Amateur Boxing Regulations

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Amateur Boxing Regulations
The size of the gloves used during amateur boxing matches is one of many regulations within the sport. (boxing gloves image by jovica antoski from

Boxing is a sport that is practised in many countries throughout the world. Competitors use a number of punching and defensive techniques to defeat their opponents by knockout or judge’s decision. Before becoming a professional fighter, boxers must train diligently and earn experience as amateur boxers. The regulations for amateur boxing differ from those in the professional ranks. These differences are meant to protect the fighter while helping them become acclimated to actual competition.

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Boxing Clothing

Amateur boxers are required to fight in approved boxing gear. Their uniforms differ from those of professional fighters in a number of ways. As with those in the professional ranks amateur boxers must wear approved shorts, socks, gloves shoes and a protective cup. Amateur boxing regulations require fighters to wear a sleeveless athletic shirt. This shirt must be a different colour than the waistband of the boxer’s shorts or it will not be approved. Headgear is also worn during these contests to protect the fighter from powerful blows to the head and face. Glove sizes are also more uniform for amateur boxing. International contests use 284gr. gloves. In U.S. competitions, 284gr. gloves are used for weight classes 106 to 152 and 340g. gloves are used for 165 to 201.

Fight Rules

Fights in amateur events are ran by a different set of rules than those found in professional boxing. The standard round set up is four, two-minute rounds. This length is shorter for those fighters who are under the age of 17 years old. Vaseline is not allowed to be applied to boxer's face to help deal with the damage of punches. Amateur boxers can only receive four standing eight counts during a fight. If they are in danger after the fourth count, the fight will be stopped. Fights are immediately stopped if any fighter suffers from bleeding, cuts or swelling around the eyes. Referees also have the jurisdiction to stop a fight if they feel that either boxer is over matched by their opponent. The main objective in an amateur fight is to score points. These points are awarded by landing punches. Knocking down your opponent does not serve as a point boost, as that punch only counts as one point. This varies greatly from the scoring system in professional boxing.

Other Regulations

Amateur boxing in the United States is governed by one single organisation, USA Boxing. This organisation provides direction for all aspects of U.S. amateur boxing, such as participation in the Olympic Games. USA Boxing’s rules conform to meet the standards for international amateur boxing; however, more strict policies are in place to provide fighter safety.

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