Boxing is the most popular combat sport today. Boxing is still popular in two forms of competition: amateur boxing and professional boxing. A must-have for a boxer is boxing gloves. Boxing gloves must be worn by every athlete, whether competing in professional or amateur boxing, in addition to helmets, mouthguards, gym shorts, and crotch protection.
The levels of the boxing match categories are based on body weight. Boxing is called "the sport of the brave." As early as ancient Greek and Roman times, many records of boxing existed. By the third modern Summer Olympics in St. Louis, men's boxing was officially included in the competition.
Whether you have watched a professional or amateur boxing match, the most important thing is to be familiar with the relevant rules before watching a match. Because there is no unified world professional boxing management organization, each country or even region has its own set of rules, and the boxing ring size is also different. The following post will introduce the general boxing ring dimensions you should know.
Boxing Ring Size Guide
The boxing ring varies in size depending on the type of competition and the governing body involved in each case. Boxing ring sizes are different even within the same type or level of boxing. Boxing rings today are square; typical ring sizes range from 16 feet by 16 feet square to 24 feet by 24 feet square. There are 5 to 7 cm thick and 20 cm wide soft pads on the four corners. Each boxer and his team are located on the opposite corner: the blue or red corner of the boxing ring. The other two corners are placed with soft pads, which are neutral corners.
Generally, a neutral zone is set up around the ring for jurors and judges. The arbitration bench faces the boxing ring, and generally, five referees are arranged in four different positions under the boxing ring. The distance between the referee's bench and the boxing ring shall be one meter, and between the spectator's stand and the referee shall be at least two meters.
Dimensions of Boxing Ring
The boxing ring size for different boxing matches shall not exceed 6.1 meters square. The inner ring for a general competition can be between 4.9 and 6.1 meters square, depending on the specific situation. A standard boxing ring with a 6.1 meters (20 feet) interior space has an overall area of 60.9 square meters (655 square feet). There will be an 85 cm space outside the ropes to prevent the boxer from falling off the ring.
|7.8 x 7.8 m (25'7" x 25'7")
|6.1 x 6.1 m (20' x 20')
|85 cm (33.5')
- The dimensions of the Olympic boxing rings are based on the regulations of the International Amateur Boxing Association. In this context, the stipulated size for the international competition is 6 meters by 6 meters square.
- There are three ropes around the boxing ring; each rope is 40 cm, 80 cm, and 130 cm from the bottom to the top of the boxing ring. Each rope is wrapped in a soft, smooth material that prevents athletes from chafing.
Other Boxing Rulers
- The competition level is divided according to weight. There are 11 weight classes in amateur boxing matches and 17 weight classes in professional boxing matches. World Junior Amateur Boxing is divided into three levels.
- Amateur boxing matches implement a five-round system; each round is played for two minutes, with a one-minute rest between rounds; professional boxing matches generally implement a ten-to-twelve-round system, with a one-minute rest between rounds.
- The 10-point system is the standard system for scoring boxing matches.
- The front and side of the opponent's head and the front and side of the body above the navel are the scoring areas for punches. It is forbidden to hit the opponent under the belt or the back of the head.
- A K.O. occurs when a fighter cannot stand up and resume the fight within 10 seconds of the official referee's time after being knocked down. If a boxer is kicked out of the ring, he should return to the ring within 20 seconds without help from anyone.
There are five internationally recognized professional boxing organizations in the world: World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Council (WBC), International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Organization (WBO), and World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF). And AIBA, an international amateur boxing organization. They conduct unified and effective management and supervision of professional boxing worldwide, and each organization formulates its own independent rules and regulations. Each professional boxing organization has a total of 17 competition levels, and each has its own world champions of various levels.