Boxing Rules: The Referee

The Referee

The referee is responsible for implementing the boxing rules during a boxing match.

The role of the referee

Referees have the following duties:

Give instructions to both boxers before the start of the fight.
Decide when to start or stop a count when a boxer is down.
Decide when a foul is committed and whether to give a warning should or deduct points from a boxer.
Signal when the round is over.
Decide when a boxer’s health will be endangered  วิจารณ์มวย by more blows and thus, stops the fight.

In the early days of boxing, referees were involved in judging the fight, but over the years this duty has been progressively replaced by a panel of judges, with the exception for domestic fights in some countries.

Referee/ Timekeeper
Professional and amateur boxing matches are monitored by one referee who is the only person allowed inside the ring with the boxers during rounds. The duty of the referee is to ensure that both boxers fight by the rules, and if not then he can disqualify a boxer for serious violations of the rules, or deduct points for lesser violations. There are also judges that sit outside the ring and score the matches. In amateur matches there are five judges, and in professional matches there are two or three judges. A person known as the timekeeper is always present who signals a bell at the beginning and end of each round. Finally a physician is also required at sanctioned events.

Main Rules
There are some basic boxing rules and when a boxer breaks (it’s called foul) them then the referee gives a warning and then can deduct points for each foul and for many fouls the referee can get a boxer disqualified. Some main boxing rules are:

You cannot hit your opponent below the belt – or the belt line.
You cannot hit your opponent in the back of the head.
You cannot hit an opponent who is down.
You cannot hit an opponent who is on his knees, or even on one knee.
Kicking, tripping, holding, hitting an opponents eye with a thumb, wrestling, head butting, and hitting with the elbows, the forearm, or the inside of the glove is not allowed.

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