Boxing

Boxing
Boxing

Boxing, as a sport, has a very rich history, with its first set of rules being created in Ancient Greece, in which boxing was part of the Olympic Games. The modern version of rules was created in the 19th century in Great Britain, and, nowadays, boxing is the most popular combat sport in the world.

Amateur and Professional Boxing

Amateur boxing emerged in the 19th century as a safer alternative to its professional counterpart: It has shorter bouts, and the scoring is focused more on clean hits rather than damage done. Earlier, all athletes used to wear protective helmets, but since 2016, head protection isn’t used in men’s competitions. As for duration, men usually compete in three rounds of three minutes, while the women’s competitions feature four rounds that last for two minutes. Amateur boxing is widely practiced at collegiate level and is part of the Olympic Games. It also has its own official world federation, called AIBA.

In professional boxing, the athletes fight for a purse, which is divided between two competitors. The athletes don’t wear any head protection, only gloves on their hands. The duration of bouts is limited to 12 rounds, which is significantly more than in its amateur version. The result of a bout is determined either by knockout, disqualification or by decision of referee. The bouts are usually organized by major sanctioning bodies, such as the IBF, WBA, WBC or WBO. Each of these organizations have held world championships in 17 weight divisions.

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