All fighters have primary skills with which they feel most comfortable, but truly elite fighters are often able to incorporate auxiliary styles when presented with a particular challenge. For example, an out-fighter will sometimes plant his feet and counter punch, or a slugger may have the stamina to pressure fight with his power punches. A brawler’s most important assets are power and chin (the ability to absorb punishment while remaining able to continue boxing). This style of boxing was also used by fictional boxers Rocky Balboa and James “Clubber” Lang. Should the referee count to ten, then the knocked-down boxer is ruled “knocked out” (whether unconscious or not) and the other boxer is ruled the winner by knockout (KO).

Most classic boxers, such as Muhammad Ali, enjoyed their best successes against sluggers. A famous example of this type of match-up advantage would be George Foreman’s knockout victory over Joe Frazier in their original bout “The Sunshine Showdown”. A brawler is a fighter who generally lacks finesse and footwork in the ring, but makes up for it through sheer punching power. Many brawlers tend to lack mobility, preferring a less mobile, more stable platform and have difficulty pursuing fighters who are fast on their feet. They may also have a tendency to ignore combination punching in favor of continuous beat-downs with one hand and by throwing slower, more powerful single punches (such as hooks and uppercuts).

Amateur boxing has a point scoring system that measures the number of clean blows landed rather than physical damage. Bouts consist of three rounds of three minutes in the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, and three rounds of three minutes in a national ABA (Amateur Boxing Association) bout, each with a one-minute interval between rounds. Throughout the 17th to 19th centuries, boxing bouts were motivated by money, as the fighters competed for prize money, promoters controlled the gate, and spectators bet on the result. Amateur boxing is both an Olympic and Commonwealth Games sport and is a standard fixture in most international games—it also has its world championships.

There were twelve rules in all, and they specified that fights should be “a fair stand-up boxing match” in a 24-foot-square or similar ring. Each fighter was given a ten-second count if he was knocked down, and wrestling was banned. The introduction of gloves of “fair-size” also changed the nature of the bouts. An average pair of boxing gloves resembles a bloated pair of mittens and are laced up around the wrists.[32]
The gloves can be used to block an opponent’s blows. As a result of their introduction, bouts became longer and more strategic with greater importance attached to defensive maneuvers such as slipping, bobbing, countering and angling.

Fury is unquestionably the top heavyweight of his generation, an all-time great whose tremendous frame belied his nimble feet. There’s also UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, who was in the ring with Fury to celebrate Saturday’s win. “SugarHill Steward, he made me a great fighter,” said Fury, who has scored three consecutive stoppages since a decision win over Otto Wallin in 2019. If you believe the heavyweight champion, it was the final fight of his Hall of Fame career. Teofimo Lopez (19-1, 13 KOs) will defend his WBO junior welterweight world title against Jamaine Ortiz (17-1-1, 8 KOs) on Thursday, February 8 on ESPN from the Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Smith dropped Velazquez in round one, then staggered Velazquez in round two and rocked him again in round three.


Their slowness and predictable punching pattern (single punches with obvious leads) often leaves them open to counter punches, so successful brawlers must be able to absorb a substantial amount of punishment. However, not all brawler/slugger fighters are not mobile; some can move around and switch styles if needed but still have the brawler/slugger style such as Wilfredo Gómez, Prince Naseem Hamed and Danny García. Although the term boxing is commonly attributed to Western boxing, in which only fists are involved, it has developed in different ways in different geographical areas and cultures of the World.

  • Parker leads six rounds to none on our card and most of them have been fairly straightforward to decide.
  • Violations of these rules may be ruled “fouls” by the referee, who may issue warnings, deduct points, or disqualify an offending boxer, causing an automatic loss, depending on the seriousness and intentionality of the foul.
  • A clash of heads in round six resulted in Romero being cut over his left eyebrow.
  • If a lead left hook is thrown from this position, it will produce a powerful springing action in the lead leg and produce a more explosive punch.
  • This is not the first time the fight has been rescheduled, as it was pushed back from Dec. 23 to Feb. 17 to allow Fury more time to recover following a closer-than-expected bout against former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

A boxer wins a match either by outscoring the opponent—points can be tallied in several ways—or by rendering the opponent incapable of continuing the match. Bouts range from 3 to 12 rounds, each round normally lasting three minutes. 2023 was a fantastic year for boxing, with nearly every major fight fans have called for actually getting made.

A “technical knock-out” (TKO) is possible as well, and is ruled by the referee, fight doctor, or a fighter’s corner if a fighter is unable to safely continue to fight, based upon injuries or being judged unable to effectively defend themselves. Many jurisdictions and sanctioning agencies also have a “three-knockdown rule”, in which three knockdowns in a given round result in a TKO. This gives the referee the right to step in and administer a count of eight to a fighter that the referee feels may be in danger, even if no knockdown has taken place. After counting the referee will observe the fighter, and decide if the fighter is fit to continue.

Men about town and original mad lads Conor McGregor and Cristiano Ronaldo have taken their seats at ringside ahead of tonight’s action. Another straightforward round for Parker, who is two rounds from upsetting the apple cart. Wilder still very dangerous until the very last, but the finish line is well in sight and it’s quite clear that nothing but a knockout over the next six minutes will do.