Ins And Outs of Amateur Boxing

Boxing is a combat sport which goes back to ancient times. In this game two people with gloved hands, throw punches at each other. Earlier the goal for the game was to knock down or weaken the opponent. Later on this game was introduced as an Olympic sport in 688 BC by Greeks.

Amateur Boxing at a Glance

The amateur boxing is typically practiced at university and collegiate level, or Olympic Games. It emerged as a combat sport during the mid-19th century. The bouts for amateur boxing are usually short in duration, consisting of three rounds of three minutes each in men’s category. Four rounds of two minutes each in women, with an interval of one minute during the rounds. Amateur Boxing is classified into four weight classes, featherweight, lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight. Each class has a weight limit range, except the heavyweight class.

Rules of Game

In amateur boxing fights the points are awarded for punching to the specified targets on the opponent’s body, rather than physical power. A fighter earns one point for a clean landing on the head or torso. The short duration format for these fights allows tournaments to include several fights over several days. While in professional boxing, fighters get to rest several months for the other round of fights. In amateur boxing contests the points are rewarded by five judges on clear punches to marked area.

The fighters wear protective gear and a pair of boxing gloves usually fitted with white knuckles for visibility. The boxing gloves must weigh 12 ounces, while competitors under 165 pounds are allowed to wear 10 ounce gloves. The fight is ended with the points awarded or other decisions under The International Boxing Association (AIBA) law.

During an amateur boxing fights, a referee monitors the match to ensure the fighters use legal strikes, whereas the chest belt is considered to be a limit for lower punches. The repetitive hits below the limit leads to disqualification of a fighter. A referee separates a fighter if he uses holding tactic to prevent his opponent from further hits. A repetitive use of this tactic can further result into penalty or disqualification of a fighter. The referee can also end a fight if a fighter is seriously injured or is significantly dominated by his opponent. The fights ended due to injury are referred as RSCI, while a contest ended due to the fighter being absent for 10 seconds is referred as KO.