Pro Boxers - Basics Of Professional Boxing

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Above all else, pro boxing was first influenced by the pure passion, for manly fights, as well as the worth of those fights. Hence forth, the definition of "prizefighting" was born.

The recognition of pro boxers commenced in 18th century England, where the working classes were to be found the very first passionate fans, as well as the participants.

The idea grew on till boxing captured the interest of top-hatted gentlemen and royalty. Currently, professional boxing bouts are presented world wide, where by the individual champions, are made up from a variety of countries.

Scoring system

In pro boxing, unlike in amateur boxing, scores are awarded based on the 10-point must system. Which means the 3 ringside judges must award the maximum number of points for the pro boxer, that exhibited a much better skill-set during exchanges in the course of a round, while the loser for each round only receives 9 points.

The actual scores are marked on score cards that are totaled at the conclusion of the fight. On the other hand, in the event of a knockout, where one pro boxer receives some sort of hard blow, and is not capable of standing up before the count of ten, the fight will then be over at that point.

Also any time there is a technical knockout, also known as a TKO, where the bout is stopped by the referee due to various factors where one of the fighters is unable to continue.

Totals are given depending on the cleanliness, and effectiveness, of the punches. Other factors include defensive techniques a pro boxer utilizes, plus the display, of effective aggressiveness.

Unfortunately as things are, this particular scoring system is susceptible to not enough objectivity, which often often gives rise, to questionable outcomes of bouts on a regular basis.

A knockdown deducts one point from the boxer that went down, in addition penalties may be awarded, if the rules are infringed upon, such as low blows, head-butting, or biting. With serious violations, the bout can be stopped, along with the violator being disqualified.

As earlier mentioned, scores are totaled at the conclusion of the fight, and in the event, that all of the scorecards are in agreement, the winner receives a "unanimous decision". There is a "split decision" any time the winner only wins 2 of the 3 scorecards.

If the results are tied, the determination will be a draw, in fact it is still a draw, if one judge picks a winner and the other two gave tied scores, however this is called a "majority draw".

Round System

Pro boxing fights can last for as long as Twelve rounds, with three minutes per round, and as short as Four rounds, for less skilled fighters, who are just learning the craft, and don't possess the skill-set of the Pro's.

On the other hand, prior to 1982, pro boxing was 15 Rounds, which required much more stamina on the part of the fighters. The accidental death of the boxer Duk Koo Kim during a 15-round fight with Ray Mancini, pushed professional boxing associations to go away from 15 rounds, to only 12 rounds for the safety of the fighters.


Weights in professional boxing currently , has the ability to sometimes get confusing, of all the different organizations, and also because for each weight class, there might be additional sub-divisions which add more categories of fighters as well as champions .

Here are the more typical weight divisions in professional boxing:

  • Minimum-weight
  • Light-Flyweight
  • Flyweight
  • Super-Flyweight
  • Bantamweight
  • Super-Bantamweight
  • Featherweight
  • Super-Featherweight
  • Lightweight
  • Light-Welterweight
  • Welterweight
  • Light-Middleweight
  • Middleweight
  • Super-Middleweight
  • Light-Heavyweight
  • Cruiserweight
  • Super-cruiserweight
  • And the Heavyweights

Other weight divisions include Strawweight, Jr. Flyweight, Jr. Bantamweight, Jr. Featherweight, Jr. Lightweight, Jr. Welterweight, and Jr. Middleweight.

Each division has Champions or Belt Holders, however due to the wide variety of professional boxing organizations, like the IBF, WBA, WBC, and WBO, it is hard to know, which among the belt-holders, are the real champions.

Currently though, for the pro boxer there is no one governing body, that could produce one UN-disputed champion.

There are, however, title holders, titlists and belt-holders, for each sanctioning body, which have different guidelines, for determining, who the title holders are, and who the mandatory challengers are.

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