Amateur Boxing Rules

The Scoring System

The Scoring System will be based on a “Ten Point Must System”.

At the end of each round, each Judge must determine the winning Boxer of that round by awarding a score of 10 points and by awarding 9 or fewer points, down to 7 to the losing Boxer, depending on the judgement as to the degree to which the opponent lost the round. Every round must have a declared winner.

The Scoring System
The Scoring System
  • The Judges must apply the following criteria to score round:
  1. Close round; 10 – 9
  2. Clear winner; 10 – 8
  3. Total dominance; 10 – 7
  • Each Judge will independently judge the merits of the two Boxers using the following criteria:
  1. Number of quality blows on the target area;
  2. Domination of the Bout by technical and tactical superiority;
  3. Competitiveness;
  • Decisions
  1. A win on points – WP
  2. Tiebreak
  3. Technical Draw – TD
  4. Abandon – ABD
  5. A win by Referee Stops Contest – RSC
  6. Win by Referee Stops Contest-Injury – RSC-I
  7. A win by Disqualification – DSQ
  8. Win by Knockout – KO
  9. A win by Walkover – WO
  10. No Contest – NC

Amateur Boxing Age Groups

The age of a Boxer is determined using his/her year of birth in all competitions.

Elite Boxers, Men and Women Boxers between the ages of 19 to 40 are categorized as Elite Boxers.

Youth Boxers, Boys and Girls Boxers between the ages of 17 to 18 are categorized as Youth Boxers.

Junior Boxers, Boys and Girls Boxers between the ages of 15 to 16 are categorized as Junior Boxers.

The range of the ages of the Boxers participating in Junior and school-age boys and girls as well as all other younger ages, must not be more than 2 years difference.

Amateur Boxing Weight Classes

Elite Men and Youth Boy Weight Classes

Weight Category Minimum KG Maximum KG
Light Flyweight 46 49
Flyweight 49 52
Bantamweight 52 56
Lightweight 56 60
Light Welterweight 60 64
Welterweight 64 69
Middleweight 69 75
Light Heavyweight 75 81
Heavyweight 81 91
Super Heavyweight 91 No Max

Elite Women and Youth Girl Weight Classes

Weight Category Minimum KG Maximum KG
Light Flyweight 45 48
Flyweight 48 51
Bantamweight 51 54
Featherweight 54 57
Lightweight 57 60
Light Welterweight 60 64
Welterweight 64 69
Middleweight 69 75
Light Heavyweight 75 81
Heavyweight 81 No Max

Junior Boys and Girls Weight Classes

Weight Category Minimum KG Maximum KG
Pinweight 44 46
Light Flyweight 46 48
Flyweight 48 50
Light Bantamweight 50 52
Bantamweight 52 54
Featherweight 54 57
Lightweight 57 60
Light Welterweight 60 63
Welterweight 63 66
Light Middleweight 66 70
Middleweight 70 75
Light Heavyweight 75 80
Heavyweight 80 No Max

Fouls, Cautions, And Warnings In Amateur Boxing

Throughout the round, the referee can deliver multiple cautions and warnings to the boxers. There are three different kinds of fouls. minor, major and flagrant therefore depending on the factors, a caution, warning, or disqualification can be issued by the referee.

A referee shall make use of all their experience to manage the round without causing unnecessary stoppages, warnings, and disqualification, and if a referee has got any cause to believe any boxing fouls have been committed which is hidden, the referee might seek advice from the judges.

Cautions, minor fouls

A caution is actually a piece of advice for less severe infringements and the volume of cautions given prior to a warning is at the discretion of the referee. For minor boxing fouls, cautions ought to be given without having to stop the round by making use of hand signals and verbal instructions.

Cautions cannot be given during the one minute rest time between rounds. If the foul happened following the bell was sounded, the referee will need to wait until the beginning of the next round.

Examples

  • Low head but not dangerous
  • Slight holding, not causing advantage
  • Slight pushing, not causing advantage
  • Not stepping back on the command “Break”
  • Stepping on the opponent’s toe

Warnings, major fouls

For major boxing fouls, the referee should command STOP and issue at least a strong caution, they may also issue a warning.

Examples

  • Low blow
  • Holding
  • Hitting behind head
  • Hitting behind back
  • Pushing
  • Slapping
  • Holding and hitting
  • Low Head
  • Passive Defense
  • Gum shield falls out or knocked out.

Disqualifications, flagrant fouls

For flagrant boxing fouls, the referee should command STOP and give “strong caution” or “warning” and if there is no other option, then disqualify the Boxer.

Examples

  • Head butt
  • Lacing
  • Slamming opponent to the canvas
  • Strike opponent without taking a full step back on the command “Break”
  • Hitting while the opponent is down
  • Hitting after the bell
  • Hitting behind the head (intentional)
  • Hitting behind the back (intentional)
  • Hitting with the elbow
  • Hitting with shoulder
  • Spitting out gum shield

Boxing Rounds

In all Men’s, Women’s and Youth Elite divisions, the Bouts must consist of three rounds of three minutes each with one minute rest time between rounds.

In all Junior Boys’ and Girls’ divisions, the Bouts must consist of three rounds of two minutes each with one minute rest time between rounds.

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