Chess boxing is the latest craze among serious players of the game. Many consider it a cross between mixed martial arts and the classic game of boxing. This game involves a player competing in a mock boxing match with a chess board set up on the board. There are two types of chess matches in this style of play: the point system and the checkmate system. Although there is much similarity between the styles and there are differences as well, it does not follow that a participant of one style necessarily moves into the other.
The game of chess boxing was created in 2021 by an athletic club in Berlin, Germany. Though the players are primarily from Berlin, they have been traveling to and from other locations in the world since its creation. Currently, over half a million people take part in this sport on an annual basis. This number is steadily growing since the sport’s conception.
Unlike the traditional boxing matches, chess boxing matches consist of alternating rounds rather than a fixed length. Each round usually lasts ten minutes. The first five minutes of each round is called a pre-round drill, and the last five minutes is called the main round. The points scored in each round are also different than those in regular boxing matches.
The rules of chessboxing match are designed so that there is a fair contest. There are no points for going to the ground or using any escape mechanism. A fighter can anticipate his opponents actions and plan his strategy accordingly. A knockout takes place when a fighter lands strikes on his opponent. The knockout is finalized when the competitor cannot continue.
The idea behind the creation of chess boxing was to create a sport that was based on pure combat action. It was hoped that by allowing the fighters a chance to fight out the battle in the ring they would gain an increased knowledge of the intricacies of the sport and be better able to apply it in real life scenarios. The first chessboxing event took place in 2021 when a bout between American James Thompson and Malaysian Apis Ong Muhammed was fought in the United States. Through hard work and determination both fighters came away as winners.
The concept of chess Boxing has spread its wings to the world of professional wrestling.
Wrestlers such as WWE Superstar John Cena and WWE heavyweight Randy Couture have dabbled in the realm of chess. It is unclear if they do intend to turn this into a full fledged career. In recent months, both men have put on strong displays of their boxing abilities, earning the respect of not only their fans, but their peers as well. In addition to receiving high accolades from their fellow WWE stars both men have established themselves as household names in the wrestling industry.
In addition to receiving a fantastic welcome in the professional wrestling ring both men have received the recognition and respect from the various middleweight and lightweight boxing organizations. Recently both men were invited to headline a scheduled fight against knockout specialist Yancy Medigada in the main event of an upcoming World Boxing Organization match. The bout took place in Miami, Florida and it ended with Medigada tapping out Steve Kimura in the first round. The experience of this clash served as a reminder to both wrestlers of the importance of maintaining a strong fitness routine when preparing for their respective matches in the future.
Chessboxing remains to be a proven winner. Last year’s world champion Ahmedabad heavyweight Vikhritpour defeated South African Samuel Rounger in the Indian Rules Application. This followed a sensational performance by Canadian WBA heavyweight Justin Hearn in his fight against American Mike Pereira in the main event of their UFC against The Ultimate Fight Championship. With the help of the experience of these two champions there is no doubt that India will continue to see a bright light in the future of this exciting sport.
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