Amateur boxing bouts are shorter in duration than professional boxing bouts, and men’s rounds consist of three, three minute rounds with one-minute interval between rounds. Women’s rounds consist of four rounds of two minutes.

Unlike in professional boxing, amateur boxing is about technique, speed and skill rather than power. Boxers wear head guards and gloves with a white strip across the knuckle area and a point is scored when this white strip 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. 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.


If boxing bouts aren’t for you but you like the idea of the fitness needed to box then BOX could be for you. BOX is a new fitness experience devised by England Boxing coaches. Participants gain all-over body conditioning while learning the techniques used by Olympic boxers to succeed in the ring.

Find out more about “Box” and how you can become an official instructor by visiting the BOX website.

Find somewhere to get involved in boxing near you

Want to get involved in Boxing? Visit our Club & Activity Finder to find a session near you in Northumberland.

Useful links

The Amateur Boxing Association of England


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