Infighting in the sport and Russia's invasion of Ukraine leaves Olympic boxing on the ropes

    Duke Ragan (red) of Team USA exchanges punches with Albert Batyrgaziev of the Russian Olympic Committee team during the men's featherwieght final on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on August 5, 2021.

    (CNN)It's an Olympic sport which has its origins in Ancient Greece, and which helped stars of the ring such as Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Nicola Adams, Claressa Shields and Katie Taylor become known to global audiences.

    These days, however, Olympic boxing is on the ropes, bruised and battered by infighting.
    USA Boxing accused the Russian-led International Boxing Association (IBA) on Monday of possible "sabotage," saying the IBA had announced a "false and misleading" qualification process for the 2024 Olympic Games.
      It comes after tension between the IBA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as well as several boxing federations around the world, which has led to eight countries, including the US, boycotting the forthcoming women's and men's world championships, according to Reuters.
        How did Olympic boxing reach this tipping point and what is next for the sport with Paris 2024 a little over a year away?
        Andy Cruz of Team Cuba dodges a punch from Keyshawn Davis of Team USA during the men's lightweight final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.