Boxing is a form of combat sport which involves fighting between two players who use their fists to win the match. A referee oversees each match, which lasts anywhere between one to three minutes which are called rounds. Boxers are set up to fight against each other based on the similarity of their weight. In a game of boxing, there are four ways to win the game:
– A knockout may be called when an opponent is unable to get up after the referee counts to ten seconds, simply referred to as a Knockout
– The opponent is declared as too injured to continue fighting, also known as a Technical Knockout
– An opponent is disqualified due to violations of a rule
– There is no stopping of a fight prior to an agreed number of rounds, and in this case a referee’s call or the judges’ scorecards determine the winner
In a boxing match, there may be up to 12 rounds each lasting for a maximum of 3 minutes. Precisely one minute is spent with the players in their own corner receiving advice from their coach, and a referee controls the fight within the ring in order to judge each move as well as to control their behavior. The referee is also responsible for estimating the boxers’ physical health and ability to continue fighting safely, count the number of knock downs as well as fouls. On any game, up to 3 judges are present to assign scores on various aspects of the game such as the number of punches, defenses, connects, as well as other measures. The style of boxing judging is rather open-ended, which has resulted in many controversial matches because one or both players claim to have been cheated of victory.
When it comes to the rules in boxing, each fighter is generally prohibited from hitting anywhere below the belt, fondling genitals of the opponent, tripping or pushing them, and biting. The groin area of each boxer is usually protected to prevent any injury, and boxers who fail to follow these rules receive a foul.