Boxing matches must take place in a ring.
The exact dimensions of the rings depends on the organization of the event. Ring in the small areas may have only five meters in diameter. In the Olympics Games, the official measure is 6.1 m. Professional organizations allow a few rings up to 7.5 meters in diameter.
The ring should be positioned 91 cm to 1.22 m above the ground. The elastic ropes should have a diameter of between 3 cm and 5 cm, and the pole must be hanging 41 cm, 71 cm, 102 cm and 132 cm from the surface.
A boxer must fight shirtless. His uniform consists of a pair of rubber gloves over bandage wrapped wrists, shorts, wraps tied around the hands and wrists (that lie under the gloves), shell (genital shield under the shorts), mouthguard and laced leather shoes.
The rules are divided between the Professional Boxing and Olympic (amateur) Boxing.
• Matches of 4,6,8,10 or 12 rounds of 3 minutes per 1 minute interval.
• Every match is judged by 5 referees.
• It is forbidden to hit the neck or below the waist.
• The winner is the boxer who scores most points or who knocks his opponent out.
• Each fighter begins the round with 10 points.
• Scores are the result of the accuracy of punches given.
Olympic (amateur) Boxing
• Matches with 3 or 4 rounds of 2 or 3 minutes. In the Olympic Games, there are four rounds of two minutes
• Mandatory use of helmet and shirt.
• The valid punches are the frontal ones (only at the open part of the helmet or at the frontal abdominal region) .
The knockout (KO) occurs when one of the fighters applies a punch that knocks his opponent to the ground (or let him touch the floor of the ring with any part of the body other than his feet), and can not get up after 10 seconds.
When a boxer is visibly stunned by the punches of the opponent, but still remains standing, the referee can stop the match: this is a technical knockout.
Professional Male Boxers Weight Divisions
|Weight Class||Limit in Stone||Kg||Pounds|
|Mini Flyweight (IBF/WBO)
|7½ st||47,627 kg||105 lbs|
|Junior Flyweight (WBO/IBF)
Light Flyweight (WBA/WBC)
|7st 10 lbs||48,988 kg||108 lbs|
|Flyweight||8 st||50,802 kg||112 lbs|
|Super Flyweight (WBA/WBC)
Junior Bantamweight (WBO/IBF)
|8 st 3 lbs||52,163 kg||115 lbs|
|Bantamweight||8 st 6 lbs||53,525 kg||118 lbs|
|Super Bantamweight (WBA/WBC)
Junior Featherweight (WBO/IBF)
|8 st 10 lbs||55,225 kg||122 lbs|
|Featherweight||9 st||57,153 kg||126 lbs|
|Super Featherweight (WBA/WBC)
Junior Lightweight (WBO/IBF)
|9 st 4 lbs||58,967 kg||130 lbs|
|Lightweight||9 st 9 lbs||61,235 kg||135 lbs|
|Super Lightweight (WBA/WBC)
Junior Welterweight (WBO/IBF)
|10 st||63,503 kg||140 lbs|
|Welterweight||10½ st||66,678 kg||147 lbs|
|Super Welterweight (WBA/WBC)
Junior Middleweight (WBO/IBF)
|11 st||69,85 kg||154 lbs|
|Middleweight||11 st 6 lbs||72,574 kg||160 lbs|
|Super Middleweight||12 st||76,203 kg||168 lbs|
|Light Heavyweight||12½ st||79,378 kg||175 lbs|
Junior Heavyweight (WBO)
|14 st 4 lbs||90,892 kg||200 lbs|
|Heavyweight||> 14 st 4 lbs||> 90,892 kg||> 200 lbs|
IBF - International Boxing Federation
WBO - World Boxing Organization
WBC - World Boxing Council
WBA - World Boxing Association