Boxing rules

The difference between amateur and professional boxing (Part 1)

Boxing is a sport that strongly fights against punches. However, amateur boxing is still different from professional boxing in many ways.

But is it true that professionals always have to win over amateur? What is the difference between amateur and professional Boxing, and why is it possible to affect such boxers so deeply?

Differences in law


Professional boxing has the highest number of rounds from 4 to 12 with 3 minutes each and 1 minute break. In the meantime, amateur boxing is only 3 rounds or less with each period ranging from 2 minutes to 3 minutes a half.

Referee duty

At amateur boxing, the official task is to keep the boxers safe.

For professional Boxing, the referee’s duty is to maintain the match legally. At some point, the umpire reserves the right to interfere with the fighter’s score. For amateur boxing, the main task of the referee is to protect the boxers, the referee has no right to interfere with the score


Amateur boxing regulates many of the following errors: Using hand or cross to push or cover the opponent’s face, holding the opponent’s hand, hitting the glove, not backing up when the referee calls “Break”, intentionally hit right after the referee calls “Break”.These are errors not found in professional Boxing. The main purpose of amateur boxing is to “sport” the subject of boxing and to protect the safety of boxers. For Olympic Boxing, this is fault.

This is also said to be an error for amateur Boxing (bug pushing the opponent through the wire).


At amateur boxing, the referee may stop the game if he feels that the two boxers are too different in level, this does not happen in professional boxing. Professional boxing only stops the game when serious medical problems occur or the fighter is in an inability to protest and ends with TKO.