The length of a round of boxing is not set in stone; it varies by weight class. For example, the heavyweight division (over 200 pounds) has 12-round fights, while the super flyweight (115 pounds and under) and bantamweight (118 – 126 pounds) divisions fight for 10 rounds.
The International Boxing Association rules state that professional rounds last three minutes with a one-minute interval between each round and amateur boxing matches consist of two minute rounds with a 30-second break between rounds.
Also, the number of rounds may change depending on the type of match. An elimination match consists of as many as 7 or as few as 4 rounds, depending on how long it takes for one boxer to win via pinfall or if either boxer is knocked down 3 times. A non-title match only goes the distance if there is no clear winner after four rounds, while title fights last 12 full rounds.
If a fight lasts past the established number of rounds, the bout may be extended by one or two more rounds so that judges can use their own discretion to determine an outcome.
The referee determines when a round ends and often announces this loudly (“One minute!”) to avoid confusion during the final seconds of each round.
Any knockdowns that occur in extra time are counted at the end of regular time even though it counts as two minutes rather than three; e.g., if you’re losing on points and get knocked down in the third “minute” (three minutes of actual fighting time), the referee will count to ten and you’re out, even though it’s technically not the third round anymore.
To determine how many rounds there are in a fight, simply multiply the number of minutes by three. For example, if a match goes for six rounds (18 minutes), there are 18 x 3 = 54 total boxing rounds in that fight.
Professional Boxing Rounds
Typically, a boxing round is 3 minutes long or 4 minutes long with 1 minute of rest between rounds. However, the duration of each round can also depend on the weight class and/or sanctioning body. For example, in some WBC-sanctioned bouts, the first two rounds are 4 minutes long with 2 minutes of rest; then there are 5 rounds that are 3 minutes long with 1 minute of rest (between rounds).
However, if you’re watching an amateur bout, the duration will be different than professional boxing matches. Amateur match durations vary depending on age group and weight class:
-For ages 15-17 years old: 2 minute rounds with 30 second rest period
-Bantamweight (118 lb.): 3 minute rounds with 1 minute rest
-Light flyweight (108 lb.): 3 minute rounds with 1 minute rest
-Flyweight (106 lb.): 3 minute rounds with 1 minute rest
-Straw weight (102 lb.): 2 minute rounds with 30 second rest period
-Light welterweight (141 lb.): 3 minute rounds with 1 minute rest
-Welterweight (147 lb.): 3 minutes rounds and a 45 second break between each one.
Boxing Rounds: Amateur and Professional by Weight Class: * The first two punches thrown by either athlete in the final round must be thrown before the final ten seconds. This rule is standard across all sanctioned organizations under the WBC umbrella. If not, those punches will not count and the final round must be restarted.
Amateur Boxing Rounds
A boxing round is typically three minutes in duration. Since it isn’t always easy to keep time while standing in close proximity to the action, judges are assigned to each corner of the ring where they can observe how much time has elapsed between rounds. Upon conclusion of a fight, the referee will pick up their scorecard and indicate which fighter won each round. The judge will also indicate what he or she scored each round as and, if necessary, this information is used by the third person (usually a representative from each fighter’s camps) for discussion among members of both teams before deciding on an official winner.
As you might expect, there is quite a bit of strategy involved in boxing matches with all sorts of considerations including how many punches were landed by each fighter, how many times the other boxer was knocked to the mat, or even whether or not he or she managed to avoid being hit at all.
When it comes time for a championship fight (or any other event that is expected to last longer than five rounds), a fourth round may be added in certain cases and often it is decided that this will need an extra minute of fighting time with a slightly different set of rules. In general, a boxing match lasts anywhere from four to twelve three-minute rounds with some very rare exceptions where you have seen either two or fifteen rounds. Of course, if neither opponent has been knocked out after twelve full rounds of fighting, they are given the opportunity to battle on with another session until one of them has been beaten very badly and is unable to continue.
Boxing rounds can be measured in time, but experience counts for a lot when it comes to who the winners and losers are at the end of each bout . Not all boxers have the same amount of skill or stamina so judges must learn how to watch closely and compare notes before making a decision about who was most effective during the course of any given match up. There is no “official” criteria that determines what wins a boxing round because this would change dramatically depending on which boxer you were watching fight another one in the ring.
Generally, judges look for fighters who appear to be aggressive or who seem determined to crush their opponent with every blow they throw, but sometimes you will run across fighters who are content to wait for their opponent to tire himself or herself out. It is important to remember that boxing rounds aren’t always scored the same way by all judges because scoring tends to be subjective when it comes down to what happened in the ring between two fighting opponents .
A boxer’s performance during a match depends on quite a few things including his or her level of skill, how much experience he or she has fighting in different kinds of matches (like amateur and professional), and even how well conditioned they are at any given moment in time. This means that there is no one simple answer as to who wins each round because it can vary greatly depending upon whom you ask.
Although scoring can change from to judge, there are some general guidelines that most people who watch boxing matches tend to follow. For example, the more punches a fighter lands on his or her opponent and the harder each punch is, then the more points they get in a round. Fighters may also be rewarded for being able to dodge their opponents’ punches while still staying close enough to fight back if they have been given a longer reach.
Youth Boxing Rounds
When you watch a professional boxing match, you may wonder how many minutes are in a round. For amateur matches there is no fixed length for rounds; the duration of each round should be determined by mutual agreement between the boxer’s representatives (camp). Furthermore, such agreements should be written into the bout contract and signed prior to the fight.
There is often confusion concerning how many minutes are in a round of boxing and how long a professional boxing round lasts. A professional boxing match consists of three minute (3-minute) rounds with a one minute (1-minute) rest period between each round. This means every professional boxing match has four periods: 1st round, 2nd round, 3rd round, and 4th round.
For amateurs, a boxing match is divided into three rounds of one minute each for both men and women. In the Olympic Games, youth matches are four rounds of one minute duration with a one minute rest period between each round.
In all matches there must be an interval of at least 1 minutes between two consecutive rounds. Therefore, if a contest lasts more than 12 rounds it would contain 5 intervals or rest periods of 1-minute duration in addition to the 3 established by the rules for professional boxing matches.
The total length of a boxing match can vary from 4 to 12 rounds depending on its length. But how many minutes are in a round of boxing no matter what the length? You have already read that there are three minute rounds with a one minute rest period between each round in professional boxing, therefore you can easily calculate how many minutes are in a round by dividing the total number of rounds by three. For example, if the bout lasts 8 rounds there will be 2 three-minute rounds and two two-minute rounds.
The same rule applies for amateur matches except that each round is only 1 minute long. If an amateur match was scheduled to have six 3-minute rounds then you could expect it to last 18 minutes because 6 x 3 minutes = 18 minutes.
– It depends on the type of boxing. Professional boxing is the most grueling and does not have very stringent rules.
– Youth boxing is the most regulated type of boxing.
– The number of rounds in each match tells the story very well:
2 minute professional round
3 minute amateur round (you can hit anywhere, but not certain areas)
4 minute youth round (the only difference from an amateur round here is that you cannot be punished for hitting in certain areas)
5 minute Olympic round (there are no restrictions in terms of hitting at all, which means that it is generally used for very short periods because both opponents tend to go straight at each other and tire out quickly.) [ARTICLE END]