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Boxing

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Jabs, crosses, uppercuts... a single punch can make all the difference in boxing. The sport made its Olympic debut at St Louis 1904 and women entered the fray at London 2012. At Rio 2016, there are 13 categories – 10 for men and three for women.
Spectator's Guide - Boxing
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Schedule & Results

Schedule & Results

Boxing

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August21
Date Event Status
Sun 2114:00 Women's Middle (69-75kg) Final Bout
USA
SHIELDS Claressa Maria
NED
FONTIJN Nouchka
Finished
Sun 2114:17 Men's Fly (52kg) Final Bout
UZB
ZOIROV Shakhobidin
RUS
ALOIAN Misha
Finished
Sun 2115:12 Men's Light Welter (64kg) Final Bout
UZB
GAIBNAZAROV Fazliddin
AZE
SOTOMAYOR COLLAZO Lorenzo
Finished
Sun 2115:30 Men's Super Heavy (+91kg) Final Bout
FRA
YOKA Tony Victor James
GBR
JOYCE Joe
Finished

About

About

Aim of the game

Two boxers attempt to dominate each other in a bout by landing punches on each other’s head or upper body

Why should you watch this?

Because it is arguably the purest form of one-versus-one sport – a primal challenge that requires great strength, skill, endurance, speed and intelligence

International Federation

Olympic debut

St Louis 1904

Rules
  • Jab

    Jab

    A straight-arm blow, not full power, used to keep rival at bay and set up bigger shots

  • Cross

    Cross

    A blow that crosses from one side to the other, more powerful than jab, can produce knock-outs

  • Uppercut

    Uppercut

    A big shot rising from below to the opponent’s chin, successful execution often results in a knock-out

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  • Boxing dates back to Egypt around 3000 BC and entered the ancient Olympic Games in the 7th century BC.

    Boxing dates back to Egypt around 3000 BC and entered the ancient Olympic Games in the 7th century BC.

  • During the Roman Empire, boxers used gloves studded with metal, which often resulted in the death of one gladiator

    During the Roman Empire, boxers used gloves studded with metal, which often resulted in the death of one gladiator

  • Boxing has been in every edition of the Games since 1904, except Stockholm 1912, when it was banned under Swedish law. Women’s boxing debuted at London 2012

    Boxing has been in every edition of the Games since 1904, except Stockholm 1912, when it was banned under Swedish law. Women’s boxing debuted at London 2012

  • At Munich 1972, Cuba's Teófilo Stevenson won the 1st of his 3 gold medals, ending US dominance in heavyweight boxing

    At Munich 1972, Cuba's Teófilo Stevenson won the 1st of his 3 gold medals, ending US dominance in heavyweight boxing

  • Women's boxing debuted at London 2012 and home favourite Nicola Adams won the 1st gold, becoming a star in Britain

    Women's boxing debuted at London 2012 and home favourite Nicola Adams won the 1st gold, becoming a star in Britain

  • Only three boxers have won three Olympic titles: Cubans Teófilo Stevenson (1972-1980) and Félix Savón (1992-2000) and Hungarian László Papp (1948-1956)

    Only three boxers have won three Olympic titles: Cubans Teófilo Stevenson (1972-1980) and Félix Savón (1992-2000) and Hungarian László Papp (1948-1956)

  • In boxing there are two bronze medals – both semi-final losers receive one, rather than fight for one

    In boxing there are two bronze medals – both semi-final losers receive one, rather than fight for one

  • Many legendary boxers – such as Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Floyd Mayweather Jr (above) – made their names at the Olympic Games

    Many legendary boxers – such as Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Floyd Mayweather Jr (above) – made their names at the Olympic Games

  • Ali, then called Cassius Clay, almost did not go to the Rome 1960 Games – where he won a pivotal gold medal – because he was scared of flying

    Ali, then called Cassius Clay, almost did not go to the Rome 1960 Games – where he won a pivotal gold medal – because he was scared of flying

Duration

A men’s bout consists of three rounds of three minutes. Women contest four rounds of two minutes.

Scoring

Five judges score both fighters after each round, but scores are not revealed until the end of the bout.

A boxer receives 10 points for winning a round, while the loser gets between six and nine. 

Athletes are scored on successfully landed blows, domination, competitiveness, technique, tactics and adherence to the rules. 

A computer selects the scores of three of the five judges at the end of the bout – and the final score is an average of these judges’ scores.

The winner

Unless one is knocked out, stopped for their own protection or disqualified, the fighter with the most points wins.

Referee

The referee ensures well-being of boxers (has power to stop the fight) and that rules are followed. Is the one that raises hand of winner when the decision is announced.

Equipment

The gloves weight 284g, double the size of the fist. Both boxers use same model, provided by competition organisers.

Men no longer use protective headguards, but women do.

Also known as gumshield, protects teeth, the mouthpiece must not be red or pink, as this could conceal blood.

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Woman 13
Men 87
Women
Men

Age Range

Age Range
Under 15 0
16 - 20 11
21 - 25 47
26 - 30 33
31 - 40 8
Over 40 0
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