The sport of professional boxing is more than not was inspired by sheer love for manly fights and the price. Thus, giving the proper term “prizefighting”.
Popularity with professional boxing stared back in 18th century England where then working classes were the very first avid fans and participants. It expanded on until boxing caught the attention of top-hatted gentlemen and royalty. Today, professional boxing bouts are held around the globe where champions are drafted from various countries.
Boxing Scoring system
In professional boxing, not like in the sport of amateur boxing, scoring points are awarded based on the 10-point must system. What This means is that the three ringside judges should award the maximum number of points to the boxer who displayed better exchanges during a round while the loser for each round only gets 9 points. The scores are tallied on scorecards which are totaled at the end of the fight. Although, this may be skipped in the event of a knockout (where one boxer receives a powerful blow and is not able to stand up before the referee count of 10) or when there is a TKO or technical knockout (where the bout is stopped by the referee due to various reasons).
Scores are given according to the cleanliness of thrown punches, the defensive tactics the boxer uses and the display of effective aggressiveness. As it is, this scoring system is subject to a lack of objectivity which more often than not gives rise to questionable results.
Ever knockdown deducts one point from the boxer who fell and penalties are given if the rules are infringed. On very serious violations, the fight can be stopped and the violator can be disqualified.
As was mentioned, scores are tallied at the end of the fight. If all of the judge’s scorecards agree, the winner gets awarded a”unanimous decision”. At times about could result in “split decision” when the winner only wins two scorecards. If the scores happen to be tied, the decision is to draw and it is still a draw if one judge picks a victor and the other two gave tied scores. But this time, it is called a “majority draw”.
In Professional boxing fights can go on for as long as 12 rounds of 3 minutes each and as short as 4 rounds for less experienced fighters. Although, prior to the year 1982, professional boxing matches could last for as long as 15 Rounds. With the unfortunate and accidental death of the boxer Duk Koo Kim during a 15-round fight with Ray Mancini forced professional boxing organizations to cut down the rounds to only 12 rounds.
Professional boxing has weight categories that can sometimes get confusing and for each weight, there could also be further subdivisions that add more categories of fighters and champions alike. Down below are listed the more common weight divisions in professional boxing:
Other weight divisions include Strawweight, Jr. Flyweight, Jr. Bantamweight, Jr. Featherweight, Jr. Lightweight, Jr. Welterweight, and Jr. Middleweight.
Champions and Belt Holders
In professional boxing there are many organizations like IBF, WBA and WBC and WBO, and due to the variety of these organizations, it is hard to determine which among the top ranking fighter and belt-holders are the champions. Currently, however, there is no one governing body that could really produce champions.
There are title holders, titlists and belt-holders and each sanctioning body, as they are often called, have different parameters for determining who the title holders are and who the mandatory challengers are.
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