Odd, I didn't think Roman spectators were known for their patience. Sounds like an incredible borefest. No wonder they did the lion thing, maybe they were making up for boring boxing matches.
"Listen to me. Learn from me. I was not the best because I killed quickly. I was the best because the crowd loved me. Win the crowd and you will win your freedom." Proximo, Gladiator
... OK -- lacking in scholarship, mebbe, but the truth is there. Anyway, have you ever SEEN
a cestus, much less been hit by one. NOT Marquis of Queensberry by any stretch. Youch.
The cestus was used by boxers from the earliest times. ... but it should be recollected, that the cestus in heroic times appears to have consisted merely of thongs of leather, and differed materially from the frightful weapons, loaded with lead and iron, which were used in later times. ...
If I find an image I'll upload it and post.