Boxing is known as "the sweet science," but it's also a harsh sport whose practitioners sometimes suffer adverse consequences, like brain damage, later in life. So why do they do it? For the challenge of proving themselves in the ring and more than that, for the glory.
The names of some boxers have become legendary. Like Muhammad Ali, formerly Cassius Clay, considered by many to be the greatest fighter of all time. Or Manny Pacquaio, the sensation from the Philippines. Not all of our most beloved boxers are real, even: consider Rocky Balboa, "the Italian Stallion," the main character of a run of movies from 1976 to 2015.
Despite its toll on physical and mental health, boxing is a big part of Western culture, and probably always will be. Just witness the common expressions that boxing has given us, from "go the distance," "down for the count," and "in (one's) corner."
How much do you know about boxing? Do you know who fought in the "Rumble in the Jungle"? When would a referee call for a standing eight count? For whom are the formal rules of boxing named? We'll test you on all this and more. See if you can go the distance with our quiz!