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Boxing Rules and Equipment


Boxing bouts are two minute rounds where two competitors aim to score points through correct punches on the opponents target areas. There are usually four bouts per round with a one minute rest break between each round.

The winner is the boxer who accumulates the most points at the end of the final round.


A panel of judges use a computerised system to calculate each correct punch and tally the results at the end, to determine the winner.

Not all punches thrown are rewarded with a point.


A boxer is not permitted to hit an opponent below the belt. All punches must be to the upper body. They may not kick and all punches must be with a gloved fist.

Ropes surrounding the ring may not be used unfairly.

Offensive language will not be permitted under any circumstance.

Boxers must obey the requests of the referee, particularly when asked to stand apart and must treat them with respect.

Boxers can have points deducted from their final score if they are first cautioned and then given a warning. 


Boxing gloves
The main purpose of gloves is to protect the hands during impact. Gloves must weigh 280 grams. The white area marks the striking point. Some boxers choose to wrap bandages around their hands as further protection.


Head guard
Shaped like a helmet, the head guard protects the skull from impact and is a compulsory piece of clothing.

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