A Complete Guide to Olympic Boxing Rounds for Championship

The Olympics take place once every 4 years, and athletes use these periods to perfect their performance for the career-defining medals. The 2020 Olympics were supposed to take place in Tokyo but due to the global pandemic, they were kept on hold for 2021. This much-awaited event is watched by over a million people around the world, and it includes almost every type of sport one can think of. After the 2016 Olympics, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) decided to add skateboarding, surfing, baseball/softball, karate and sports climbing into the list as well. Boxing has been part of the Olympics since 1912; rightly so, because the sport isn’t all bloodlust. It has ancient beginnings and a rich history to boot.

Olympic Boxing Qualification

The 2021 Tokyo boxing category has hosted over 200 boxers of various nationalities. This is the same number as the Rio games in 2016. However, a notable difference is the increase in the number of women’s weight classes from 3 to 5. More female fighters have also choosing to compete: 100 up as compared to the 36 women boxers who competed in Rio in 2016.

Out of the set 286 spots, 6 spots are revers for the host nation Japan (4 men and 2 women). Eight other places were further reserved for the Tripartite Invitation commission, thus seeing a total of 272 spots being placed for the boxing category (177 men, 95 women). 

How Many Rounds In Olympic Boxing?

 The Olympics boxing tournament has 3 rounds for both men and women. This is unlike traditional boxing tournaments which are usually 12 rounds long. The boxers fight in pre-elimination rounds where the winner proceeds to the next round and the loser drops out of the tournament. In this way the boxers fight until they reach the quarter finals. After this come the semi-finals: this is the stage where the bronze medals are giving. Finally, the finals are where the winners of the gold and silver medals respectively decides.

How long are boxing rounds?

The 3-round boxing matches consist of 3 minute rounds, with a minute-long interval to rest after every round. Contestants win either by delivering a full-fledged knockout or through the 10 point system introduced in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Before 2016, the rules were based solely on the number of hits received and given by a boxer or by a direct knockout. The score decides by a panel of 5 judges. Who would tally the total points at the end of the match to decide who won. Now, it is deciding by a 10 point system, in which each judge awards 10 points to the boxer who they deem lands the most blows in critical areas, 15 seconds before the boxing round timer hits the bell. If there are any disagreements between the judges the decision is splits.

Rules of the ring     

Like every other tournament, there are some strict rules to be follow by the players. Any transgressions will result in a warning or even immediate elimination. One of the main rules are to not hit below the belt. Not hit the opponent behind the head or neck. Not fight without wearing boxing gloves, and respecting the referee’s decision when he or she stops the fight and intervenes. Disobeying the referee’s decision, bad mouthing them or even breaking the rules after three warnings can result in immediate disqualification and a heavy penalty. After being critically hitting, boxers tend to fall.

The moment the boxer is down or uses the boxing rings ropes for support they are consider down and the referee starts counting till 10. If the boxer is unable to stand up and fight the match is over and the winner is decide. If the boxer gets up but the referee or medical staff see them as unfit to continue the fight. The match ends and the opponent granted victory.

Olympic behaviour

 Certain codes of behaviour are understood for Olympic boxing matches. For example, a referee’s decision to pull a  boxer out of a match due to damage to their health to be follows without argument. Internal injuries can be a matter of life or death: they need to be address the second they take place. Some other customs include boxers having to shake hands before and after a fight. Further, boxers must wear gloves up to AIB standards for safety for themselves and their opponents. Finally, there is also a strict age cut-off. The minimum age for Olympic boxing is 19 and maximum age is 34.

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