Boxing Boxing often called "western boxing" or "pugilism," is a combat sport in which two persons in a boxing ring throw punches at each other for a specified period while wearing protective gloves and other protective equipment such as hand wraps and mouthguards. More broadly, the word "boxing" can apply to any fighting sport in which opposing parties battle with their fists, usually protected by gloves, and are distinguished by their rules, such as western boxing, French boxing, Chinese boxing, Thai boxing, kickboxing, and ancient pygmachia. In contemporary terms, the terms pugilism and prizefighting are almost interchangeable with boxing, while the first phrase implies the sport's ancient roots by deriving from the Latin pugil, "a boxer," which is connected to the Latin pugnus, "fist," which is deduced in essence from the Greek pyx, "with a clenched fist." The phrase "prizefighting" refers to the pursuit of the sport for monetary benefit, which dates back to the 17th century in England Basic Rules of Boxing
- Fighters are not allowed to strike opponents below the belt, trip, hold, kick, headbutt, bite, shove, or spit on them.
- You can't use your head, forearm, or elbows to hit.
- Only clenched fist blows are allowed, not an open glove, wrist, or backhand punches.
- The back, back of the head, neck, or kidneys are all prohibited areas for a boxer to strike their rival.
- The ropes cannot be held and used to acquire leverage for a punch.
- Competitors should take a step back and desist from launching blows when a referee signals for a pause.
- Once a rival is knocked to the ground, you cannot hit them.
- Before being considered the loser, a "floored" rival gets 10 seconds to get. by knocking someone out
- Boxers who are hit with an unintentional low blow are given a set duration to recuperate (typically 5 minutes), and if they are unable to do so by the end of that time, they are eliminated.
- Three judges score each bout.