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Safety Improvements in Boxing Over The Years
Head gear used in boxing
The Sweet Science
The sweet science has been around for a long time. In 1892, The Marquis of Queensbury rules were introduced and they set the standard for boxing. Gloves and handwraps were introduced as well as the standing eight count in later rule updates. The biggest rule in boxing and it has to do with fighter safety, is to protect yourself at all times. Many boxers have ignored this golden rule and been knocked out because of it. Boxing can be very dangerous especially if the rules are not strictly enforced. Never be fooled into believing boxing will ever be injury free. Like Mike Tyson likes to say. We are in the hurt business.
Referrees and Doctors are responsible for ensuring boxer safety but, the boxer must protect himself first and foremost on their own. Doctors always as boxer closely between each round to make sure that the boxer can still continue to fight. If the doctor does not feel the boxer can continue, he will advise the trainer and referee to stop the fight. Originally, boxers had no gloves to choose from and they fought bare knuckle style which resulted in constant broken hands, wrists and fingers. When boxing started, rounds only ended when a knockdown occured. Of course, times have changed as boxing has three minute rounds with a minute rest in between each round. Rounds in professional boxing are four, six, eight or ten. Championship bouts or high profile bouts are scheduled for twelve rounds. Referee's have a tough job because their calls can effect the outcome of a bout and more importantly fighter safety.
Prize fighting used to have one judge decide the winner of the match and the judge was the referee. That was a bad scenario because, the referee could not control the fight, score the fight and ensure fighter saftety all at the same time. They next moved onto there judges and one of them was the referee. And of course nowadays they have three ringside judges.
Deaths in boxing have declined drastically over the past thirty years, due in part because of all the boxing commission taking action and requiring that fighters take more precautions to protect themselves and this is also to ensure that they will be able to live a life after fighting without such a possibilty of complications caused from fighting. All of the safety precautions that have been taken are in the best interest of the fighters involved.
An Enswell is used in the corner in between rounds to try to reduce swelling around a boxer's eye. It is a piece of steel that is frozen solid and it does a much better job at reducing swollen eyes than an ice pack.
Professional Boxing Reduces Rounds
*Boxing rounds reduced from fifteen to twelve:
When boxing first began the championship fights/bouts used to be twenty rounds or more but, as rules developed and the fighters were getting hurt more severely and some of them were even dying in the ring, they changed them to fifteen. In the mid 1980's, the rules changes again and the rounds were dropped to where they are today. Fighters now go the distance of twelve rounds unless, of course, the fight gets stopped before that time or there is a knockout. This reduction in fighting is to try to cut down on ring deaths.
The 1982 fight between Duk Koo Kim vs Ray Mancini is a bout I will never forget. With the steady beating, in the 14th round, Duk Koo Kim fell to the floor of the ring wasn't moving. Fights then were still on the major networks with children and teens watching. The fight was so brutal and tragic that boxing was banned from being seen on the regular TV networks.
On a happier note, the major TV networks are starting to show boxing again and hopefully they will continue to host and broadcast the fights.
Boxing Head Gear
Boxing Head Gear: Head Gear is used in amatuer boxing and in sparring. It has never been proven whether or not it helps prevent brain damage but, it helps to prevent cuts around the eyes that is for sure. Not to mention swelling or facial damage such as a broken orbital bone.
Safety Equipment For Boxers
MouthGuards Are Vital For Boxer Protection
Which is The Best Improvement?
Which has helped protect boxers the most?
Mouth Piece: Mouth Guards are used to help prevent a boxers teeth from getting dislodged and also to help prevent a broken jaw. They have gotten even better over the years. Now they actually make custom fitted guards for the fighter's mouth.
Keep Your Punches Up!
Rib Protectors and Cups
Rib Protectors: Rib protectors are not allowed in the amatuers or the professional ranks but they can be used during sparring. They help protect the body from getting hurt namely the ribs.
Groin Protectors/Cups: Cups are used and should be used anytime two people share the ring. Cups help protect against low belows or punches below the belt line.
Safety Equipment Used in Boxing
HandWraps are Required in Competition
Boxing Head Gear on Amazon
Protect The Hands!
Handwraps: Handwraps are vital for sparring, competition or even when hitting the bags. Wraps help protect the hands, knuckles and wrist. Always use handwraps when participating in prizefighting.
Gloves: Boxing gloves were first invented to help prevent boxers from breaking their hands. Originally boxing was fought bare knuckle style. Further improvements have come along such as larger sized gloves and also attached thumb gloves.
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Headgear is Used for Sparring
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