It is considered that the history of boxing has started in 1719, when the first official champion of England James Figg appeared.
In a duel, consisting of a round with swords, clubs and fists, he defeated a strong fighter Ned Sutton. James Figg owned this title from 1719 to 1729, he was the first teacher of pugilism, and also the organizer of the prize ring. In 1719 he opened the boxing academy in London. In this educational institution, which was unusually popular among young people, besides fist fighting, fencing on swords and the art of fighting against clubs were taught.