Olympic Style Boxing


Objective and Scoring. The old adage, "Hit and don't be hit" is boxing's second golden rule and it always applies, regardless of rank or pedigree. Of course, "Protect yourself at all times," is the first. However, the criteria for how punches are scored are entirely different, Olympic/amateur vs pro. Computer scoring was introduced to the Olympics in 1992. Five judges use an electronic counter to keep track of the number of legal scoring blows by each boxer. One device is used for each boxer. At the end of the round, the number of scoring punches is added up and at the end of the bout the boxer who scored the most legal punches is declared the winner. Hence, in the Olympics, a fighter can lose two close rounds but still win the bout by dominating one

Also, a scoring blow in Olympics/ amateur boxing must land directly with the knuckle part of the closed glove on the front or side of the opponent's head or body and must also be above the belt. In addition, in the Olympics/amateur ranks, a soft right jab that lands cleanly is worth every bit as much as a pulverizing left hook. Amateur fighters aren't given any additional credit for hard-punching, knockdowns, effective aggression or for staggering or wobbling an opponent. Simply put, landing more clean punches than your opponent over the course of three rounds should make you the winner in the Olympics