Boxing is one of the oldest sports in the world. The forerunner of boxing is mentioned in the earliest civilizations, and boxing dates back to 688 BC. introduced to the competition at the Olympic Games in pankration (a mixture of wrestling and boxing). Boxing was also present in the time of Rome, and in the Middle Ages it was mentioned as a "skill of self-defense". It has recently appeared in England, and the founder is considered to be James Flag (1719). Bare-handed fights were fought until 1889, after which fights in gloves were introduced. The International Boxing Federation with professionals was founded in 1911, and for amateurs in 1920. The first boxing rules originated in England in the middle of the 19th century, and the Marquis of Queensbury published systematic rules of fighting in 1867, and today the "Queensbury" rules are considered the first official boxing rules. It is extremely important that the majority of these rules are still valid in the boxing world.
Olympic boxing is considered one of the most difficult, complex and specific Olympic disciplines. Boxing came to Serbia at the beginning of the 20th century, it is true, disorganized and unplanned, and it came down to hitting improvised bags, and then through sparring. In 1911, the first boxing club was founded in Belgrade, and the first boxing match was organized in 1912 in the Belgrade cinema "Kolarac", where Mileta Nedić performed against Eber, a boxer from Hungary. From 1924 to 1934, boxers performed as members of the Weightlifting and Fist Federation. The Boxing Association of Yugoslavia was founded in 1934 with its headquarters in Zagreb. After the Second World War, on December 18, 1948, the renewed Boxing Federation of Yugoslavia was founded in Belgrade, which operated as the BS FNRY, and later as the BS SFRY. Since the disintegration of the country, in 1991, our boxers have been performing as representatives of FR Yugoslavia, then Serbia and Montenegro, and since 2006 as representatives of the Boxing Association of Serbia (BSS).
During the 1970s and early 1980s, Yugoslav boxing achieved great internationally success, both in the amateur and professional versions. It was a time of great champions and holes full of halls with fans who heartily encouraged our boxers to new titles. This period gave birth to great champions, including Mate Parlov, Marijan Beneš, Slobodan Kačar, Miodrag Perunović, Ante Josipović. Mirko Puzovic, Ace Rusevski, Tadija Kacar, Ljubisa Simic and others.
Yugoslav boxing won as many as 52 medals at the European championships - six gold, 18 silver and 28 bronze. Mate Parlov (twice), Marijan Beneš, Ace Rusevski, Miodrag Perunović, and Ljubiša Simić won the most brilliant medals. The most medals - four, were won by Dragoslav Jakovljević, in the period between 1957 and 1963.
SERBIAN BOXING LEAGUE AND THE "OLYMPIC BOXING SCHOOL" PROJECT FOR THE FUTURE OF SERBIA
After the period of the 90's and the beginning of this century, boxing in our country did not record significant results, in the previous year, with the new leadership in the Boxing Association of Serbia, it was launched through actions aimed at popularizing boxing in Serbia. The Boxing League of Serbia has successfully started, as well as the project "Olympic Boxing School", which has attracted a lot of attention from young people in local communities.