Boxing is a combat sport in which, two participants, wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined amount of time in a boxing ring.
Both an Olympic and Commonwealth Games, Amateur boxing is overseen by a referee over a series of one-to-three-minute intervals called rounds.
A winner is determined before the completion of the rounds when an opponent is incapable of continuing, disqualification, or resignation. In Olympic boxing, judges award the contest to one fighter based on technicality using scorecards.
Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) is the governing body of boxing.
Boxing: Rules of the game
A minute is typically spent between each round when the fighters in their assigned corners receive advice and attention from their coach. The referee who works within the ring to control the conduct of the fighters, rules on their ability to fight safely, counts knocked-down fighters, and rules on fouls.
Up to three judges are typically present at ringside to score the sport and assign points to the boxers.
The boxer enters the ring from their assigned corners and must stop fighting at the signalled end of each round.
The fighter with the higher score at the end of the fight is ruled the winner. With three judges, split decisions are possible. A boxer may win the bout before a decision is reached through a knock-out. If a fighter is knocked down during the fight, as determined by the referee, the referee begins counting to eight regardless of if the fighter gets up before. If the referee counts to ten, then the knocked-down boxer is ruled "knocked out".
Boxers are prohibited from hitting below the belt, holding, tripping, pushing, biting, spitting, kicking, hitting the back of the head or kidneys. Violations of these rules are ruled "fouls" by the referee and may issue warnings, deduct points, or disqualify, causing an automatic loss.
Types of boxing
Amateur boxing: It is present at the collegiate level, at the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, etc. In many other venues sanctioned by amateur boxing associations. Competitors wear protective headgear and gloves with a white strip or circle across the knuckle.
Professional boxing: Usually much longer than amateur fights with 10 to 12 rounds, it is common among less experienced fighters or club fighters. Wearing any sort of headgear and wearing clothing on the upper body is not permitted, and boxers are generally allowed to take much more damage before a fight is halted.
A boxing style is a strategic approach a fighter takes and no two fighters' styles are alike, as each is determined by physical and mental attributes. Boxer, Boxer-Puncher, Counter-puncher, Brawler, Swarmer are a few styles.
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali was an example of a boxer as well as counter-puncher style.