The sport of boxing has many rules that are used to govern the sport. This is done to keep the game safe and competitive for the wrestlers. Check out the 10 common rules of boxing.
If there are no rules, the combatants could be in serious danger. The rules of boxing vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and whether it is an amateur or professional match.
Check out the basic rules of boxing.
10 common boxing rules
Boxing Rules See details below.
A violation of the rules is a foul. This may result in a warning, point deduction or disqualification by the referee:
- You cannot hit below the belt, hold, trip, kick, head butt, fight, bite, spit, or push your opponent.
- He cannot strike with the head, shoulder, forearm, or elbow.
- We cannot hit with an open glove, inside the glove, wrist, backhand or the side of the hand.
- You cannot hit your opponent's back, or the back of his head or neck (rabbit punch), or on the kidneys.
- We cannot throw a punch while holding on to the ropes to gain influence.
- You cannot grab your opponent and hit him or duck so low that your head is below your opponent's belt line.
- When the referee frees you from a clinch, you have to take a full step back; You should not immediately hit your opponent, this is called "hitting on the break" and is illegal.
- You cannot spit the mouthpiece on purpose to rest.
- If you score a knockdown, you must go to the far corner while the referee counts.
- If you "knock down" your opponent, you cannot hit him when he is on the mat.
- A downed boxer has up to ten seconds to get back on his feet before losing the bout by knockout.
- A boxer who is knocked down cannot be saved by the bell in any round, depending on the rules of the local jurisdiction.
- A boxer who receives an accidental low blow has up to five minutes to recover. If it cannot continue after five minutes, it is considered deleted.
- When the foul results in an injury that causes the fight to end immediately, the boxer who committed the foul is disqualified.
- If the foul causes an injury but the bout continues, the referee orders the judges to subtract two points from the boxer who caused the injury.
- If a boxer is knocked out of the ring, he counts to 20 to re-enter and stand up. It cannot be helped.
- In other jurisdictions, only the referee can stop the count.