From Dempsey to Marciano
The modern day sport of boxing has its basic roots in the cultures of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Comprised of physical combat between two persons in a designated space primarily utilizing gloved fists, Boxing became popular in the United States in the early twentieth century. This popularity came in part from the accessibility of boxing matches to large audiences made possible by radio broadcasts and later televised broadcasts.
Several American boxers have been honored on U.S. postage stamps, including Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson and Rocky Marciano.