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Boxing makes its Olympic Games debut in St Louis, with bouts taking place across seven weight categories.

Boxing makes it debut at the St Loius Olympic Games ©Team GB
Boxing makes it debut at the St Loius Olympic Games ©Team GB
1904

The International Amateur Boxing Federation - or Federation Internationale de Boxe Amateur (FIBA) in French - is founded during the Olympic Games in Antwerp, and comprises 11 National Member Federations. Great Britain’s John H. Douglas, the 1908 Olympic middleweight gold medallist and an England cricketer, is appointed President.

Great Britain’s John H. Douglas, the 1908 Olympic middleweight gold medallist and an England cricketer, is appointed President ©Wikipedia
Great Britain’s John H. Douglas, the 1908 Olympic middleweight gold medallist and an England cricketer, is appointed President ©Wikipedia
1920

The first-ever FIBA Executive Committee is elected at the fifth FIBA Congress in Paris. A decision is made to limit the number of entries to the Olympic Games to one boxer per country per category, while bouts are fixed to three rounds of three minutes instead of two rounds of three minutes and one round of four minutes, as it had been before.

The number of entries to the Olympic Games are limited to one boxer per country per category ©Getty Images
The number of entries to the Olympic Games are limited to one boxer per country per category ©Getty Images
1926

A decision is made at the ninth FIBA Congress in Brussels to have referees officiate from inside the ring, as opposed to sitting outside on a high chair, and to have neutral judges at ringside.

A decision is made to have referees officiate from inside the ring ©Getty Images
A decision is made to have referees officiate from inside the ring ©Getty Images
1931

Boxers are allowed to wear a cup protector and a gumshield for the first time at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Boxers are able to allowed to wear gumshields a the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games ©Olympic.org
Boxers are able to allowed to wear gumshields a the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games ©Olympic.org
1932

The FIBA was dissolved and the English Amateur Boxing Association in partnership with the French Boxing Federation decided to create the Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur (AIBA). At its first Congress in London, attended by 21 countries, France’s Emile Grémaux is elected the first President.

The newly formed AIBA had its first Congress in London ©Getty Images
The newly formed AIBA had its first Congress in London ©Getty Images
1946

The AIBA Medical Commission is founded at an Extraordinary Congress in London.

The AIBA Medical Commission is founded ©Getty Images
The AIBA Medical Commission is founded ©Getty Images
1948

The second AIBA Congress takes place in Copenhagen, bringing together 54 National Member Federations. New rules are adopted stipulating that a contest should be stopped if a boxer has been knocked down three times in a round. The light welterweight and light heavyweight categories are introduced, increasing the total number of weight classes to 10.

The second AIBA Congress takes place in Copenhagen ©Getty Images
The second AIBA Congress takes place in Copenhagen ©Getty Images
1950

Bronze medal contests do not feature at the Olympics for the first time in Finland’s capital Helsinki. The two beaten semi-finalists are automatically placed third.

Bronze medal contests do not feature at the Olympics for the first time in Finland’s capital Helsinki ©Olympic.org
Bronze medal contests do not feature at the Olympics for the first time in Finland’s capital Helsinki ©Olympic.org
1952

Britain’s Rudyard H. Russell is elected AIBA President at the governing body's fifth Congress in Interlaken in Switzerland. It follows the death of Emile Grémaux three years earlier.

AIBA's fifth Congress takes place in Interlaken in Switzerland ©Wikipedia
AIBA's fifth Congress takes place in Interlaken in Switzerland ©Wikipedia
1962

The light flyweight category features at the Olympic Games for the first time in Mexico City, increasing the total number of weight classes to 11.

The light flyweight category features for the first time at the Mexico City Olympic Games ©Getty Images
The light flyweight category features for the first time at the Mexico City Olympic Games ©Getty Images
1968

The seventh AIBA Congress takes place in Paris, bringing together 111 National Member Federations.

The seventh AIBA Congress takes place in Paris ©Getty Images
The seventh AIBA Congress takes place in Paris ©Getty Images
1970

Boxing gloves with white hitting surface are used for the first time at the Olympic Games in Munich.

