Boxing is a combat sport where two people compete in a boxing ring by punching one another for a determined number of rounds or until the referee decides that one competitor can no longer continue the fight. Building upon the fundamental usage of hand-to-hand combat performed by humans throughout history, boxing today has evolved into a regulated sport that is performed globally in amateur tournaments and the Olympics alike. Boxing matches are made up one to three minute rounds with the number of rounds being determined by the stated rules of that particular type of bout (amateur or professional). If a fight lasts until all of the allocated rounds are completed, the winner of the bout is calculated by tallying the judges’ scorecards from each round. Boxers fight with a variety of specific fighting styles that commonly include ‘classic’ boxers, boxer-punchers, counter punchers, brawlers, and swarmers.

How many rounds are in a boxing match?

Professional boxing bouts are capped at a maximum of twelve rounds for title fights. For the safety of lesser experienced fighters, boxing matches are often limited to four, six, eight, or ten rounds instead of the maximum twelve.


How long is a boxing match?


Boxing matches last a maximum duration of 47 minutes if all twelve rounds are used. Each round in a boxing match is three minutes with a minute of rest between rounds one through eleven.

How long is a boxing round?

Boxing rounds are three minutes for men and two minutes for women. One minute is given between each round for the boxers to rest before continuing on to the next round.

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655 ft2 | 60.9 m2
Boxing Ring
3D
Boxing Ring
5’9” | 1.75 m
July 18, 1990
Canelo Álvarez
175.000
1990.00
109000
3D
Canelo Álvarez
6’2.5” | 1.89 m
October 19, 1962
Evander Holyfield
189.000
1962.00
61000
3D
Evander Holyfield
5’8” | 1.73 m
February 24, 1977
Floyd Mayweather Jr
173.000
1977.00
242000
3D
Floyd Mayweather Jr
6’3” | 1.91 m
January 10, 1949
George Foreman
191.000
1949.00
88000
3D
George Foreman
5’8” | 1.73 m
October 17, 1981
Holly Holm
173.000
1981.00
102000
3D
Holly Holm
6’.5” | 1.84 m
March 31, 1878
Jack Johnson
184.000
1878.00
74000
3D
Jack Johnson
5’11.5” | 1.82 m
January 12, 1944
Joe Frazier
182.000
1944.00
40000
3D
Joe Frazier
6’5” | 1.96 m
September 2, 1965
Lennox Lewis
196.000
1965.00
45000
3D
Lennox Lewis
5’6” | 1.68 m
December 17, 1978
Manny Pacquiao
168.000
1978.00
11100
3D
Manny Pacquiao
5’10” | 1.78 m
June 30, 1966
Mike Tyson
178.000
1966.00
331000
3D
Mike Tyson
6’3” | 1.91 m
January 17, 1942
Muhammad Ali
191.000
1942.00
303000
3D
Muhammad Ali
5’10.5” | 1.79 m
February 4, 1973
Oscar De La Hoya
179.000
1973.00
49000
3D
Oscar De La Hoya
6’9” | 2.06 m
August 12, 1988
Tyson Fury
206.000
1988.00
287000
3D
Tyson Fury
Jack Johnson
Scaled height comparison drawings of Jack Johnson compared to other boxers

Jack Johnson was probably the first world heavyweight boxing champion of African American origin. As a boxing legend, John Arthur Johnson was nicknamed the “Galveston Giant” and won seventy matches in his boxing career. At one time, he fought boxing abroad to avoid serving prison sentences. His boxing style was defensive, leaving the opponent to tire first and then becoming offensive as the fight continues. He also preferred not to win on knockout but punishing opponents with strikes and blows through the rounds. He is also among legendary boxers admitted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the disbanded Boxing Hall of Fame of The Ring magazine.

Jack Johnson boxed in the Heavyweight weight class at a height of 6’ 1/2” (1.84 m). Jack Johnson had a reach of 6’2” (1.88 m) and fought with an Orthodox stance.

Set of illustrations of Jack Johnson in various boxing poses measured with overall height
Jack Johnson was probably the first world heavyweight boxing champion of African American origin. As a boxing legend, John Arthur Johnson was nicknamed the “Galveston Giant” and won seventy matches in his boxing career. At one time, he fought boxing abroad to avoid serving prison sentences.

