The Ring

Yves Studer of Switzerland, left, fights against Samir dos Santos Barbosa of Brazil, right.
(AP Photo/Keystone, Peter Klaunzer)

Boxing is one of the oldest sports in human history. It dates back to the eighth century B.C. and ancient Greece, where it was first introduced as a formal sport, but there is a plenty of evidence that it existed in Sumerian and Egyptian civilizations. It may have started with the first fight for a patch of land, or a well.

So, boxing tells us a lot about ourselves. And while many people think of boxing as the most brutal of all sports, its proponents will argue that is exactly what makes it so fascinating. Former champ Sugar Ray Leonard thought of it as the "ultimate challenge" and said that "there's nothing that can compare to testing yourself the way you do every time you step in the ring."

Boxing has also knocked out any number of authors -- who have been inspired to write about it. Today on "And The Winner Is" we bring you "The Ring" -- the story of boxing seen from the writer's corner.

"The Ring" was written by Greg Kelly and produced by Marilyn Powell. It originally aired on Ideas on June 3 1998. It won the Silver Medal at the New York Festivals the following year .

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Listen to And The Winner Is... episode that aired on January 11, 2011
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