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Every boxer and boxing fan is familiar with “Ding! Ding! Ding! Round 1.” This is a cry that proclaims the start of the first round in a boxing match, but how long is a boxing round?
The length of a boxing round will depend on the caliber or class of the match. An amateur match will have a different time from a professional match, which will also differ from an Olympic match. The length of a round will also be determined by the age group; a junior match will have a different length than that of a senior match.
Professional Boxing Rounds
In the early 20th Century, Professional boxing, also known as prize fighting started and soon became a legitimate sport. By becoming legitimate, certain rules were developed and they evolved with time, into what we know as pro fighting today. The bouts, or rounds are the longest and the fighters go for 12 rounds. History has recorded fights that have lasted 110 rounds, but the standard number is 12. Although 12 is the maximum number of rounds that they can go for, there are fights which have four, six, eight and ten rounds. It all depends on the promoters of each match.
From the 1920s to the 1980s, professional title matches would go for 15 rounds, but this was changed in November 1982, when a WBA Lightweight title fight between Ray Mancini and Duk Koo Kim; the match ended up with the death of the latter. 3 months after this, the WBA changed the title fight rounds from 15 to 12.
Each of the rounds lasts for 3 minutes, during which the boxers go at each other with all that they have, and then they rest for a minute before they go into the next round.
Amateur Boxing Rounds
Amateur boxing is a type of boxing that is practiced at Olympics Commonwealth games, Pan American games and many other organizations. The fact that the term amateur is used does not mean that the boxers are amateurs in any way. The boxers in this category are just as capable as those who fight in the pros. Scoring in amateur boxing is not based on power and knockouts, but on the points garnered from the number of clean punches landed. The only difference is that there is no prize money in amateur boxing.
In amateur boxing, a lot of care is taken when it comes to the protection of the boxers. In the past, both men and women had to wear protective headgear but the rule was removed for men in March 2016. The AIBA found that the headgear actually increased the concussion rate in men.
A round in amateur boxing lasts for three minutes for men and two minutes for women. The fill distance, or the length of the whole fight is three rounds for men and four rounds for women. This has been the standard since 1st January 2009.
Youth Boxing Rounds
Youth Boxing is something that many people do not think of, but it is a vibrant part of the boxing world. This is the boxing where people just box for clubs and do not get onto the national or international light. Youth boxing has boxers who are in their 30s, so it does not mean that it is only for those in their early teens or less.
Youth boxing bout lengths go with their age groups and here they are:
- Bantam (8 to 10 years old) – three rounds of 1 minute each and a minute to rest.• Junior (11 to 12 years old) – three rounds of 1 minute each and a minute to rest.
- Intermediate (13 to 14 years old) – three rounds of 1.5 minutes each and a minute to rest.
- Senior Junior Olympic (15 to 16b years old) – three rounds of 2 minutes each with a minute of rest.
- Sub Novice (17 to 34 years old) – three rounds of 2 minutes each with a minute of rest.
- Novice (17 to 34 years old) – 10 rounds of 2 minutes each with a minute of rest.
- Open (17 to 34 years old) – more than 10 rounds of 2 minutes each with a minute of rest.
- Master Class (35 years and over) – More than 10 rounds of 3 minutes each with a minute of rest.
The length of a boxing round depends on the type of boxing. Professional boxing is the most grueling and does not have very stringent rules. Amateur boxing follows some strict rules on where people should hit, and how they should behave. Youth boxing is the most regulated type of boxing. The number of rounds in each match tells the story very well.