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December 29, 2016

Boxing in the Early 20th Century – 22 Vintage Snapshots of Boxers From Between the 1900s and '20s

Boxing, often called "the manly art of self-defense," or also called pugilism (literally fist fight) and prizefighting (in other words, the fight for prizes/money) is a sport of fighting with fists in which two competitors try to hit each other with their glove-encased fists while trying to avoid each other's blows.

The competition is divided into a specified number of rounds, usually 3 minutes long, with 1-minute rest periods between rounds. Although amateur boxing is widespread, professional boxing has flourished on an even grander scale since the early 18th century.

Boxing has been included in the Olympic Games program since 1904. For centuries people used their fists to resolve disputes before someone thought of organizing such fights as entertainment.

These are some of vintage photos of boxers from between the 1900s and 1920s.

Boxer George (Knockout) Brown of Chicago with autograph, ca. early 1900s

Boxer George (Knockout) Brown of Chicago with autograph, ca. early 1900s

Boxer Harry Tracy, ca. 1900-08

Jack Johnson boxing Frank Moran, spectators in background, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1909

 James Jeffries and Sam Berge sparring in the boxing ring, 1909

 French boxer Charles 'Little Apache' Ledoux and Frank Fleming, 1910

French boxer Charles 'Little Apache' Ledoux, 1910

 South African boxer Fred Storbeck, 1910

 Bombardier Billy Wells, English boxer, preparing for a fight with Al Panzer, 1912

 Willard Jack Johnson fight in Cuba, 1915

7 Boxer Charley White, ca. 1910s

7 Boxer Charley White, ca. 1910s

7 Boxer Charley White, ca. 1910s

7 Boxer Charley White, ca. 1910s

7 Boxer Charley White, ca. 1910s

Boxers and referee in outdoor boxing ring, 1919

A boxer practicing his boxing moves at the Washington DC barracks, 1924

American boxer Johnny Ray posing for pictures during a photo shoot, 1920

American boxer Johnny Ray posing for pictures during a photo shoot, 1920

Argentinian boxer Luis Firpo, ca. 1920s

Boxing champion Jack Dempsey in the late 1920s

Boxing champion Jack Dempsey sparring in the ring, ca. 1920s
(Photos from RetroSnapshots)

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