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Tournaments Of Boxing

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Boxing Championship

The International Boxing Association, originally the Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur and still referred to as the AIBA is a sports organization that sanctions amateur (Olympic-style) boxing matches and awards world and subordinate championships. Recently, AIBA has been trying to build its own professional version of boxing, where boxers would retain their Olympic eligibility, through the team tournament league known as World Series of Boxing and AIBA Pro Boxing. Because of its huge popularity, different organizations organize boxing tournaments at a professional or amateur level.

Amateur boxing tournaments

Golden Gloves Association of America −This association organizes tournaments in different states; the winners of each different state compete at a national level (The Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions) to decide the winner. Mexico also organizes a tournament called Gauntest De Oro (meaning “Gloves of Gold”).

USA Boxing − A non-profit organization that promotes Olympic-style boxing in America. It is overseen by the United States Olympic Committee, and its rules are set by the International Boxing Association.

 

Professional boxing tournaments

  1. World Boxing Association (WBA) −An international boxing organization that awards the WBA world championship title.
  2. World Boxing Council (WBC) − One of the most prestigious organizations in boxing. It has over 140 countries with their flags represented on the awarding belt.
  3. World Boxing Organization (WBO) −The organization which recognizes professional boxing world champions.
  4. International Boxing Federation (IBF) −The federation creates different regional titles throughout the United States and other countries, to give young boxers the opportunity to participate.
  5. The Elite Boxing Championship (EBC) is an exciting new elimination boxing tournament contested by elite standard boxers. Participation is by invitation only, providing a showcase of high volume action in rapidly completed bouts. The elimination format, that is a basis of the series, assures bouts are action-oriented and contested to their fullest by competitors who wish to progress to the next stage and ultimately compete in the Grand Final.

The EBC involves both male and female participants across four divisions, with eight participants in each. Contested in bouts over 3 x 3-minute rounds with the winner progressing and the loser eliminated. A Champion for each division will be crowned at the completion of the series. The EBC will demonstrate the skill, action and world standard abilities of participants matched with the drama and human interest created by the various back stories and desperation required to perform at an elite level.

The main differences are in the Rules as well as in the Objectives of the two sports, with different safety standards and records. Because of this distinction, unlike in other sports, athletes, as well as referees and judges of professional boxing, are not permitted to participate in amateur and Olympic boxing events. The following are a few examples of the differences between amateur and professional boxing. It is recognized that while the rules for amateur boxing are the same all over the world, rules for professional boxing can vary significantly, and in a few countries or states may have now equaled or even exceeded safety standards of amateur boxing in some instances. The purpose of this article is to provide factual information in the light of much confusion and misconception. For make it more clearly some differences are given in the below table:

 

ASPE    

   

SPE

Aspect

 

Amateur

pPROF fP

Professionals S

S

Safety

Rules

Are geared to protect the health and safety of the athlete. Uniform in all 190 AIBA affiliated countries.

Rules vary from country to country, sometimes even within one country.

Uniform rules mean uniform safety standards.

Rounds

Junior A Male & Female: 3 – 1 minute Rounds,

Junior B Male & Female: 3 – 1.5 minute Rounds,

Junior C Male & Female: 3 – 2 minute Rounds,
Youth & Senior Male: 3 – 3 minute Rounds,
Youth & Senior Female: 4 – 2minute Rounds

From 4 rounds of 3 minutes up to 12 rounds of 3 minutes each. Two- minute rounds for females.

Longer bouts are said to increase the risk of injury. For that reason, professional boxing no longer has 15 round fights.

Gloves

10 oz. for competitions, specially designed to cushion the impact. White area denotes striking surface. Must have AIBA approved label.

6, 8, and 10 oz. gloves, depending on jurisdiction.

Not only the weight but also the design and material of gloves are factors.

Head guards

Compulsory for all competitions since 1971 in Canada since 1984 worldwide.

Prohibited.

Head guards reduce cuts by 90 %, earlobe injury by 100 %.

Singlets (Tops)

Mandatory for males and females.

Prohibited for males.

Tops prevent rope burns, keep gloves cleaner.

Vaseline, Grease

Prohibited.

Allowed.

Possible eye/vision irritant. Said to prevent “leather-burn.”

Standing Eight-Count

Given to a boxer in difficulty. After 3 eight-counts in a round or 4 in total, the bout is stopped.

Usually does not exist.

The purpose is to protect the boxer before getting hurt.

Duties of Referee

First priority is to protect the boxers and to enforce the rules in the ring. The referee does not keep score.

To enforce the prevailing rules. In some jurisdictions, the referee keeps score. In recent years, actions of referees to stop the fight when a boxer is injured or helpless have been exemplary.

The role and actions of the referee are important in preventing serious injuries.

Injuries

The bout is stopped when there is much bleeding, or cuts, swelling around the eye.

The bout is not stopped unless the injured boxer is unable to continue (TKO).

Blood and swelling around the eyes impair vision and make it hard to defend against blows.

RSC – Outclassed

If a boxer is overmatched, and has difficulty defending against a far superior opponent, the referee stops the contest.

No such rule.

Mismatches can be a cause of injuries, and while rare, can happen in both sports, in spite of rules and all efforts to prevent or end them.

Novice Class

Boxers who have competed in 10 events or less are in the Novice class and can compete only against other Novices.

No such rule.

This rule seeks to prevent mismatches and to make bouts more even and fair.

Fouls

There are 21 fouls (forbidden, unfair or dangerous tactics) which lead to warnings and point penalties if committed. Disqualification after 3 warnings.

Some tactics considered fouls in amateur boxing are permitted in professional boxing.

Clean boxing without fouls makes the sport safer.

Objectives

To win on points by landing correct scoring blows on the opponent’s target area. Knock-downs do not result in extra points. Knock-outs are accidental, and not an objective.

For point decisions, aggressiveness, knock-downs, injuring (“marking”) the opponent, can also count. KO’s are an objective, as a high knock-out record can lead to higher earnings.

Acute knock-outs are concussions. Less than 1 % of amateur bouts end in knock-outs. Over 25 % of pro fights end in KO’s, over 50 % in KO’s or TKO’s.

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