In amateur Boxing the two competitors wear either red or blue vests and compete in protective headwear.
Fights are often decided by point scoring rather than knockout blows.
The gloves weigh 10 oz and feature a white strip on the main hitting area around the knuckles. This is considerably lighter than the 16 oz gloves for white-collar bouts and for this reason the lighter the gloves, the higher the skill level.
- White Collar 16 Oz
- Amateur 10 Oz
- Professional 8 Oz
In the amateurs the action is generally fast and quite furious being limited to, four two-minute rounds, as opposed to the customary 12 rounds (for title fights) in professional boxing and the three two minute rounds in white collar boxing, which is also generally action packed (without the same fitness levels).
The winner of a bout is the fighter with the most points, unless the referee stops the bout before the final bell.
If points are level at the end, the best and the worst (total) scores given to each fighter by the five judges is deducted. The winner is the fighter who is left with the most points from the remaining three judges.
Take a look at this scoring diagram here and this is really what you want to be paying attention to whether fighting as an amateur or at White Collar Level.
Out point the guy, don’t get involved in a toe-to-toe slugfest like many white-collar boxers do. Use the skills the muscle memory you’ve conditioned to just beat the guy by out pointing him!
Source: BBC Sport; http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/boxing/4733928.stm
You can see the circles on the top of the gloves, these are purposely designed with white and would aid the judges in scoring.
“A legal scoring blow is that which is landed cleanly with the white knuckle surface of the glove, within the scoring area!”
So Take Note:
- Chest = wasted shot and energy
- Back = wasted shot and energy
- Arms = wasted shot and enegry
You may still hurt and slow your opponent down with these blows but they will not count as point winners.
By making sure the white lands flush on the target reduces slapping and encourages correct form, which in turn improves your chances of scoring points.
This is a useful place to start and if you can think of this when you’re throwing your own punches against a heavy bag, it will put you in the habit of turning over you hands especially when you’re starting to fatigue. Maintain your form and ensure your knuckles always land in the target area.
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