Ever wondered why boxing rings are called ‘rings’, though they are square-shaped? Well, there may be many theories behind it. The name boxing ‘ring’ is a relic of ancient times when a physical fight between two opponents took place within a roughly drawn circle on the ground.
Also, viewers gathered around the two fighters in a roughly circular manner, forming a ‘ring’ of spectators. Although boxing matches are now conducted in square-shaped areas, such spaces are still called ‘rings’.
Let us dig more into the theories behind the fact that boxing rings are actually not circular but square-shaped.
It goes back to the times when people engaged in fights within a circle drawn on the ground. The ‘ring’, according to them, was a proper boundary in which the fighters were supposed to carry on with their fights.
Almost hundred years later, the Pugilistic Society introduced the first square ring in the year 1838, which was a 7.3 meter (24 feet) square.
This is another reason why the area where two boxers fight is also referred to as the ‘square circle’. The word ‘ring’ was so deeply rooted in boxing vocabulary that it didn’t change, despite the fact that those rings were no longer the shape of a circle.
A standard ring is anywhere between 16 to 20 feet (4.9 – 6.1 meters) on a side between the ropes, with another 2 feet (0.61 m) outside. The platform of the ring is also raised around 3 – 4 feet (0.91 – 1.22 meters) off the ground.