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A Father's Day Gift - Boxing

Updated on August 30, 2012

Learning the Rules of Boxing

My father loved to watch boxing. If there was a match that he was going to miss, he would record it. He loved having a family member watch boxing with him. I tried my best to sit there and watch the matches, but I don't know what 's going on. He would talk to me and I would try to say something that would sound intelligent, but it was very hard.

So i thought that a nice gift for my father would be to learn the rules of boxing. In 1867, a guy named John Chambers drafted a set of rules for boxing. They were published by the Marquees of Queensberry and are known as the Queensberry rules of boxing.

Image: The Marquess of Queensbury from Wikipedia Commons

Just Out of Curiosity, What Do You Think of Boxing - Is it a decent sport?

I don't know. I never really wanted to learn about (or watch) boxing because I didn't like it. It seems so violent to me. Even after learning more about it, I still don't like boxing. What do you think?

Is boxing a violent sport?

The Rules of Boxing - As defined by the Marquess of Queensberry

Modern rules are directed towards things you can't do including no hitting below the belt, hold, trip, kick, headbutt, wrestle, bite, spit on or push the other boxer. You can't hit with your head, shoulder,forearm or shoulder, open glove, inside of your glove, wrist, backhand, or side of the hand. You can't hit the other boxer's back, back of his head or neck, or kidneys. And the list goes on as to what you can't do.

But in the beginning there were the Queensberry rules, that defined the sport of boxing, how it was done and decided.

The rules of boxing according to the Marquess of Queensberry are as follows:;

  1. A fair stand-up boxing match is held in a 24-foot ring - or as close to that size as possible.
  2. Wrestling and hugging are prohibited, but clinching is allowed.
  3. Each round is three minutes long with a minute between each round.
  4. If either boxer falls, he must get up without any help within 10 seconds. The other boxer must return to his corner. When the boxer who felli stands up, the round continues until the end of the three minutes If the boxer who fell cannot get up within 10 seconds, then the referee can declare the other boxer the winner of the match.
  5. When a boxer is dangling off the ropes, he is considered down.
  6. No one other than the boxers are allowed in the ring during the rounds.
  7. If the match is stopped by some unavoidable reason, the referee names the time and place to continue the match as soon as possible so the that the match can be finished unless the backers decide on a draw.
  8. The gloves are to be new, fair-sized, and of the best quality.
  9. If the glove breaks or comes off, it must be replaced to the referee's satisfaction.
  10. If a boxer who is on one knee is struck, he can be declared the winner.
  11. Shoes or boots with spikes are not allowed.
  12. The match is governed by the latest local jurisdiction's Boxing Prize Ring Rules

Scoring in Boxing - Very confusing to me

I think that scoring a boxing match is ambiguous and not clear. In baseball, football, and other sports like that, it is very clear. But in boxing, it is left to three judges to decide the points and final outcome. Each boxer can win up to 20 points each round.

  1. Each judge determines if a boxer has out-boxed his opponent. The "better" boxer gets 10 points and the other boxer 9 points
  2. If boxer A knocks down boxer B, then boxer A gets 10 points and boxer B gets 8 points.
  3. If a judge feels that neither boxer did better than his opponent, then each boxer gets 10 points.
  4. If a referee penalizes a boxer for making illegal punches (like below the belt), then the referee tells each judge to deduct a point for that boxer for that round.
  5. The referee collects each boxer's scoring card from each judge and gives it to the ringside commissioner. At the end of the match, the points for each boxer is totalled and a winner (or draw) is announced.
  6. A unanimous decision is when all judges score for one boxer over the other.
  7. If two judges score for one boxer and the other judge scores a draw for his opponent, then it is called a majority decision for the higher scoring boxer.
  8. If two judges score for one boxer and the other judge scores for his opponent,, then it is called a split decision for the higher scoring boxer.
  9. If all judges score a draw, then it is a draw by unanimous decision.
  10. If two judges score a draw and the other judge scores for either boxer, the it is called a majority draw.

The Best Boxing Match Videos - Something he can enjoy over and over again

My father loved to watch his favorite boxing matches more than just once., so getting him pre-recorded boxing matches is another good gift idea.

I Shook Up the World - Clay vs. Liston 1964 [VHS]
I Shook Up the World - Clay vs. Liston 1964 [VHS]

One of the best fights in boxing history. I remember this fight and the hoppla that went with it.

ESPN Classic Ringside: Top 10 Heavyweights
ESPN Classic Ringside: Top 10 Heavyweights

Classic fights starting from 1915

Muhammad Ali - The Greatest Collection
Muhammad Ali - The Greatest Collection

Contains 3 of Ali's greatest fights.

Thrilla in Manila
Thrilla in Manila

The best fight between Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier.


I don't know of anyone who comes into work and says - "Hey, did you see that boxing match last night?" No. everyone talks about baseball, basketball and football. Maybe some soccer. But never boxing - at least not like when Cassius Clay/Muhammed Ali was first making a name for himself.

Do You Watch Boxing Matches? - And are there any great boxers anymore?

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      EjDjMauricio 5 years ago

      Boxing reminds me of my grandfather. He liked to watch it.

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      luckyeinstein 5 years ago

      I'd say this is a unique gift.

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      dlparkerj 5 years ago

      I love to watch boxing. There are lots of great matches. Manny Pacquiao is my favorite boxer right now. His matches are very exciting.