Amateur vs Professional Boxing: What's the Difference?

Written by
Annie Davis
On
Thursday, December 16, 2021

There are plenty of similarities when it comes to amateur and professional boxing, but there are some major differences that make each discipline unique. 


When it comes down to it, here are some of the differences when it comes to each side of the sport:


  1. The counts rule: For amateurs this is set at an 8 count to be re-evaluated to continue on in the fight, whereas professionals have a 10 count to allow the athletes to recover from hard blows.


  1. The scoring system: For the amateurs, they are scored on a 10-9 point system (10 for the winning fighter, 9 for the losing fighter) and are scored on many factors such as competitiveness, tactical superiority, as well as punches landed; with the goal to accumulate the most points. Similarly, the pros are also scored on a 10-9 system, but ultimately the end goal of wanting to knock-out their opponent.


  1. Number of rounds: When it comes to the amateurs there are 3 rounds to a match which are designed for quicker movements; whereas there can be up to 12 rounds for the professionals which are more so focused on a slower-pace, endurance and stamina. 


  1. The ring: The size of the ring varies in both amateur and professional boxing, it typically follows a standard size between 16-24 feet; but overall is very similar.


  1. Equipment and Pay: Amateur boxers will wear headgear, and larger gloves and mouthguards; and do not get paid for fighting. Professionals differ as they utilize mouthguards but smaller sized gloves than the amateurs; and they get paid by various sponsors as well as have an agreed-upon purse (fixed amount of money) before entering the fight.


Now you know the jist when it comes to pro and amateur boxing, and how although very similar- there are distinct differences that separate the two disciplines when it comes down to the basics. This is useful information for your potential future boxing career or also helpful to know just for enjoying the sport! 


Interested in checking out an amateur boxing competition? Make sure to attend our 6th Annual Executive Fight Night on April 22, 2022. Simply visit EFNboxing.com for more information! 


Written by
Annie Davis
On
Thursday, December 16, 2021