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Soviet Union Boxing Team T-Shirt

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The earliest accounts concerning the sport date to the 13th century.[1] Supposedly,[by whom?] fist fighting was practiced even prior to the Christianization of Kievan Rus', at celebrations dedicated to Perun.

Metropolite Kiril, in 1274, created another one of many personally-instituted rules, declaring expulsion from Christianity for any of those who fist-fight and do not sing a prayer or hymn at the burial of someone who died during a fist fight. The government itself never supported, but also never opposed fist fighting.

Russian boyars used the sport as mass entertainment, and acquired the best fighters for competitions.

The fights most often took place in holiday times and in crowded places. In winter it took place on ice. First the young children fought, then every pair was more grown up than the previous, ending with the last and most notable fist fighters.

In two orders released in 1684 and 1686 fist fighting was forbidden, but the sport continued to live.

All regions had their heroes at the sport, but the region with the most famous ones historically is Tula.

There are documents saying Peter the Great liked to organize fist fights "in order to show the ability of the Russian people".

In 1751, a mass fist fight took place on a street in Saint Petersburg, which came to the attention of Empress Elizabeth of Russia. After that the Empress forbade the organization of fist fights on the territory of Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

During the reign of Catherine the Great, the popularity of fist fighting was growing again,[11] and it is said that Count Orlov was a good fist fighter himself and even invited notable fist fighters to compare powers.

In 1832, Nicholas I of Russia completely forbade fist fights as "harmful fun".

This is a classic tee that has a light feel. Made of 100% ringspun cotton (except for heather colors, which contain 10% polyester).

• 100% ringspun lightweight cotton
• Pre-shrunk
• Tubular construction
• Shoulder-to-shoulder tape
• Seamless collar
• Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem

Size guide

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Length (inches) 27 28 29 30 31 32
Width (inches) 18 20 22 24 26 28