Facts about Boxing

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Sport | 1 comment

boxingManny here! Today we’re going over typical rules for my favorite sport: boxing.

Boxing is a difficult sport to compete in. It demands peak physical stamina, toughness, and a degree of intelligence. Surely a boxer can be successful on brute strength alone, but adding a little bit of brainpower to physical prowess can lead to marked improvements.

A boxing match consists of a number of rounds (called the distance) that each last an amount of time. This can change from division to division, with most of the biggest money matches being slated for 12 rounds that are three minutes apiece. Obviously fighting another person for 36 minutes total is exhausting, so they call going the entire fight without being knocked down “going the distance.”

There are some things boxers are not allowed to do. Boxers are prohibited from having beards in the ring. Beards are scratchy, and can cut opponents. They also make it harder for trainers to see if and where their man’s been cut.

Boxers are also not allowed to bite, headbutt, or hit their opponents below their belt. Doing so can be grounds for a disqualification from the fight. Perhaps the most famous instance of this is when Mike Tyson literally chewed off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear, spitting the freshly-ripped flesh into the crowd. Needless to say, he did not win that fight.

Boxing is a long-time sport with a storied history that is both vibrant and rewarding for those who take the time to follow it. While the sport’s future may be in question, its past is solidified in the annals of human history.

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