from July 27 to August 12
Boxing is one of the oldest forms of fighting. The sport was already popular in the 7th century BC. In the modern Olympics it was first present in St. Louis 1904, only missing the Games in Stockhol 1912 due to Swedish laws. Among the legends that have won gold are Cassius Clay (layer known as Muhammad Ali in 1960), George Foreman (1968) and Oscar de la Hoya (1992). In London, the women will be included for the first time in the history of the Games.
The fights are three rounds long, each lasting three minutes, and the athletes use gloves as well as mouth guards, cups, and helmets to preserve their physical integrity. There are two ways to decide a winner, one is by the number of connected hits, counted by judges, and the other is by knockout, when one of the combatants falls and is not fit to keep fighting.
They will be protagonists at the Olympic Games
Stars that made history in the Olympic Games
The Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko won the world title in 2009 and 2011 and Olympic gold medal in Beijing 2008 in the featherweight division.
He guaranteed a place at London 2012 with an unprecedented fact for the Brazilian amateur boxing: became world champion in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2011.
Also known as Cassius Clay, he was Olympic champion in Rome 1960, before becoming a symbol in the 1960's civil rights movement.
Two-time Olympic Champion in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, he defected from the Cuban delegation during the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.