While growing up (90s kid 🙂 ) we have watched several boxing & WWE matches but most of us never wondered why fighting ground is termed as ‘ring’?
Actually since the ancient times, boxing contests were fought in a roughly drawn circle on the ground. Nobody gave much though about the ground shape, as all were interested in the brawls. Thus the name ring continued up being associated in the modern era.
But not until 1838, when the first square ring was introduced by the Pugilistic Society. That ring was specified as 24 feet (7.3 m) square and bound by two ropes. For these and other reasons, the boxing ring is commonly referred to as the “squared circle”.
Incidentally, many boxing championships have involved experimenting with the shapes like octagon.
So why square shape?
The answer lies in the fact that squares are easier to construct and tend to be more stalwart and offer greater flexibility and support. For instance, although CDs and pizzas are round, CD cases and pizza boxes aren’t.