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Boxing is one of the oldest sports in the world. People used to compete in this ancient combat sport thousands of years ago. Boxing has evolved from prizefighting in Great Britain in the mid-19th century to the modern boxing we know now.
In this guide we will be talking about the most popular boxing betting markets and boxing competitions.
Amateur boxing is especially popular at the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, and at the collegiate level. In comparison to professional boxing there are certain differences you need to be aware of.
Amateur boxing features a point scoring system which indicates the number of clean blows landed rather than the physical damage dealt in professional boxing. Regular amateur boxing fights consist of 3 rounds of 3 minutes each. There is also a 1 minute break between the rounds.
In most competitions of professional boxing there are 12 rounds with 3 minutes of fighting each, which is a lot more than in amateur boxing.
Professional boxers don’t any protective headgear, just gloves. Fighters are basically taking a lot more damage before a fight gets interrupted by the judge.
There are numerous competitions in boxing. Back in the beginning of the 20th century the first boxing clubs and federations were founded. As of today there are more than 20 international and even more national boxing competitions and organizations.
Each boxing organization hosts their own fights. Boxers compete in these fights to climb up the rankings. The main organizations WBO, WBA, IBF, and the WBC award belts to the top ranked fighters.
The above-mentioned organizations have set similar rules for the fights. However, there are also some differences. In order to climb the rankings a fighter need to fight other boxers which are ranked above them. But the reigning champion of an organization also needs to fight against lower ranked boxers to defend his title. Each organization has to allow or install a fighter they want to pit against another boxer.
There are often times controversies and discussions about the legitimacy of major boxing organizations like the WBA, which recognizes 3 or more champions in each of its divisions.
You can find detailed information about the official rules of the organization at their websites. Even though they look absolutely legit and fair there are problematic situations when it comes to obeying the rules in real life situations. That’s why often times people consider boxing to be a corrupt sport.
To create an even and fair competition it is necessary to split fighters into different categories. The best way of doing so is with different weight classes. The lower limit of a class is equal to the upper limit of the class below.
The ultimate boxing class is the heavyweight in professional boxing and super heavyweight in amateur boxing.
Usually, only fighters of the same weight class will be fighting against each other. In professional boxing a fighter may fight above his initial weight class. In amateur boxing a boxer must not fall below the lower limit.
The already mentioned boxing organizations in boxing have slightly different weight classes. Here’s an overview of all professional weight classes in boxing:
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