Being a boxer requires years of training and discipline to achieve the high level of fitness necessary for competition. Boxers must also be prepared to sustain injuries and pain. If you are interested in becoming an amateur boxer, you first need to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations governing boxing in the United States.
Boxing is only legal in professional competitions. The Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) has established a set of unified rules that apply to all sanctioned boxing events. These rules are enforced by state athletic commissions.
To compete as an amateur boxer, you must be at least 17 years old and possess a valid ID. You can register with USA Boxing at any time; there is no maximum age limit for amateur boxers.
The Rules Governing Amateur Boxing
The amateur rules and regulations governing boxing, in the United States, are different from the professional rules of boxing. The general rules for amateur boxing are listed below.
1. The boxers must be of similar weight.
2. The fight is divided into 3 rounds of 3 minutes each with a 1 minute rest period between rounds.
3. Each boxer wears only shorts, underwear and protective headgear.
4. Boxers must wear 10-ounce gloves (men) or 8-ounce gloves (women).
5. Each boxer has his own corner that is staffed by his coach and two “seconds” who can aid him during the bout and between rounds.
6. Only punches to the head and body above the belt are allowed and no wrestling or hugging is allowed by either boxer.
7. The referee can declare a knockout (KO) if he/she believes that one boxer cannot continue fighting or has been knocked down for a count of 10 seconds or more (as counted by the ring official). Technically, a knockout occurs when one boxer does not get up from the floor within a count of 10 seconds after being knocked down by his opponent’s punch; however, ring officials usually start
Boxing is a sport with a long history and many different rules and regulations. The story of the sport goes back over 2,000 years to ancient Greece, where it was an important part of the Olympic games. Today, boxing continues to be one of the most popular sports in America.
The basic aim of boxing is for each fighter to hit his opponent without being hit himself. It takes place in a ring where each fighter has a corner which he can go to if he needs medical attention or just to rest between rounds. Each round lasts three minutes, with one minute in between rounds while the fighters go back to their corners and get ready for the next round.
A typical boxing match will have twelve rounds, but there are sometimes fewer or more rounds in a bout. A fight may end before all twelve rounds have been completed if one fighter is knocked out or if both fighters’ corners agree that the fight should end early. If neither fighter has been knocked out by the end of twelve rounds, then three judges at ringside will choose a winner based on how well the fighters performed during the fight.
Boxing matches are divided into different weight classes depending on how heavy each boxer is. For example, there might be two different fights on one night: one between two
Boxing is a combat sport in which two people wearing protective gloves throw punches at each other for a predetermined amount of time in a boxing ring. Amateur boxing is both an Olympic and Commonwealth Games sport and is a common fixture in most international games—it also has its own World Championships. Boxing is supervised by a referee over a series of one- to three-minute intervals called rounds. The result is decided when an opponent is deemed incapable to continue by a referee, is disqualified for breaking a rule, resigns by throwing in a towel, or is pronounced the winner or loser based on the judges’ scorecards at the end of the contest.
In the event that both fighters gain equal scores from the judges, the fight is considered a draw (professional boxing). In Olympic boxing, because a winner must be declared, judges award the content to one fighter on technical criteria. While humans have fought in hand-to-hand combat since before the dawn of history, the origin of boxing as an organized sport may be its acceptance by the ancient Greeks as an Olympic game in BC 688. Boxing evolved from 16th and 18th century prizefights, largely in Great Britain, to the forerunner of modern boxing in the mid-19th century with the 1867 introduction
The main goal in boxing is to beat your opponent. This is accomplished using punches. The two basic punches are the jab and the cross. The boxer who throws more punches wins.
The rules in boxing are fairly simple, but are important to know for both participants and spectators. Here is a rundown of the most important rules in amateur boxing:
1) The bout will last up to 3 rounds each lasting 3 minutes with an intermission of 1 minute between rounds.
2) Both boxers must wear padded, lace-up gloves that weigh at least 8oz. (In professional boxing they must weigh at least 10oz.)
3) A referee may deduct points from a boxer if he commits certain fouls such as hitting below the waste or hitting his opponent while he is down.
4) If a boxer is knocked down, he has 10 seconds to get back up; otherwise he loses by knockout. The referee can also stop the fight if one of the boxers cannot defend himself (this type of knockout does not count against a boxer).
5) A boxer may be disqualified for biting, spitting on or headbutting his opponent.
6) A match can end in a draw if both boxers agree to it or if it is ruled that neither
The object of boxing is to hit and not be hit. The fighter who succeeds in hitting his opponent more often than he is hit, wins the round. The boxer who wins the majority of the rounds wins the match. A match can be won by a knockout, a technical knockout (TKO), disqualification or decision. A referee and three judges judge each fight. Each judge evaluates the fighters’ performance on points and awards them from 10-9 for each round. If a fighter knocks down his opponent during the round, the judge will award that fighter 10-8 even if he lost the round in other respects. If a fighter knocks down his opponent twice during the round, it results in a 10-7 score.
The first step toward learning how to box is becoming familiar with basic terminology used in boxing:
Stance: This refers to a boxer’s position when fighting. A classic stance has feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, right foot forward with most of your weight on your back foot, left hand held near your chin, right hand near your right cheek bone and both elbows pulled towards your torso to protect it.
Jab: This is a quick straight punch thrown with the lead hand from the guard position.
Cross: This is a
Boxing is an ancient sport with a long history. The first recorded evidence of boxing dates back to Egypt around 3000 BC. The sport was introduced to the ancient Olympic Games by the Greeks in the late 7th century BC, when soft leather thongs were used to bind boxers’ hands and forearms for protection. The thongs gradually evolved into the leather straps (called cestuses or myrmex) that were later worn by Roman gladiators. This early form of modern boxing was very different. There were no weight divisions or round limits, and both punching and kicking were allowed.
The origin of the term “boxing” is sometimes attributed to the Roman poet Ovid, who wrote that Saturn (the Roman god of agriculture and wealth), after being deposed by his son Jupiter, transformed himself into a snow-covered peak on Mount Olympus as a means of hiding – or “boxing” himself up. In his poem Book XV (c. 8 AD), he refers to the annual sacrifice of a goat to the god Lupercus, in which two naked young men clad only in animal skins must fight with blood-smeared hands until one admits defeat:
“…the victor shall strip
the hide from his vanquished foe
and whip him out