Boxing has been part of the Olympics since it was introduced in 1904 with the exception of the 1912 Stockholm Games, as the sport was banned in Sweden at the time.

Some of the greatest professional boxers took home Olympic medals before their professional careers, including Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Evander Holyfield, Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather.

Boxing matches are organized into tournaments, with one for each of the eight weight classes for men and the five for women. Since the 2016 Rio Games, men are no longer required to wear protective headgear as the International Olympic Committee ruled that it leads to an increased risk of concussions. Due to a lack of data on the effect on women, female athletes are still required to wear them.

The tournament eliminates fighters until two semifinal bouts are held, with the winners going on to compete for gold and silver. Boxing is one of five Olympic disciplines (the others being judo, karate, taekwondo and wrestling) to award both non-winners of the semifinals with bronze medals.

Men will compete in eight weight categories, while women will compete in five. The 2020 Olympics are the first that will allow professional boxers, rather than restricting the competition to amateurs, to compete.

Boxing will take place from July 24 to Aug. 8.

Venue and access information

Boxing matches will take place at the 7,300-seat Kokugikan Arena, which is considered the home of the Japanese national sport of sumo. The arena is about one minute from Ryogoku Station on the Sobu Line and about five minutes from Ryogoku Station on the Oedo Line.