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Rules of Boxing
Rules of Boxing have been formulated to make the game more fair and interesting.
 
 Rules of Boxing have various types. And it has been designed in a manner to make the game more interesting for audience and fair towards the players. Here the rules of boxing are noted below:

(1) Dress
The judges shall officiate in white clothing, similar to the referee. Female officials will be dressed in white blouse white skirt or slacks, and preferably, white shoes. Officials working in USA Boxing Croup Members` tournaments may wear the uniforms of that organisation at its competitions.

(2) Duties
(a) Each judge shall independently judge the merits of the two boxers and shall decide the winner according to the rules.
(b) A judge shall not speak to a boxer nor to another judge nor to anyone else except the referee during the contest but may, if necessary, at the end of a round, bring to the notice of the referee any incident which the referee may appear not to have noticed, such as the misconduct of a coach, loose ropes, etc.
(c) The number of legal scoring blows will be counted with the use of a tally counter or similar counting device. Two counting devices will be used. One device will count the scoring blows for the Red corner and the other device will count the scoring blows for the Blue corner. The number of legal scoring blows awarded to each boxer will be recorded on the score card at the end of each round. In addition, any warnings shall be entered by the judge on the scorecard immediately after the end of the round. The scoring device must be reset to zero prior to the start of the next round.
(d) At the end of the bout, a judge shall total the scoring blows and nominate a winner.

(3) Each contest shall be marked by five boxing judges who shall be seated separate from the public and immediately adjacent to the ring. Two of the judges shall be seated on the same side of the ring at a sufficient distance from one another, and each of the other three judges shall be seated at the centre of one of the other three sides of the ring.

(4) Before a contest begins, the referee and the judges should confirm the identity of each boxer, fill in the necessary preliminary entries on their score card, such as weight class, bout number, date and affix their signature to the bottom of the paper. Each official will print, in large block letters, the names of the boxers in the red and blue corners in the corresponding left and right columns on the scorecard.

Rules of Boxing Awarding of Points
(A) Directives in awarding points, the following directives shall be observed. (A) Concerning blows:
(1) Scoring Blows: During each round, a judge shall assess the respective scores of each boxer according to the number of blows obtained by each. Each blow to have scoring value must, without being blocked or guarded, land directly with the knuckle part of the closed glove of either hand on any part of the front or sides of the head or body above the belt. 3lows landing as above described are scoring hits. The value of blows scored in a rally of infighting shall be assessed at the end of such rally and shall be credited to the boxer who has had the better of the exchanges according to the degree of said boxer`s superiority.

(2) Non-scoring Blows: Non-scoring blows are blows which are struck by a boxer:
(a) While infringing any of the rules
(b) With the side, heel, or inside of the glove or with the open glove or any part other than the knuckle part of the closed glove
(c) That lands on the arms;
(d) Which merely connect, without the weight of body or shoulder.

(B) Concerning Fouls - "W," "X" and "J"
(1) There are three symbols the judge uses to annotate to on the score card - "W," "X" and "J".
(a) W - Referee`s Warning: If the referee issues I "warning" against one (or both) of the boxers, the judge will indicate a "W" on the score card in the column of the offending boxer. The judge will also note the reason for the warning (i.e. W - holding

(b) X - judge disagrees with referee`s warning: If the judge concludes "unequivocally" that the warning was inappropriate or in error, the judge will annotate an "X" in the appropriate column and indicate the reason for the warning (i.e. X - low blow). In this case, there will be no addition to the number or scoring blows awarded the "fouled" boxer. It must be noted if the judge did not see the foul or was unsure if it was a foul, the judge will accept the advice of the referee and issue a "W" for warning.

(c) J - Judge`s warning: If the judge detects a foul, apparently unnoticed by the referee, the judge may- impose a warning by writing a "J" on the score card in the column of the offending boxer. The judge will also note the reason for the judge`s warning (i.e. J - ducking). A "J" warning carries the same penalty as a "W" warning.

(C) Administering the Penalty (foul)
(1) The purpose of using a tally counter or similar scoring device is to mimic the computer scoring system. Administering the penalty (foul) will also mimic the computer scoring system. These are the rules a judge must use to administer the penalty (foul).

(a) "W" - Two scoring blows will be added to the round score of the FOULED boxer. This will be done for each "W" occurring in that round.

(b) "X" - In this case no scoring blows will be added

(c) "1" - Two scoring blows will be added to the round score of the FOULED boxer. This will be done for each occurring in that round.

(d) When using tally counters or similar scoring devices, there will be no "offsetting" fouls. Two scoring blows will be added to the round score of any boxer fouled.

(e) The judge must immediately note the foul in the remarks column of the scorecard, when given by the referee. A judge`s warning must be noted prior to the beginning of the next round.

(D) Concerning the Award of Scoring Blows
(1) At the end of the bout the scores for each of the rounds will be totalled and the winner will be the one with the higher score.
(2) If, at the end of a bout, having marked each round, the judge finds that the boxers are equal in scoring blows after totalling the scorecard, the judge is required to select a winner. The judge must record the criteria for the selection of the winner. The judge must record the criteria for the selection of the winner in the remarks column next to the scorecard total of the winner. The criteria for selecting a winner are as follows:

(a) Finding the effective aggressor or the one who done most of punching
(b) Who has shown the better defence (blocking, parrying, ducking, side-stepping, etc.) by which the opponent`s attacks have been made to miss?

If still equal:
(c) Who boxed cleaner and had the better style?
(d) A winner must be nominated in all USA Boxing competitions (in AIBA dual matches, a draw decision may be awarded).
(3) Knockdowns-No extra points shall be awarded for a knockdown.

(Last Updated on : 10/07/2013)
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