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boxing: a history
minutiae Posted 2006-10-05 12:43:24 by Jim Crawford
Boxing has been in the news lately since Uwe Boll, in an attempt to prove that his films are good after all, challenged his critics to take him on in the ring. But did you know that boxing was not always a violent sport?

As conceived in 1632 by Portuguese printing press operator Andre Felipe, boxing was a gentleman's game, in which two men would square off and regale each other with stories monotonous for days on end, until one of them fell to the ground from boredom or exhaustion. Over the next few years the new sport developed a respectable following of a few hundred local socialites.

Ironically, it was Felipe's son, Andre Felipe Felipe, who developed what he called the “Punching” strategy, in 1637, after seeing a schoolboy strike another in anger, causing him to fall down. When Andre Felipe Felipe challenged the then-champion, British expatriate “Sleepless” Bill Bishop, to a match, Bishop was the odds-on favorite. You can imagine his surprise when, while he was describing what he had had for breakfast that morning, Andre walked up and thumped him in the neck, sending him down “for the count,” in the parlance of our time.

While it was universally agreed that the boy had violated the spirit of the game, officials were unable to find any actual rule that “Punching” violated, and were forced to let the victory stand. This upset caused an uproar in the boxing community large enough to spill over into local newspapers, which drew the interest of many outsiders to come see what all the fuss was about. The newcomers were enthralled to engage in these borderline-barbaric displays of human strength and skill, and the rest is history -- after a few spoilsport schoolmarms single-minded about safety added the padded gloves, of course.

Today's boxing enthusiasts fantasize about a newcomer that would rock the ring the way Felipe did. Calcification of the modern rule set has essentially locked the “Punching” strategy into place, but it's easy to get caught up in the fantasy. Young scholars with big dreams often enter the ring with their crazy new trick, usually a variant of hypnosis, and though they've achieved the occasional victory, none of the gimmicks have been robust enough to make it to the big time.

The real wonder, though, is that Andre Felipe's original vision of boxing is still around! Gentleman's Boxing clubs can be found in cities all over the world. You can visit one most any day of the week and see two erudite gentlemen exchanging pleasantries in the ring. Most people only come to watch a few hours of a match and then leave, but every once in a while you'll find amongst your elders a stout fellow, a die-hard fan, who perhaps witnessed that historic battle between Felipe and Bishop, who for love of the sport must stay to witness the last glorious seconds of wakefulness slip away... only to return to fight again another day.
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Posted by Anonymous on 2006-10-06 14:11:41
I find this doubtful, it is common knowledge that humans are rather violent in nature, and thus has the implication that such fist fighting had existed long before 1632 as is alleged. And while the story is interesting. Additionally, no searches or anything of the like brings any mention of this Andre Felipe, or any of these Gentleman's boxing clubs that supposedly exist all over the world. Though according to many searches the first real rules for boxing were the london prize ring rules, made in 1743

So, as it turns out, People had "boxed" prior to this date, and the rule set was created nearly 100 years later while claiming to be the first. Additionally the word "Box" seemed to have shown up circa 1567 with the meaning "to fight with the fists".


So, this makes it unlikely that
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Posted by Jim Crawford on 2006-10-06 22:53:29
What possible reason could I have for making all this up?

That humans are violent is not in doubt, nor is that "fist fighting" has existed since prehistory. I think it's interesting, however, that you believe that the violent nature of humans precludes them from creating non-violent sports, as Andre Felipe did in 1632. Do you also doubt the existence of figure skating?

