of this ancient discipline were simple: with only use of the hands
fighters could strike any part of the body - back and genitals
There were no weight categories or time limits. The winner either
knocked out his rival or forced him to give up.
The gloves that the Ars Dimicandi athletes wore
were of Greek origin and called Imantes Oxeis. The thin
leather glove had a big stiff ring wrapped around the fingers
and was laced to the arm with leather thongs.
The ring isolated the hand from the most violent of the strikes.
The elbow ward off was a characteristic of ancient boxing.