Boxing


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Forms Of Boxing

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Amateur

Amateur bouts are limited to three or four rounds of three minutes and a minute of interva. Scoring is mostly based on the number of clean blows that landed and does not pay much attention to impact. Fighters wear protective headgear for safety measures against injuries from knockdowns and knockouts. This is often held at a collegiate level. Amateur boxing became an Olympic sport in 1908 and is more popular in Cuba and a few former Soviet republics. It is in the amateur boxing form that a fighter earns experience to develop skills and prepare for a professional career.

Professional

Professional boxing is the most popular form of boxing and lasts for as long as twelve rounds. Two and three-round professional bouts are also held but are rare. Initially, professional boxing matches used to have unlimited rounds and will only end when one quits. It later changed to 15 rounds and then to 12. Professional boxers do not wear headgears and it takes a lot more punishment before a fight is stopped.

Introduction To Basic Boxing Rules

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Boxing is a combat sport wherein two people fight each other by using only their fists. It is also known by its other name "pugilism", which is rarely used. The general rules used in boxing are known as the "Marquess of Queensberry rules" and have been used since 1867.

  • A boxing match is made up of 12 rounds (formerly 15 rounds) with three minutes each and a minute of interval to allow the fighters to return to their corners and be coached and attended to by their staff
  • A referee who works in the ring calls the matches. His responsibility includes judging the ability to fight safely, count knocked-down fighters, call fouls, decide knock-outs and the like.
  • Three judges are assigned at ringside and their job is to score the bout according to which punches connect, defenses, knockdowns and other criteria. These points will be used in case the bout already finishes 12 rounds without a winner.
  • A boxer may win before the 12 rounds are over. Bouts that end this way are called "inside the distance", as opposed to its opposite "go the distance".
  • A boxer may lose depending on the following:
    • Three Knock-down rule
      A knockdown is when a boxer is hit and touches the canvas with any part of their body aside from their feet. Three of these knock-downs may be considered as a technical knockout (TKO) for some bouts
    • Knock out
      When a boxer is unable to get up after a knock-down and assume fighting stance at the count of ten after being knocked down whether uncoscious or not
    • Techinical Knock-out
      Technical knock-outs include the inability of a boxer to continue fighting as a result of his injury as ruled by the referee, a fight doctor or the fighter's corner.
  • Boxers are not allowed to hold, trip, push, bite, step on, spit, headbutt, kick or hit with any part of the body aside from the knuckles of a closed fist. This means hitting with the inside or the back of the hand, a hand with open gloves or the wrist are also prohibited.
  • Boxers are not allowed to hit below the belt, the back, back of the neck or head and the kidneys.
  • Boxers may not hold onto the ropes for support when punching. Ducking below the belt is also prohibited as well as holding the opponent while punching.
  • In cases of clinching wherein a boxer creates a pause by wrapping his opponent's arms, a referee may either break it or direct the boxers to "punch out of the clinch". If a referee breaks the hold, each fighter is required to take one full step back before being allowed to punch again.
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