Boxing is a combat sport in which two people compete against each other using their fists. A boxing match, a fight, or a bout are all terms used to describe a boxing competition. A boxer’s courage and skill are required in order to win matches. By knocking out the opponent, a boxer has a chance to win. A boxer can also win by outscoring his opponent in the points department.
During a boxing match, the participants stand on a square platform known as a ring. It is surrounded by ropes on all sides. The fighters are prevented from falling out of the ring by the ropes. Each fighter establishes his or her base in a different corner of the ring. During pauses in the action, the boxers retire to their respective corners.
A boxer’s hands are protected by padded gloves on each hand. A boxer’s mouth guard is worn to protect his or her teeth during competition. Amateur boxers are required to wear protective headgear.
Boxers are chosen to compete against each other based on their ability and their weight, among other factors. Professional boxers are divided into more than 12 different weight classes based on their body weight. The strawweight or mini-flyweight division is the lightest weight division. Fighters in this division must not weigh more than 105 pounds (48 kilograms). The heavyweight division is comprised of the most physically imposing fighters. Heavyweights are typically 190 pounds (86 kilogrammes) or more in weight.
A boxing match is divided into rounds, which are three-minute periods of time. Between rounds, the boxers are allowed one minute of rest. A professional boxing match is usually scheduled to last 12 rounds, according to the rules of the sport. A scheduled round of an amateur match is usually three rounds long. A referee is a person who stands inside the ring with the boxers and oversees the fight. The referee is in charge of making sure that the boxers adhere to the rules.
Boxers engage in a variety of punching techniques against one another. The boxers attempt to block or dodge incoming punches in order to avoid being hit by them. An amateur boxer can win a match through a knockout (KO) or a technical knockout (TKO). A knockout occurs when one boxer hits the other so hard that the second boxer is knocked out and falls to the ground. If the second boxer is unable to get to his feet within 10 seconds, the referee declares a knockout. When a boxer is no longer able to defend himself due to injury or weakened condition, the referee declares a technical knockout.
The knockout or technical knockout may not be enough for either boxer to win a match in some instances. After that, the winner is determined by a point system. Three judges use scorecards to determine the winner of the match. The judges award points to boxers based on the number of punches they land or the number of punches they manage to get through their opponent’s defences. Boxers can also earn points for their defensive prowess. In order to win the match by points, a boxer must have more points on at least two of the three scorecards than his opponent.