Boxing is one of the events carried over from the ancient Olympic Games. Its Olympic ties date back to the 7th century BC.

Boxing and the Olympics

Boxing is one of the events carried over from the ancient Olympic Games. Its Olympic ties date back to the 7th century BC. The 1904 St. Louis Games introduced boxing to the modern Olympics, and the United States was the only country to compete in the sport that year. Women’s boxing will make its debut at the 2012 London Games.

There are several Michigan athletes competing in boxing this year, including:

  • Ernesto Garza (Saginaw)
  • Juan Goode (Detroit)
  • Jordan Shimmell (Hudsonville)
  • Claressa Shields (Flint)
  • Andrecia Wasson (Centerling)
  • Tylor Lord Wilder (Lansing)

At the 2012 London Games boxing will be held August 9, and August 11-12. There are a total of thirteen gold medals.

Boxing at Michigan State

Boxing is not a collegiate sport, so there is no MSU team. There has been boxing at MSU in the past, as shown in these photos from the MSU Archives & Historical Collections.

Boxer Chuck Davey - ca. 1940

Two students box at an intramural match - 1956

Photo Credits: MSU Archives & Historical Collections

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