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Boxing is a popular sport among many people, and some of the biggest heavyweight fights draw a lot of attention when they are broadcast on pay per view. They have grown into huge public events, and it is nothing short of exhilarating to watch the professionals battle it out in the ring.
The problem is that boxing can be a confusing sport to watch, and it can be difficult to comprehend exactly what is going on inside the ring at times. We understand that if one person is knocked out for a period of time, the other person wins, but what exactly does the scoring system entail is unclear.
However, let us attempt to simplify the situation as much as possible by breaking it down into a few simple terms. Here’s a closer look at how the boxing point system is implemented in practise.
The sport we know and love today is a far cry from the one that existed during its inception. It is believed that the earliest known records of boxing date back to the ancient Egyptian and Mayan civilizations.
Back then, the sport was played on large open plots of land, with spectators forming a sort of “living arena” around the players. In most cases, they would last until a fighter was seriously injured, or in some cases, until they were the last man or woman standing.
In spite of the fact that modern boxing matches can be extremely difficult, we rarely see athletes suffering serious injuries in the ring. This is due to technological advancements in equipment and clothing, such as the introduction of padded gloves that protect hands from injury.
In turn, fighters are able to hold their ground for slightly longer periods of time in the ring and knockouts are not as common as they were during the sport’s early years. Boxing leagues have developed a scoring system to determine a winner at the conclusion of each match in order to adapt.
You’ve most likely heard a boxing referee announce the final score at the conclusion of a boxing match. For example, a recent fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor ended with a score of 170 to 111 in favour of Mayweather and 111 against McGregor. That is, however, not entirely clear.
In every professional boxing match, there are three ringside judges who are in charge of determining the winner and losing fighter. They calculate these scores using a system known as the “Ten must system.” This means that the fighter who is adjudged to have won the round receives a total of ten points. Typically, the loser is awarded nine points. A 10 may be awarded to both athletes in some circumstances when a round is viewed as equal by the judges. A ringside official is presented with these scores at the conclusion of each round.
After a total of 12 rounds, all of these scores are added together to determine the overall winner, which is determined by the final scores. Fighter A would receive 90 points if one judge determines that he or she won nine rounds in total. If this is the case, they would have lost three rounds and received a total of 27 points. Fighter A would receive 117 points if all of his points were added together.
It would be impossible for Fighter A to become champion unless all three judges unanimously ruled that Fighter A was superior to Fighter B in terms of points. However, if only two judges rule in A’s favour, it is referred to as a split decision victory.
There are a few exceptional circumstances in which the judges may call a match into question. As was the case with Fury and Wilder in 2018, one judge awarded a victory to Fury, one judge awarded a victory to Wilder, and the other judge ruled the fight a draw. As a result, the game ended in a Split Decision Draw.
Scores can and do differ from the expected outcome of 10-9 in some cases. If Fighter A is able to knock down Fighter B, the score may be 10-8 in favour of Fighter A. If you repeat the process a second time, the result is 10-7. This can continue depending on how many knockdowns there are in any given round.
In some cases, however, a three-knockdown rule is implemented, which means that if a fighter is knocked down three times in a round, that fighter is automatically knocked out of the fight. The four major boxing commissions, on the other hand, do not follow this rule.
Additionally, if a fighter consistently violates rules that the referee deems unfair, points may be deducted from his or her score.
When it comes to determining who the victor of a boxing round might be, there isn’t much room for doubt. Most of the time, you can tell just by looking, and obviously, if your favourite athlete is knocked to the ground, it usually means things aren’t looking good for him…
However, it can be difficult to comprehend why certain fighters are able to pull out victories in close rounds. Here are some of the things that the judges are noticing throughout the competition:
When you look at a fighter, you might notice that they are throwing a lot of punches, boxing their opponent into a corner, and generally being extremely aggressive in their approach to the fight. Nonetheless, if their punches aren’t connecting and their opponent is able to counter their attacks, they will not win the fight.
It is important to note that the word “effective” is used throughout this section, and judges are looking for fighters who are accurate and precise in their approach. When punches are successfully landed while moving forward, this is indicated.
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