Long before the start of the 2012 Games, the big story from the boxing arena was the admission of women fighters.
Women didn't take part at all in the first Olympics, there were fewer than 20 at the second edition and as they gradually made their mark, they were usually heavily protected. For example, the women's 800 metres track event was dropped between 1928 and 1960 because it was considered too demanding.
However, female weightlifters were welcomed in 2000, the wrestlers followed in 2004 and now the boxers have joined.
The format in London will differ from the men's competition in that bouts will take place over four rounds of two minutes each, rather than three of three minutes each. Also, men will contest 10 weight divisions and women just three. But scoring will be the same, with points awarded for punches landed on the head and upper body.
In the year of Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday, commentators will doubtless reminisce about the career of the man who won light-heavyweight gold in 1960 as Cassius Clay and on the other fighters whose Olympic gold medals were a launchpad towards world titles, including Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Floyd Patterson and Sugar Ray Leonard.
But for Olympic achievements alone, three names stand out. Hungarian László Papp was the first boxer to win three gold medals, taking the middleweight title in 1948 and light-middleweight in 1952 and 1956, while Cuban powerhouse Teófilo Stevenson hammered his way to the heavyweight crown in 1972, 1976 and 1980, and his compatriot, Félix Savón, repeated the feat in 1992, 1996 and 2000.
Remarkably, Cuba sit second in the boxing medals table behind the United States, but in Beijing four years ago they failed to win a gold for the first time since 1968.