By the end of the IV. BC. Oe. were used for wrapping fist soft rawhide belts or oil-soaked skin, so-called "meylihay." They were like modern bandages to protect your hands from injury. Opponents fought without loss of time, pending the outcome of the battle, that is, until one of the opponents is not able to carry on the fight. Separation of men by weight was not known to the Greeks. Pair is chosen by lot. Judges (gellanodiki) at the Olympic Games were chosen from persons no younger than 40 years, who knew the technique and conditions of competition. Gellanodik - compulsory figure in all the pictures of fisticuffs. In his hand gellanodika - vine, branched at the end, touching her, he intervened in the actions of men. Education and training took place in special schools - palaestra.
Greek pugilists in the heyday of the Olympic games in straight fought battle stance. At the core activities of Greek pugilist had the speed and agility. In the period which began in the V. BC. Oe. the decline of Greek sports were to take a purely entertaining character. In the same period there were also professional pugilists. Leather wraps, which were used in the competitions at the Olympic Games, was replaced in a professional boxing gloves fight more threatening - "sfayray" (Greek - the ball). These weapons pugilist consisted of two parts, gloves and a thick ring surrounding the joints of the first phalanges. The ring was made of three strips of skin, thin braided straps. In II. BC. Oe. there were "cesta" - heavy gloves with lead. In the fist-fights with Cestius fighting technique was different. One hand held a fighter for the protection extended, while the other tried to strike a blow to the head. In ancient Rome, is widely cultivated fist fight back in the royal period (VIII-VI centuries. BC. E.) Among the Etruscans. In the III. BC. e., when the Roman Republic widespread spectacle in the arena amphitheater, fisticuffs were a favorite pastime of the plebs. Fist fights were popular in ancient Rome and during the empire. In I. BC. Oe. on the outskirts of Rome were organized fighting for the emperor Octavian Augustus.