Mills Rd
    Toronto, ON M3C 1V6
  • Wayne Bourque Centre Ring
    22 Balliol St
    Toronto, ON M4S 1C1
  • No Excuse Fitness and Training
    1400 Plains Rd. E.
    Hamilton, ON L7R 3P8

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