Jack Johnson boxed in the Heavyweight weight class at a height of 6’ 1/2” (1.84 m). Jack Johnson had a reach of 6’2” (1.88 m) and fought with an Orthodox stance.

Set of illustrations of Jack Johnson in various boxing poses measured with overall height
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Stance: Orthodox

Weight Class: Heavyweight

Reach: 6’2” | 1.88 m

Years Active: 1897-1931

Death: June 10, 1946

Birthday
March 31, 1878

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Boxing Ropes
Side view detail elevation of the corner of a boxing ring measuring ring and rope heights and sizes

Boxing ropes are the perimeter guides and boundaries that gave shape to the competitive space of a boxing ring used for the sport of boxing. Attached to the four posts located at each corner of the boxing ring platform, the boxing rope border is made up of four individual parallel ropes pulled in tension from each turnbuckle. Additional rope spacers are distributed evenly around each side of the ring to prevent the ropes from slacking or spreading further apart if the tension lessens. Boxing ropes are commonly made with steel cables wrapped in soft padding and an outer vinyl sleeve that is available in a variety of colors and styles depending on the venue.

Boxing ring platforms are elevated 39.375” (100 cm) above the floor. The total height of the boxing ropes above the ring floor is 52.0” (132.1 cm) leading to an overall boxing ring height of 7’ 7.375” (232.1 cm). The bottom rope is spaced 16.0” (40.6 cm) from the ring floor with the other ropes spaced evenly at 12.0” (30.5 cm) from each other. Rope thicknesses range from 1”-1.625” (2.5-4 cm).

Dimensioned elevation drawing of a boxing ring measuring the overall width and height of a standard ring
Boxing ropes are the perimeter guides and boundaries that gave shape to the space of a boxing ring used for the sport of boxing. Attached to the four posts located at each corner of the boxing ring platform, the boxing rope border is made up of four individual parallel ropes pulled in tension.

Boxing ring platforms are elevated 39.375” (100 cm) above the floor. The total height of the boxing ropes above the ring floor is 52.0” (132.1 cm) leading to an overall boxing ring height of 7’ 7.375” (232.1 cm). The bottom rope is spaced 16.0” (40.6 cm) from the ring floor with the other ropes spaced evenly at 12.0” (30.5 cm) from each other. Rope thicknesses range from 1”-1.625” (2.5-4 cm).

Dimensioned elevation drawing of a boxing ring measuring the overall width and height of a standard ring
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Height (Overall): 7’ 7.375” | 232.1 cm
Height (Platform): 39.375” | 100 cm
Height (Ropes to Ring Floor): 52.0” | 132.1 cm

Rope Spacing (Bottom): 16.0” | 40.6 cm
Rope Spacing: 12.0” | 30.5 cm
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1”-1.625” | 2.5-4 cm

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Tyson Fury
Group of scaled height illustrations of various boxers compared to Tyson Fury

British professional boxer Tyson Fury not only represents England in international amateur boxing competitions but also Ireland. He is a two-time heavyweight world champion and English heavyweight champion. He boasts thirty wins in his boxing career plus several intercontinental and international titles such as the Lineal titles, World Boxing Championship (WBC), and The Ring magazine. Fury is regarded as the best active heavyweight worldwide, second-best active boxer, and the third heavyweight to hold two of The Ring magazine titles, and the first heavyweight in history having World Boxing Organization (WBO), World Boxing Championship (WBC), International Boxing Federation (IBF), and World Boxing Association (WBA Super) titles.

Tyson Fury boxes in the Heavyweight weight class at a height of 6’9” (2.06 m). Tyson Fury has a reach of 7’1” (2.16 m) and fights with an Orthodox stance.

Series of elevation drawings of Tyson Fury in multiple boxing poses measured with overall height
British professional boxer Tyson Fury not only represents England in international amateur boxing competitions but also Ireland. He is a two-time heavyweight world champion and English heavyweight champion. He boasts thirty wins in his boxing career plus several intercontinental titles.

