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Amateur boxing emerged as a sport towards the end of the 1800s. ‘Bouts’ are shorter in duration than professional boxing bouts, and men’s contests consist of three, three minute rounds with one-minute interval between rounds. Women’s contests consist of four rounds of two minutes with one minute rest between.

Amateur Boxing made its first appearance as an Olympic sport at the 1904 St Louis Olympic Games in the United States, but due to short notice only American boxers took part! At the 1908 Games in London five British boxers took all the gold medals. In 1912 boxing was not contested at the Stockholm Olympics because it was banned as a sport under Swedish law.

Amateur boxing is a fantastic sport that focuses on technique, discipline, speed and skill. Boxers wear head guards and gloves and a point is scored when the knuckle part of the glove connects with the opponent’s target area.

A referee monitors the bout and ensures that only legal blows are scored and that holding doesn’t occur. Five judges sit around the ring and log scored points against each boxer, it is these scored points that will ultimately determine which boxer wins the contest.

The referee will stop the bout if a boxer is seriously injured, if one boxer is significantly dominating the other or if the score is severely imbalanced. Bouts which end this way may be noted as “RSC” (referee stopped contest) with notations for an outclassed opponent (RSCO), outscored opponent (RSCOS), injury (RCSI) or head injury (RSCH).