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The Greeks were the first boxers. Pugilism appears to have been one of the earliest distinctions in play and exercise that appeared between the Hellenes and their Asiatic fathers. The unarmed personal encounter was indicative of a sturdier manhood.

John Boyle O'Reilly


Author Profession: Poet
Nationality: Irish
Born: June 28, 1844
Died: August 10, 1890


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