We are all keen boxing enthusiasts, but not all of us know the ”ins and outs” of the boxing rules and regulations. In this article, we are going to cover some of the lesser-known rules. Note – different territories, countries, and athletic commissions do not all implement the same rule set.
Boxing Rules on Leaving the Ring
Should a fighter leave the ring during the one-minute rest period between rounds and fail to be in the ring when the signal for the next round is sounded to resume boxing, the referee shall count him out, the same as if he had suffered a knockdown.
Contact From the Referee!
The referee shall not touch the boxers, with the exception of one or both fighters failing to obey the “break” command.
Knocked Out of the Ring
If a boxer is knocked out of the ring, he gets to the count of 20 to get back in and on his feet. However, this MUST be completed unassisted.
The Clinch Rules
To the surprise of many, within boxing rules, it is actually illegal to ”hold” your opponent, so distinguishing clinching from holding is important. The goal is to close the distance by stepping inside the opponent’s guard and pinning their arms under yours. It should appear as though you are hugging them around the body.
Amateur Boxing Rules
Before 2014, referees were limited to communicating through just hand signals, but seeing as these young athletes are not only learning the physical side of boxing but also the boxing rules at the same time. Referees’ new rules allow them to say what the infractions are that are being committed and also even to coach a little bit during the rounds. Refs can now explain an infraction, and even warnings (“Watch the holding” or “Bring your shots up a little”)are perfectly acceptable. As stated previously, not all of these rules will be enforced at every bout.