As for your searches, let this be a lesson that you can't rely on the Internet for serious research. My primary source of information for this article was the Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th ed., published in 2003. If the Gentleman's Boxing clubs have all vanished mysteriously in the past three years, I apologize.
I doubt the existence of figure skating!
Posted by Anonymous (nicanor) on 2006-10-07 18:46:45
I doubt the existence of figure skating!
re: I doubt the existence of figure skating!
Posted by Jim Crawford on 2006-10-08 05:55:50
I can respect that.
More Boxing History
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-04 23:39:06
Thanks for your brilliantly succinct account of boxing's 17th century antecedents. It is noteworthy that as late as 1747, Sir Horatio Dawkins was still referring to the increasingly popular pugilistic art of his day as "damnable mumbling".
Can confirm...
Posted by Anonymous (freshgrilled) on 2014-04-29 22:58:38
Well played @Jim Crawford. I too played "Frog Fractions" and listened as they narrated this in the background during the underwater (spoiler?) exploration... This was listed elsewhere as a fabrication.
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Posted by Anonymous (rosy) on 2014-11-26 20:46:51
anon, jim crawford /MADE/ this. look at the date of posting.
good post
Posted by Anonymous on 2016-10-18 21:11:47
I find it very interesting and funny i like it very much and it helps that the text used a good font and beautiful formating also colors not very bad but not very good either too many contrast option is too upper and it hurrts my eyes because the contrast option is too many upper.

But also very interesting information because i like boxing and is funny to know that it wasnt no violent sport before it is pugilisting witch i find more entertaining but still very good stories of boredom also i think andre felipe is a genious for creating such a gentlemens sport but also i think andre felipe felipe is the real genious for creating the fighting technique witch is not only very good for gentlements boxing but also for pugilism witch requires fighting skills to win. In conclusion, very good post congratulations Jim Crawford and also your site is very interesting i am a big fan of Super Mario Bros. and i think goombas are the easiest enemies witch doenst make them bad it is just an observating and also i see there is a flying goomba in the header witch is very much more difficult to defeat but still not the hardest i think the hardest enemie to kill is bowser witch throws a lot of hammers like he throws 10 of them one after the other and you have to get the axe to defeat him i don't know why the axe breaks the bride witch makes browser fall in the lava pool and i don't know why browser has a lava pool because it is very hot and the bridge could be melted before mario came but anyways it is good to defeat bowsert because you can save the princess and be happily ever after i mean before Super Mario 2 came about but there is this theory that Super Mario Bros 2 is just a dream witch i think is true because the ending shows mario sleeping and dreaming and also there is a theory that Super Mario Bros 3 is just a theater show because there is the curtains in the opening and stuff like this so i think they do live happily ever after Super Mario Bros. 1 except there is also Super Mario World and then there is also Super Mario 64 and a lots more of Mario games witch is a matter for another post i think but anyways thank you for your excelent boxing post it is very informative and i look foward to reading the next ones in your site. Have a great one, see ya!

I just read in the preview window that you can use HTML tags to personalize your post so i think i will use them now thank you for being very much informative Crawford also i just noticed the dancing stick figure in the lower left corner of the screen witch i think is very creative because text doenst more normaly i wonder if there is a HTML tag that makes it so your text can move i will test them below if you don't mind thank you very much and have a great one!

So i cannot use the HTML tags system because it says that the tags are unbalanced and i should fix it but i dont know what that means so i think i will be posting without a moving stick figure witch is sad but is okay because i think this is a great blog and also a very informative one so its ok but please explain better what unbalanced tags mean okay? Have a great one bye bye.
Loved the game
Posted by Anonymous (D Osmand) on 2017-01-06 18:19:23
Just finished Frog Fractions 10 minutes ago and happened upon this website whilst searching for more details on the boxing information.
Thanks Jim.
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Posted by Anonymous (tb) on 2017-01-16 20:29:05
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Posted by Anonymous on 2017-02-21 10:14:26
I certify that Crawford's account of my father is true.


Andre Felipe Felipe Felipe
Lisbon, Portugal
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Posted by Anonymous on 2017-03-19 02:46:11
commenting on a piece of history
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Posted by Anonymous (Anonymous) on 2017-08-28 10:00:01
© 1632 Andre Felipe. All rights reserved. Boxing, the History of Boxing, Andre Felipe Felipe, and the 'Punching' strategy are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Andre Felipe. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
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