Boxing gloves with white hitting surface are used for the first time at the Olympic Games in Munich ©Getty Images
Boxing gloves with white hitting surface are used for the first time at the Olympic Games in Munich ©Getty Images
1972

The first AIBA World Championships are held in Cuba’s capital Havana, with 242 athletes from 45 countries taking part. The Soviet Union's N.F. Nikiforov-Denisov is elected AIBA President at the eighth Congress in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. An AIBA fund is set up with the aim of developing boxing around the world; thus Olympic Solidarity becomes part of AIBA’s work.

The first AIBA World Championships take place in the Cuban capital of Havana ©Getty Images
The first AIBA World Championships take place in the Cuban capital of Havana ©Getty Images
1974

The United States' Col. Don F. Hull, a graduate of West Point and a World War Two veteran, is elected AIBA President at the ninth Congress in Madrid, where 127 National Member Federations are represented.

 The ninth AIBA Congress takes place in Madrid ©Getty Images
The ninth AIBA Congress takes place in Madrid ©Getty Images
1978

The first AIBA World Junior Championships are held in the Japanese city of Yokohama, while the inaugural AIBA World Cup takes place in New York City.

The first AIBA World Junior Championships are held in the Japanese city of Yokohama ©Getty Images
The first AIBA World Junior Championships are held in the Japanese city of Yokohama ©Getty Images
1979

The super heavyweight category is included for the first time at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The wearing of headguards is made compulsory too. 

Headguards are made compulsory at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games ©Getty Images
Headguards are made compulsory at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games ©Getty Images
1984

Pakistan's Anwar Chowdhry, then secretary general of the Asian Boxing Federation, is elected as the fifth AIBA President, replacing Col. Don F. Hull.

Anwar Chowdhry of Pakistan becomes the fifth AIBA President ©Wikipedia
Anwar Chowdhry of Pakistan becomes the fifth AIBA President ©Wikipedia
1986

The AIBA Vice-Presidents' Bureau adopts principles for the maintenance of boxing as an Olympic sport.

Principles for the maintenance of boxing as an Olympic sport are adopted ©Getty Images
Principles for the maintenance of boxing as an Olympic sport are adopted ©Getty Images
1988

The fifth AIBA World Championships are held in Moscow with 236 boxers from 43 countries participating. An electronic scoring machine is used for the first time to make judges’ officiating more objective.

The fifth AIBA World Championships are held in Moscow ©Getty Images
The fifth AIBA World Championships are held in Moscow ©Getty Images
1989

The AIBA Vice-Presidents’ Bureau adopts a resolution on women’s boxing at a meeting in Tunisia’s capital Tunis.

The AIBA Vice-Presidents’ Bureau adopts a resolution on women’s boxing ©Getty Images
The AIBA Vice-Presidents’ Bureau adopts a resolution on women’s boxing ©Getty Images
1993

The 13th AIBA Congress takes place in Beijing, bringing together 187 National Member Federations. A decision is made to use only 10oz gloves in order to increase boxers’ safety, while the upper age limit is extended from 32 to 34 years of age on the basis of measures introduced to improve the protection of the boxers’ health. Furthermore, women’s boxing is recognised.

The 13th AIBA Congress takes place in Beijing ©Getty Images
The 13th AIBA Congress takes place in Beijing ©Getty Images
1994

A new rule stipulates that every boxer must possess an official AIBA competition record book in which they must be certified as fit to box by a qualified doctor.

Every boxer must now posses an official AIBA competition record book ©Wikipedia
Every boxer must now posses an official AIBA competition record book ©Wikipedia
1996

Chinese Taipei’s C K Wu is elected as the sixth AIBA President at the 16th Congress in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. Wu secures 83 votes against the 79 of Anwar Chowdhry, who by then had served five consecutive terms as President. 

Chinese Taipei’s C K Wu is elected as the sixth AIBA President at the 16th Congress in Santo Domingo ©EUBC
Chinese Taipei’s C K Wu is elected as the sixth AIBA President at the 16th Congress in Santo Domingo ©EUBC
2006

The AIBA Reform Committee, tasked with taking AIBA into a new era, is launched at the Executive Committee meeting in Taiwan with International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board member, Gerhard Heiberg, named as chairman. A new AIBA is born following the approval of the Reform Committee’s recommendations by the 196 National Member Federations at the Extraordinary Congress in Chicago. Changes include the introduction of a new logo, new statutes and new competition rules.

