Human beings have been entertaining themselves through combat sports for hundreds of years. The Marquis of Queensbury rules which govern modern boxing were first drawn up in London in the 1860s, and they brought a sense of fair play and safety to the sport. It was at this time that the iconic boxing gloves were first introduced, and it was decided that there would be 15 rounds in a bout (it’s now just 12).The major differences between then and now are the amount of money involved, the sizes of the audience, and the amount of extra digital content based around the sport. Over the years, there have been dozens of enormously popular video games.Nintendo published Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! in the 1980s for the arcade. The game saw an Italian-American named Little Mac compete against a varied roster of computer opponents. Little Mac made up for his small size by being determined to score that elusive knockout. Doing so, however, would always prove challenging – especially when the player managed to reach the game’s infamously difficult final boss: Mike Tyson himself.Boxing games range from the arcade button-bashers to more detailed fighting simulations. Punch-Out!! spawned a series of sequels and imitations, including Ready 2 Rumble Boxing for the Dreamcast. But as well as providing fun, boxing games have gotten a great deal more sophisticated, and graphically compelling. When Electronic Arts released the Fight Night series in the mid-2000s, they wowed the industry with realistic facial physics every time a combatant received a punch in the mouth.If you’re looking for a slice of boxing action in HTML5 form, then you’ll find it here. Each of our games is playable right from your browser, without any need for downloads or installations. Things you always find in Boxing games Of all the combat sports in the world, boxing is still the most recognisable. Despite the continued prominence of mixed martial arts, boxing is king when it comes to fighting games. This is the case for two main reasons. First, everyone knows and recognises boxing. We all know that there are 12 rounds of three minutes each, we all know that boxers wear gloves, and even if we don’t quite understand the scoring, we know that the winner is the fighter that manages to punch the other fighter more often, and harder! As with other sports of this kind, things get spectacular when there’s a sudden flurry of blows and one participant is left in a heap – and you’ll find plenty of that sort of thing in the videogame adaptations of the sport. Play these games and you’ll be pressing buttons to move around the ring, to block incoming blows and land blows of your own. Usually, there are several kinds of strike, each representing a different balance between speed and power – and players will need to select the right one whenever there’s an opportunity to strike. Boxing games, like most kinds of beat ‘em up, have a tendency to present a bit of a challenge. Early opponents may be easily smacked around, but eventually you’ll come up against someone who knows what they’re doing. If you’ve ever got to Mike Tyson on Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out, you’ll understand just how hard an opponent can be. That isn’t the only distinction between a boxing game and a more traditional fighter – for one thing, the rules are more restrictive, and the perspective also tends to be more fluid. You might find yourself looking down on the ring from above, or looking straight at your opponent in a first-person perspective. You won’t have the ability to cast fireballs, perform roundhouse kicks or uppercut your opponent into a pit of spikes. This is a genre for those who like their fisticuffs served alongside a hefty dose of realism, and often with a career mode attached. You might find yourself training in a gym between bouts, and even doing press conferences before a significant fight, or a weigh-in. There are many different rituals that make boxing the sport it is today, and more simulation-oriented adaptations of the sport seek to incorporate these to create a more authentic experience. On the other hand, there are more stylised and wacky boxing games which package all of the gloves, canvas and endless jump-rope sessions with a dose of drama and immediacy. GamePix’s Collection of Boxing games Hajime no Ippo, or ‘the first step’, is a boxing game based on the manga series of the same name. In the original story, a shy high-school student with no time to make friends is set upon by a group of bullies. Having being rescued by a man from the local boxing gym, Ippo (that’s the main character) decides he’d like to be able to defend himself. Initially, the trainer is sceptical, and sets Ippo a seemingly impossible task: that of catching 10 falling leaves from a tree at the same time. Ippo succeeds – but only at the last moment – and goes on to enjoy a long career as a boxer, defeating a wide range of opponents over a career spanning more than 100 volumes and counting. We all love an underdog story, where the hero goes from helpless victim to fearless warrior by applying themselves to a program of relentless training montages. And now, you can experience all of the joy of the original anime in Hajime no Ippo the game. Gameplay wise, it’s a little like the classic Super Punch-Out on the old Nintendo systems. It’s a game that incorporates a classic anime style, with plenty of dramatic poses and emotional expressions. Another title you’ll find here is Undisputed, a pixel-art boxing game where players must fend off successive opponents from a top-down viewpoint.