This earliest form of modern boxing was very different. Figg's time, in addition to fist fighting, also contained fencing and cudgeling.On 6 January 1681, the first recorded boxing match took place in Britain when Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle (and later Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica) engineered a bout between his butler and his butcher with the latter winning the prize. There were no weight divisions or round limits, and no referee. An early article on boxing was published in Nottingham, 1713, by Sir Thomas Parkyns, a successful Wrestler from Bunny, Nottinghamshire, who had practised the techniques he described.The first documented account of a bare-knuckle fight in England appeared in 1681 in the London Protestant Mercury, and the first English bare-knuckle champion was James Figg in 1719.This is also the time when the word "boxing" first came to be used.Hitting a downed fighter and grasping below the waist were prohibited.
The result is decided when an opponent is deemed incapable to continue by a referee, is disqualified for breaking a rule, or resigns by throwing in a towel.In Ancient Greece boxing was a well developed sport and enjoyed consistent popularity.In Olympic terms, it was first introduced in the 23rd Olympiad, 688 BC.However, there are detailed records of various fist-fighting sports that were maintained in different cities and provinces of Italy between the 12th and 17th centuries.
There was also a sport in ancient Rus called Kulachniy Boy or "Fist Fighting".However, especially in later times, purchased slaves and trained combat performers were valuable commodities, and their lives were not given up without due consideration.