Boxing featured all the way back at the ancient Olympic Games in the 7th century BC - there they fought with strips of leather wrapped around their fists! In the 19th century, boxing was formalised with rules in Great Britain and it has featured at all modern Olympic Games since , except At Tokyo women will compete in five weight divisions and men in eight divisions. Read more on the Tokyo website. Find out more on the GB Boxing website.
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The Amateur Boxing Association collection boasts 22 bound ABA minute books that date back to the founding of the association in providing a rich insight into the amateur sport. There are also papers relating to other meetings and commissions including selection committee minutes, adjudication minutes, the Women's Commission and the Youth Commission. There are papers and correspondence relating to the organisation and administration of tournaments both domestic and overseas, liaison with regional associations, the training of coaches, awareness programmes and membership.
England Boxing , known until as the Amateur Boxing Association of England ,  is the governing body of amateur boxing clubs in England. There are separate organisations for Scotland and Wales with boxing in Northern Ireland being organised on an All-Ireland basis. The Association was founded in In it organised the first ABA Championships the following year.