A boxing match usually consists of a set number of three-minute rounds, for a total of up to 12 rounds. The fight is controlled by a referee who works with the boxers in the ring to judge and control the conduct of the fighters. There are normally three judges present at the side of the ring to score the bout and award points to the boxers, based on punches, defense and knockdowns. Boxers are assigned a corner of the ring, where their trainer can handle them at the start of the fight and between rounds.
The fights are won by the boxers normally by points awarded by the judges, but the fights can also end in split decisions and draws. A boxer can win the fight before a decision is made by a knockout, i.e. when a boxer is knocked out during the fight and the referee starts to count and the referee counts to at ten, the stunned boxer is excluded as stunned. A boxer can also win a fight by technical KO, that is, when a boxer is judged by the referee to be unable to continue fighting safely, due to injuries or to be judged incapable of. defend themselves effectively. When one boxer is knocked down, the other boxer must immediately stop fighting and move to the neutral corner closest to the ring until the referee has knocked out or requested the fight to continue. .
While in the ring, boxers are prohibited from hitting below the belt, holding, tripping, pushing, biting, spitting or fighting their opponent. They are also prohibited from kicking, hitting their heads or hitting with any part of the arm other than the knuckles. If a boxer breaks these rules then they can be declared as fouls by the referee, who can issue warnings, deduct points or disqualify an offending boxer, which can result in an automatic loss depending on the seriousness of the foul. committed.