Boxing Scoring Rules

In boxing, the scoring is based on the 10-point must system. Here are the key rules for scoring in boxing:

  1. 10-Point Must System: The winner of each round receives 10 points, and the opponent usually receives a lower score, which can be 9 or fewer points.
  2. Dominance: The boxer who demonstrates more skill, effective aggression, defense, and overall control in a round is typically awarded 10 points for that round.
  3. Even Rounds: If the round is closely contested, both boxers may receive 10 points, resulting in a 10-10 round.
  4. Knockdowns: If a boxer scores a knockdown, the opponent usually loses a point, resulting in a 10-8 round for the boxer who scored the knockdown. If a boxer scores multiple knockdowns in a round, it may be scored as a 10-7 round.
  5. Point Deductions: Referees can deduct points for various rule violations, such as low blows, holding, or unsportsmanlike conduct. The score for the round will reflect the deduction, such as 10-9 if one point is deducted.
  6. Technical Knockout (TKO): If a boxer is unable to continue the fight due to injury or other reasons, the bout may be stopped, and the opposing boxer is usually declared the winner by TKO.
  7. Judges' Decision: If the fight goes the distance (all scheduled rounds are completed), the judges' scorecards determine the winner. The boxer with the higher total score across all judges is declared the winner.

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