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Why is boxing ring called a “ring” when its square?

When boxing arena is in square shape then why do we call it a boxing ring? Isn’t that strange? Never thought about this? Let’s know the simple reason behind it.

The square boxing ring was introduced in 1838, through a reform of the London Prize Ring Rules. The sport of boxing is however almost two hundred years older and in the early days the audience stood usually in a circle (ring) around the fighters  – similar to a street spectacle. The battlefield was thus circular and the boundary of the field was named in accordance i.e. ring. So when in 1838 the new rules were introduced, the term boxing ring equivalent to the outer boundary of the battlefield didn’t change and the fact that the battlefield was suddenly square and was spanned with ropes, it has then changed nothing and the name remained the same.

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