Tyson Fury boxes in the Heavyweight weight class at a height of 6’9” (2.06 m). Tyson Fury has a reach of 7’1” (2.16 m) and fights with an Orthodox stance.

Series of elevation drawings of Tyson Fury in multiple boxing poses measured with overall height
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Stance: Orthodox

Weight Class: Heavyweight

Reach: 7’1” | 2.16 m

Years Active: 2008—

Birthday
August 12, 1988

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Tyson Fury standing, punching, posing

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Boxing Ring
Dimensioned plan drawing of a boxing ring measuring overall width and width between the ropes

Boxing rings are regulated spaces used for amateur and professional boxing matches. Originally earning the ‘ring’ name from early boxing contests performed within casually drawn circular zones, boxing rings today are now square in shape—leading to boxing rings commonly being referred to as ‘squared circles.’ Boxing rings consist of a raised platform within which an inner boxing space is shaped by ropes pulled between poles located at each corner. The surface of a boxing ring is covered in a layer of roughly 1” (25 mm) thick padding and covered with a stretched canvas. Each boxer and team is located on opposite corners of the boxing ring at either the blue or red corner.

Boxing rings have an overall width of 25’7” (280 cm) with an inner space between the ropes of 20’ (610 cm). A perimeter space of 33.5” (85 cm) is provided outside the ropes. A standard boxing ring with a 20’ (610 cm) interior space has an overall area of 655 ft2 (60.9 m2).

Boxing rings are regulated spaces used for amateur and professional boxing matches. Originally earning the ‘ring’ name from early boxing contests performed within casually drawn circular zones, boxing rings today are now square in shape—leading to rings commonly being referred to as squared circles.

Boxing rings have an overall width of 25’7” (280 cm) with an inner space between the ropes of 20’ (610 cm). A perimeter space of 33.5” (85 cm) is provided outside the ropes. A standard boxing ring with a 20’ (610 cm) interior space has an overall area of 655 ft2 (60.9 m2).

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655 ft2 | 60.9 m2

Width (Overall): 25’7” | 280 cm
Width (Inner): 20’ | 610 cm
Width (Perimeter): 33.5” | 85 cm

Materials: 1” | 25 mm ground padding; stretched canvas cover

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Oscar De La Hoya
Scaled height comparison drawings of Oscar De La Hoya compared to other boxers

Oscar De La Hoya is a former Mexican-American professional boxer who retired to become a mixed martial artist and boxing promoter. He is a sextuple champion coupled with eleven world titles plus a gold medal in the lightweight division he bagged when competing for the USA in the 1992 Summer Olympics. Oscar De La Hoya was a top-rated fighter nicknamed “The Golden Boy” of boxing, with thirty-nine wins in his boxing career. He won the Lineal championship in three weight classes and other titles in Super featherweight, Lightweight, Light welterweight, Welterweight, Light middleweight, and Middleweight. Outside boxing, he runs a charitable foundation educating underprivileged youths and a combat sport promotional firm Golden Boy Promotions.

Oscar De La Hoya boxes from the Super Featherweight to Middleweight weight classes at a height of 5’10.5” (1.79 m). Oscar De La Hoya has a reach of 6’1" (1.85 m) and fights with an Orthodox stance.

Set of illustrations of Oscar De La Hoya in various boxing poses measured with overall height
Oscar De La Hoya is a former Mexican-American professional boxer who retired to become a mixed martial artist and boxing promoter. He is a sextuple champion coupled with eleven world titles plus a gold medal in the lightweight division he bagged when competing for the US in the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Oscar De La Hoya boxes from the Super Featherweight to Middleweight weight classes at a height of 5’10.5” (1.79 m). Oscar De La Hoya has a reach of 6’1" (1.85 m) and fights with an Orthodox stance.

Set of illustrations of Oscar De La Hoya in various boxing poses measured with overall height
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Stance: Orthodox

Weight Class: Super Featherweight to Middleweight

Reach: 6’1" | 1.85 m

Years Active: 1992-2009

Birthday
February 4, 1973

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Oscar De La Hoya standing, punching

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