How do you score a boxing fight?

By Coach Willis - 06/30/2023 - No comments

1. The Famous Ten-Point Must System

If you’ve spent even a minute around boxing, you’ve probably heard of the ten-point must system. It sounds like some complex mathematical equation, right? In reality, it’s straightforward. Each round, the boxer who performs better gets a ten, the other guy, nine or less. Simple, huh? Every round is initially a 10-9 situation.

2. The Art of Awarding Points

Now you might think, what if both fighters give us a smashing round? Do they both get a ten? Well, not really. Judges like to pick a winner in each round, so tie scores are as rare as hen’s teeth. But the plot thickens when we see a fighter hit the canvas or break the rules.

3. The Cost of a Knockdown

Imagine the shockwave that ripples through the crowd when a boxer bites the dust. But what does it mean on the scorecard? Well, if you kiss the canvas, you usually lose an extra point, making the round a 10-8 affair. Two knockdowns? That’s likely a 10-7 round. But remember, it’s not just about who hits the floor, it’s also about who rules the round.

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4. The Price of Playing Dirty

Can cheating clip your wings? You bet it can! The referee can dock points for various naughty behaviors like below-the-belt hits, headbutts, or excessive holding. If a boxer acts up too much, they could even face disqualification.

5. The Subjectivity of Boxing Scoring

Have you ever thrown your popcorn at the TV screen because of a judge’s decision? Well, that’s the beauty (or beast) of boxing scoring – it’s super subjective. Judges consider aspects like clean punching, effective aggression, ring control, and defense.

6. Three Judges, Three Views

Ever noticed three folks sitting at different sides of the ring? Each judge gets a unique viewpoint, and their scores can diverge quite a bit. This variety in perspectives makes boxing scoring a thrilling, unpredictable rollercoaster.