This song was written and recorded during what is now called the "Boxers" single session in October 1994 at Olympic Studios in South London, with producer Steve Lillywhite. It was at the time of recording meant to appear as a b-side to a single from the "Vauxhall & I" album but ended up being salvaged as a single title track. Musicians on this recording were Boz Boorer (guitar), Alain Whyte (guitar), Jonny Bridgwood (bass) and Woodie Taylor (drums).
This song has never been performed specifically for radio, television or the web.
The song has been performed live 36 times by Morrissey. It was on the setlist on every one of the 18 dates of the 1995 Boxers Tour. It returned to the set near the end of the Oye Esteban tour, played on 18 of that tour's final 22 dates in February/March 2000.
No demos or studio outtakes of this song have leaked to the general public at this point in time.
Morrissey, in an interview given to KCXX Radio in San Bernardino in 1998, said "'Boxers' is a very, very important song for me. I think it is a beautiful song (laughs). I would. But no, I love it. It's very, very close to me."