Boxing is a type of combat sport in which two competitors throw punches at each other. Originally the main goal of boxing was to knock the opponent unconscious, nowadays the winner can be determined by points awarded throughout the fight. There are two forms of boxing: amateur boxing and professional.
Amateur boxing can be seen in the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, and in the collegiate level. It has a scoring system that will measure the number of clean blows landed by the boxer rather than the physical damage. The boxers are required to wear headgear and gloves, and the gloves should have white strip or circle across the knuckle, this will make the judges score easier.
Professional boxing bouts are longer than amateur boxing. In professional boxing, the boxers cannot wear headgear. The boxers are allowed to take more damage before a fight is stopped. The referee can stop the match any time if he thinks that the other boxer cannot defend himself anymore.
- Bare-Knuckle Boxing — two individuals participate to fight against each other without using boxing gloves or any other type of padding on their hands.
- Slapboxing — like boxing, but using open handed slaps instead of punching with the fist.
- Karate — a martial art developed in Japan that uses punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes, and some open-hand techniques.
- Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) — a full-contact individual combat sport that includes aspects of several other combat sports and martial arts.
- Drunken Boxing or Drunkard's Boxing, Zui Quan — a concept in traditional Chinese martial arts, as well as a classification of modern Wushu forms.
- Kickboxing — a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching.
- Slap Fighting — competitors take turns slapping each other until one is knocked out or quits.
- Horseback Boxing — competitors fight each other while riding on the back of a horse. (unusual historical sport)
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