Boxing history

After writing the post “Diet of Boxer” https://lifelivebymaja.com/diet-of-boxer/ I became more and more interested in this sport. I started researching Serbian boxing and became a faithful companion and fan.

Boxing is becoming more and more popular with female audiences, so it is not unusual for me to write about this martial art, which is considered to belong primarily to the male population.

I wanted to unite the history of Serbian and Yugoslav boxing in one place because it was the former Yugoslavia that produced top boxers who are the owners of many European and world championship titles.


Boxing is one of the oldest sports in the world. The forerunner of boxing is mentioned in the earliest civilizations, and boxing dates back to 688 BC. introduced to the competition at the Olympic Games in pankration (a mixture of wrestling and boxing). Boxing was also present in the time of Rome, and in the Middle Ages it was mentioned as a “skill of self-defense”. It has recently appeared in England, and the founder is considered to be James Flag (1719). Bare-handed fights were fought until 1889, after which glove fights were introduced. The International Boxing Federation with Professionals was founded in 1911, and for amateurs in 1920. The first boxing rules originated in England in the middle of the 19th century, and the Marquis of Queensbury published systematized rules of fighting in 1867, and today the “Queensbury” rules are considered the first official boxing rules. It is extremely important that the majority of these rules are still valid in the boxing world.

Olympic boxing is considered one of the most difficult, complex, and specific Olympic disciplines. Boxing came to Serbia at the beginning of the 20th century, it is true, disorganized, and unplanned, and it came down to hitting improvised bags, and then through sparring. In 1911, the first boxing club was founded in Belgrade, and the first boxing match was organized in 1912 in the Belgrade cinema “Kolarac”, where Mileta Nedić performed against Eber, a boxer from Hungary. From 1924 to 1934, boxers performed as members of the Weightlifting and Fist Federation. The Boxing Association of Yugoslavia was founded in 1934 with its headquarters in Zagreb. After the Second World War, on December 18, 1948, the renewed Boxing Federation of Yugoslavia was founded in Belgrade, which operated as the BS FNRY, and later as the BS SFRY. Since the disintegration of the country, in 1991, our boxers have been performing as representatives of FR Yugoslavia, then Serbia and Montenegro, and since 2006 as representatives of the Boxing Association of Serbia (BSS). During the 1970s and early 1980s, Yugoslav boxing achieved great success internationally, both in the amateur and professional versions. It was a time of great champions and holes full of halls with fans who heartily encouraged our boxers to new titles. This period gave birth to great champions, including Mate Parlov, Marijan Benes, Slobodan Kacar, Miodrag Perunovic, Ante Josipovic. Mirko Puzović, Ace Rusevski, Tadija Kacar, Ljubica Simic and others.

Yugoslav boxing won as many as 52 medals at the European championships – six gold, 18 silver, and 28 bronze. Mate Parlov (twice), Marijan Benes, Ace Rusevski, Miodrag Perunovic, and Ljubisa Simic won the most brilliant medals. The most medals – four, were won by Dragoslav Jakovljevic, in the period between 1957 and 1963.


After the period of the 90’s and the beginning of this century, boxing in our country did not record significant results, in the previous year, with the new leadership in the Boxing Association of Serbia, it was launched through actions aimed at popularizing boxing in Serbia. The Boxing League of Serbia has successfully started, as well as the project “Olympic Boxing School”, which has attracted a lot of attention from young people in local communities.


Boxing association of Serbia




Techniques, training, equipment have all experienced a renaissance. The conditions for practicing this sport are much more comfortable and everything a boxer needs is available.

Even on the internet, you can find many blogs that are just writing about boxing.They give advice in all areas of boxing such as:

How To Improve Footwork in Boxing

Face Your Fear

The golden rules of boxing

How To Jump Rope For Boxing

and many others, everything what you can imagine about boxing you can found on internet. You will find articles about all the big issues in Boxing: past, present, and future. It’s all boxing and it’s all here; everything you ever wanted to know, think about, and discuss about all the major issues and questions in the boxing world.

Just type “Boxing blog” on google and magic is coming.

You don’t have to be in a boxing ring to be a great fighter. As long as you are true to yourself, you will succeed in your fight for that in which you believe.” – Muhammad Ali

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