Boxing Rules: Amateur vs. Professionals

Boxing rules are different for amateur and professional games. There are different types of rules for different types in games in various parts of the world. While one global boxing event, which is the Olympics, has a unique set of boxing rules, one rule remains the same – opponent knock out.
Boxing events are categorized into two types:

  • Professional boxing
  • Amateur boxing
    It is the rules that make these two types of boxing events different from one another. The categories of rules are noted as under:boxing rules sheet
  • Total number of rounds
  • The time duration of each round
  • Decision of referee

Total Number of Rounds& Time Duration

In professional boxing category, a number of rounds vary as per category. For instance,

  • Junior A Category, both males as well as females have 3 rounds of 1 minute each
  • Junior B Category allows both males and females to have 3 rounds of 1.5 minutes each
  • Junior C Category comprises of 3 rounds of 2 minutes each for both males and females
  • Category for youth as well as senior males have 3 rounds of 3 minutes each
  • Category for youth as well as senior females have 4 rounds of 2 minutes each

In amateur boxing, for males, there are four rounds that last up to 3 minutes each, and in some cases, there can be about 12 rounds with similar duration of 3 minutes. For females, a number of rounds remain the same, only the time of round is 2 minutes each.

Generally, professional boxing has 4 to 15 rounds, while amateur boxing has 3 to 5 rounds. As longer bouts increase risks of injury, professional boxing does not feature 15 round fights anymore.

Decision of Referee

In every fight, boxers are assigned their corners to be used mainly during intervals by their coaches and managers. When one boxer is knocked down, the referee counts ten, and if the boxer remains on the floor after the count of ten, then the other boxer is a winner by knockout. During the count of ten, the other boxer should be in the neutral ground that does not include assigned corners.
The other method of determining the winner is by point system maintained by the judges.

Boxing Gear and Equipment

Some boxing gears and equipment are mandatory for both professional as well as amateur boxers. Before getting into the ring, boxers must wear their hand wraps inside good boxing gloves, boxing trunks, and boxing shoes. In addition, a mouthpiece is mandatory to protect boxers’ jaw along with an athletic cup for the groin area protection. But the one thing that isolated professional boxing gear from amateur boxing gear is the headgear – it is mandatory for amateur boxers to wear headgear to protect their head, but not for professional boxers.

Amateur boxing is a game played out of sheer love for the sport and the pride of the country or province. Amateur boxers are neither paid to compete nor acknowledged, just like amateur badminton players, basketball players, and swimmers. On the contrary, professional boxers earn acknowledgment, money and all the benefits of being professionals.