Boxing

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20th Cen­tury

Hand pro­tec­tion used for fight­ing dates back to the An­cient Greeks, who used strips of ox hide wrapped around their hands – these were known as hi­mantes. To­day, the gloves that are used in mod­ern boxing were de­vel­oped dur­ing the 20th cen­tury. This pair be­longed to Muham­mad Ali, from his 1963 bout against Henry Cooper. In the fourth round, Cooper struck Ali with a left hook, al­most knock­ing him out. Ali gained an ex­tra 20 sec­onds to re­cover af­ter it was no­ticed that one of his gloves had split, ex­pos­ing the horse­hair pad­ding in­side.

Ali’s glove were fea­tured in an ex­hi­bi­tion of his life, ‘I Am The Great­est’, at the O2 Arena in 2016

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