Everything You Need to Know about the Sport Boxing

Everything You Need to Know about the Sport Boxing

Everything You Need to Know about the Sport Boxing


Boxing - Ohio Fitness Garage


Perhaps one of the most ancient sports, boxing is the true test of two humans pushing themselves to their mental and physical limits. The sport has been around for thousands of years and has seen many different eras and adaptations as its popularity grew. In the 1920s, boxing took off as an International spectacle with heavyweights like Jack Dempsey and George Dixon. Since then, boxing has become one of the most lucrative sports to compete in.


How to Box


Boxing gloves were first introduced in the early 1800s, and are still used today to protect your hands and the head and body of your opponent. To compete, all you’ll really need is a pair a 10 oz or 12 oz gloves -- depending on the sanctions. These gloves are your only tools, so choose a pair that’s completely comfortable. Heavier gloves like 14 oz and 16 oz are really just used for training.


It takes some fighters years to master their craft and climb through the rankings. This training is rigourous, and it requires you to train your body to both fight and take a beating.


Rules of Boxing


  • Like tennis and many other one-on-one sports, there are no positions in boxing. Fighters are instead divided up into weight classes to provide the most fair fights. These weight classes are: flyweight (112 pounds), bantamweight (118 pounds), featherweight (126 pounds), lightweight (135 pounds), welterweight (147 pounds), middleweight (160 pounds), light-heavyweight (175 pounds), and heavyweight (over 175 pounds).
  • The cardinal rule of boxing is that a fighter must only use their hands. Anything but a hand strike can lead to deduction of points or even disqualification.
  • Illegal hits include: striking below the belt, in the back of someone’s head, or their kidneys.
  • Grabbing the ropes is prohibited in boxing.
  • A boxing ring is anywhere from 16 to 20 feet squared. To protect a fighter who has fallen, there’s about one inch of padded canvas.
  • In Olympic or amateur boxing settings, fighters are almost always required to wear protective headgear.
  • Professional fights last 12 rounds. Each round lasts three minutes, with a one minute resting period in between rounds.
  • To win a match, one simply needs to knockout their opponent, last the full fight and win through the judging panel, corner retirement (“throwing in the towel”), or if a ringside doctor determines the fighter has taken too much punishment to continue. If a fighter is disqualified, their opponent is deemed the winner.
  • In rare occurrences, fights can end in a draw if the judges scoring cards say so.


Boxing is a sport that has withstood the test of time, and many fighters have risen to fame due to their unique styles. Some fighters “stalk” their opponents into the ropes, others are passive and wait for the right moment to strike. All it takes is one punch.


Written by Devin Pickell



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