Gerhard Heiberg is named AIBA Reform Committee chairman ©Getty Images
Gerhard Heiberg is named AIBA Reform Committee chairman ©Getty Images
2007

AIBA's Road to Dream programme is launched with the aim of assisting boxers and coaches from emerging countries in training and for further participation in AIBA World Championships by covering all their expenses. Also launched is the World Series of Boxing (WSB) which would see the world's best boxers compete in a unique team format.

The World Series of Boxing is launched ©World Series of Boxing
The World Series of Boxing is launched ©World Series of Boxing
2009

The introduction of women’s boxing at the Olympic Games is accepted by the IOC Executive Board.

Women's boxing at the Olympic Games is accepted by the IOC ©Getty Images
Women's boxing at the Olympic Games is accepted by the IOC ©Getty Images
2010

The creation of AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) is approved allowing fighters to compete professionally while maintaining their Olympic eligibility.

AIBA Pro Boxing is created ©AIBA
AIBA Pro Boxing is created ©AIBA
2011

Women’s boxing makes its Olympic Games debut in London. Britain’s Nicola Adams becomes the first female fighter to win an Olympic gold medal, defeating China’s Ren Cancan in the flyweight final. 

Nicola Adams became the first female Olympic boxing champion at London 2012 ©Getty Images
Nicola Adams became the first female Olympic boxing champion at London 2012 ©Getty Images
2012

Following extensive studies on boxers' safety, including two statistical reviews by the AIBA Medical Commission where more than 2,000 bouts were studied, AIBA decides that boxers in all elite men’s competitions will no longer wear headguards. All available data is said to have indicated that the removal of headguards would result in a decreased number of concussions.

It is decided boxers in men's elite competition will no longer wear headguards ©AIBA
It is decided boxers in men's elite competition will no longer wear headguards ©AIBA
2013

C K Wu officially opens the AIBA World Boxing Academy, an integrated training institute in Almaty, Kazakhstan, which sets the best practice and global standards for boxing education, development and performance. Wu is re-elected as AIBA President during the Congress in Jeju in South Korea where the removal of headguards as a safety measure for elite male boxers is unanimously supported.

The World Boxing Academy is opened in Kazakhstan ©AIBA
The World Boxing Academy is opened in Kazakhstan ©AIBA
2014

German super heavyweight Erik Pfeifer becomes the first APB world champion after beating Moroccan opponent Mohammed Arjaoui in Baku, Azerbaijan. Astana Arlans Kazakhstan win their second WSB title after defeating Cuba Domadores in the Season V Finals.

German super heavyweight Erik Pfeifer becomes the first APB world champion ©EUBC
German super heavyweight Erik Pfeifer becomes the first APB world champion ©EUBC
2015

Controversy around the judging system at the Rio 2016 Olympics engulfs AIBA. All 36 judges and referees used during the Games are suspended while an investigation takes place. No interference in results was found and it was recommended that the Rio judges be reintegrated on a "case by case basis".

A judging scandal engulfs boxing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games ©Getty Images
A judging scandal engulfs boxing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games ©Getty Images
2016

C K Wu steps down as President. The International Olympic Committee express concern about the governance of AIBA.

The IOC express concern about the governance of AIBA ©Getty Images
The IOC express concern about the governance of AIBA ©Getty Images
2017

Uzbekistan’s Gafur Rakhimov, who has been an AIBA vice-president since 1998, is formally elected as President. C K Wu and former executive director Ho Kim receive a lifetime ban from AIBA after a report accused them of "gross negligence and financial mismanagement of AIBA affairs and finances".

Uzbekistan’s Gafur Rakhimov is formally elected as AIBA President ©Getty Images
Uzbekistan’s Gafur Rakhimov is formally elected as AIBA President ©Getty Images
2018

Following a six-month investigation into AIBA amid concerns regarding its governance, finances and refereeing and judging, the International Olympic Committee suspend AIBA as the Olympic governing body for boxing. Mohamed Moustahsane becomes AIBA Interim President following the resignation of Gafur Rakhimov. Reform and Marketing Commissions are set up to improve AIBA’s governance and reputation.

Mohamed Moustahsane becomes AIBA Interim President ©AIBA
Mohamed Moustahsane becomes AIBA Interim President ©AIBA
2019