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A Beginner’s Guide to Boxing


Find out everything you need to know about one of the most physically and mentally demanding sports around in our Beginner’s Guide to Boxing.

What’s It All About?

In Commonwealth Games boxing scoring points can be just as important as knockout blows. Points are awarded not only for quality blows on target but also technique, tactics, competitiveness and dominance. Quick and accurate footwork is vital, as well as excellent hand-eye coordination.

Five independent judges score the fight and decide the winner after the allotted number of rounds. The competition at Glasgow 2014 will follow a knockout format with the Gold medal awarded to the overall Men’s and Women’s winner in each weight category, the Silver going to their losing opponent in the Final and Bronze medals awarded to both losing semi-finalists.

In 2012, women’s boxing was included at an Olympic Games for the very first time. At Glasgow 2014, it will make its Commonwealth Games debut. Three weight categories will be contested – Flyweight (51kg),Lightweight (60kg) and Middleweight (75kg) and bouts will consist of four 2-minute rounds, rather than the three 3-minute rounds in the men’s competition.

Star of London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 Ambassador Nicola Adams is looking to make history again by becoming the first woman to win a Commonwealth Games Boxing Gold medal in the flyweight category.

Boxing Trivia

  • The home nations have historically performed well in boxing, with Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland all boasting impressive Commonwealth Games medal tallies.
  • Former Commonwealth Games athletes who went on to turn professional include Barry McGuigan, Audley Harrison and Lennox Lewis who won Gold for Canada at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. There's every chance you could be watching the boxing stars of the future at Glasgow 2014!

Why You’ll Love It

Boxing is a classic human contest full of tragedies and triumphs.

Whether or not you’re a boxing fan, watching the sport ring-side, it’s impossible not to get caught up in the drama as celebrated champions go head-to-head with gritty underdogs.

Seeing this sport live proves just how much intelligence, endurance and coaching support is required to become a Gold-medal-winning boxer.

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