If they get two knockdowns, the score will be 10-7. With three knockdowns, a variety of different things may occur, making it more than simply a points concern. If each boxer earns one knockdown, the round is called 8-8. A knockdown immediately results in a two-point advantage. If the boxers continue fighting after being warned by the referee, then the round will be considered 10-6 or 9-7 depending on how many times they have been knocked down.
There are 12 major boxing categories, divided into weight classes. For example, men can fight as heavyweights (over 200 pounds), lightweights (under 175 pounds), superfeatherweights (under 130 pounds), and bantamweights (under 115 pounds). Within these classifications, fighters can also be grouped by size. For example, there can be small, medium-, and large-size boxes.
Each category has a different number of rounds, from six to twelve. A fighter can win by knocking out his opponent or forcing him to give up. However, if the fight goes the full distance, the winner is determined by the number of knockdowns received.
In a ten-round bout, each man gets two knockdowns to determine a winner. In a title match or bout for major prestige, however, both men often take many more blows than this and are likely to receive multiple knockdowns during the course of the fight.
Ten points The judges will each give the fighters a score, and the boxer who throws the most punches will receive ten points. If a knockdown did not occur during the round, the opponent was expected to get nine points, whereas if he was knocked down, he was likely to receive eight points. The winner of the round is determined by the boxer who scores more points.
Seven points A knockout. This means that the victim is out for the count. A referee will stop the fight when either fighter is knocked down. He can also call a halt to the action if he feels that one fighter is giving up. Sometimes they cry "uncle" before they go down.
Six points An official judge's decision (UD). These are given when there is no clear winner after three rounds have been fought. Each of the three judges rates the fights on a scale of zero to ten and adds up the total. If the judges' scores are all between six and ten, they may decide to award a sixth point in order to make one fighter fall below the required number of points to win the round. For example, if one fighter is ahead by seven points after three rounds, they might be awarded an extra point to make it even at four apiece. This would mean that neither fighter had won any of the rounds yet they would both still advance to the next stage of the competition.
Despite the fact that two judges disagreed with the third in the third round, each was accurate based on their philosophy and judgment. The knockdown rules are not predicated on the assumption that the fighter who achieves the knockdown is automatically awarded a 10-8. Judges can reach different conclusions based on their interpretation of the rules.
In addition, it should be noted that while all three judges saw the fight as a 3-3 tie, only two of them were required to score it that way by rule. If one judge had scored the fight differently than the other two, the result could have been very different.
Finally, it's important to remember that boxing is a sport where anything can happen in an instant. A knockdown is just one example of this; so too might be a knockout. A knockdown can be caused by a punch to the head which does not cause any apparent injury, but merely forces the opponent to the mat in pain. A knockout on the other hand requires sufficient force to cause death. It is therefore possible (even likely) that someone could be knocked down but not go out. They might be able to get up at any time but wait until there is enough space under the rules to do so legally. This would constitute a technical draw.
A boxer loses a point if he gets knocked down. A boxer loses two points if he gets knocked down twice. If both boxers are knocked down, the knockdowns cancel out. So there is no score at this point.
In professional boxing, a fighter can lose up to 10 points in a single round. If the opponent knocks the boxer down more than ten times, then the fight is over and the winner is determined by the number of rounds that were fought. In amateur boxing, any amount of consecutive knockdowns ends the bout immediately.
A fighter wins a point if his opponent misses a punch intentionally. If his opponent misses unintentionally, it does not win or lose a point.
So in order for a knockout to occur, a boxer needs to have at least one point at the end of the third round. If he doesn't, the fight will go on until one of them is unable to continue.
There are several ways for a boxer to win a point. He can throw a punch straight into his opponent's face (known as a "power shot") or he can shoot out a foot to trip his opponent. If he uses either method to win a point, he has earned a free shot. The referee will call time if his eye is injured seriously enough to cause him to stop fighting.
A knockdown happens when a fighter, after being hit, contacts the ring floor with any part of his body other than his feet, yet is able to get back up and continue fighting. A knockdown causes the referee to count (usually to ten); if the boxer fails the count, the bout is declared a KO. The referee may stop the fight due to excessive blood loss if the boxer fails to recover before the end of the round. A knockdown can be caused by many factors such as hard punches to the head, body, and legs. Generally, more severe injuries to the head and body require medical attention after the fight. However, serious injuries to the legs may not be apparent until later.
Knockdowns can be classified as "clean" or "illegal". An illegal blow is one that violates some rule of boxing or has seriously injured your opponent. In this case, you will receive a penalty shot (described below). A clean knockdown, on the other hand, is one that does not include an illegal punch but rather results from an effective attack by your opponent. In this case, you will also receive a penalty shot, but it will be at the end of the round instead of during it.
If you are hit in the head with a foot or leg strike and fall to the ground, you are in danger of suffering a concussion. Your coach or trainer should take care of these wounds first, unless there is a need to immediately help your opponent.
A boxer must be ruled knocked out if he gets knocked down three times in the same round, according to a rule. According to the Referee Rules and Guidelines of the Association of Boxing Commissions, "the three (3) knockdown rule is not in effect."
However, many boxing promoters have adopted their own versions of this rule. For example, some promoters may require their boxers to remain on their feet after being dropped twice in order to win by technical knockout. Others may require their boxers to go to the canvas at least once every round in order to win by technical knockout.
The official rules of the International Boxing Organization state that "a fighter who has been knocked down twice in the same round has automatically lost that round" - meaning that he has no way of winning it later in the round. However, since this rule was added to the IBO's regulations, most major championships have excluded it from their tournaments.