Boxing has a long history that unofficially dates back to the start of human civilization. Some of the earliest proof of boxing, as a sport, goes back to ancient times during the Olympics and Gladiator games.

The earliest days of boxing had no rules, and the match often ended in death. It wasn’t until the 18th century that boxing became more “civilized” and had some rules added to it to keep boxers alive and the fight fairer (thanks to Brit John Broughton).

Whether you’re a novice fan of the sport or you’re in the early stages of your training, how well do you know the sport of boxing?

The Object Of The Game

On the surface, boxing is one of the most simplistic sports on the planet and many people who don’t like boxing or don’t “get” it might think, “There’s an object to it?” Like all sports, there is, in fact, an object to the sport of boxing.

Thankfully death is not the preferred outcome of boxing anymore, but it all comes down to having a powerful punch and avoiding being knocked out.


Boxing is simple in the sense that there is virtually little to no equipment needed. Today, you definitely want to take advantage of the equipment that’s available, but it’s still far less than other sports.

A boxing ring is a 16 to 25-foot square, and the posts are about five feet tall (from the base of the ring). Boxing rings typically sit about four feet off the ground, and there are usually three to four ropes that attach to each post and “fence” in the boxers.

Although the earliest boxers used to fight bare-handed, today’s boxers protect their hands with gloves (they weigh between 12 and 16 ounces). Some boxers wear headgear to keep their heads better protected, and boxing shoes (that look similar to wrestling shoes) provide ankle support.


The earliest boxers may have fought someone twice their size (in height or weight), and the unfair advantage was responsible for injuries and fatalities. Modern boxing ensures that boxers are similar in weight and physical size to make sure the fight is fairer.

While you might get paired up with someone out of your league during your training sessions, you should also fight someone in your class during a boxing match.

Keeping Score

Each match is typically 12 three-minute rounds and a panel of three judges, who sit ringside, are responsible for determining the winner of each round. A fight may be shortened if a boxer is knocked out (TKO) or doesn’t want to continue. Split decisions from the judges usually result in a draw.

Some Important Rules Of Boxing

How well do you know the rules of boxing? Do you know the following?

  • An opponent cannot be hit when they are down
  • Ropes around the ring should not be used as leverage
  • Never strike below the belt, in the kidneys, or the back of head or neck
  • Closed first punches are only allowed

Want to test your knowledge and learn more? Get in the ring and fight.