Video:How Boxing Is Scored: Amateurwith Dave Gaudette
Amateur boxing is scored differently than the professional level. Watch this About.com video to learn how the point system for amateur boxing works and how it is different than professional boxing matches.See Transcript
Transcript:How Boxing Is Scored: Amateur
Hi, My name is Dave Gaudette, I own Front Range Boxing Academy and I train amateur and professional boxers, and I am here today with About.com to talk to you about how boxing is scored.
Amateur Boxing Scores Based on Clean Punching
An amateur boxing match is scored completely differently than a pro boxing match. In amateur boxing, the sole criteria is number of clean punches landed. The judges actually count the punches. Amateur boxing isn't scored by round, it is strictly the number of clean legal punches.
Fouls Affect Scores in Amateur Boxing
A boxer can be disqualified for an intentional foul. Sometimes with intentional fouls they only take away two points, other times if the intentional foul continues, they stop the fight.
The rules for amateur boxing change periodically, but right now, if a boxer has had fewer than 10 fights, a boxer is considered a novice boxer, and will box 3, 2 minute rounds. A person having over ten fights, is considered an elite or open boxer, and that boxer will box 3, 3 minute rounds. Women elite boxers fight 4, 2 minute rounds.
Aggression Can Sway the Amateur Boxing Match
If at the end of the fight the score is even, they don't allow draws in amateur boxing anymore. The fight goes to the person who is the most aggressive. Generally speaking, this is the person who presses the fight.
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