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July 27, 1929


JAMA. 1929;93(4):286-287. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710040038016

Training received by German prisoners in England during the war, the introduction of American methods of newspaper publicity for the sport, the financial returns to professional boxers, and a genuine interest in physical development have all played some part, no doubt, in making boxing prevalent in Germany. Competing bouts are held for the various championships according to the most approved English and American regulations, and boxing for physical training is general in German high schools, the army and the navy. It is difficult to understand why adoption of the "manly art" by the Germans should have been so long delayed. The sport goes back to Greek Olympiads and to contests in which Roman gladiators fought "to the death" with spiked gloves. Unlike some other sports, such as rowing or skiing, it is independent of the seasons, and it compares favorably with most of them in the opportunity it offers for