Kings of the ring: how Irish amateur boxing is punching above it
60 Top Amateur Boxing Association Pictures, Photos, & Images - Getty Images
Courtesy of The Library of Congress Boxing has fallen a long way over the past years. At one point it was the the country's national pasttime. Now it's a disorganized niche sport that's quickly leaking fans to UFC. The Library of Congress has a jackpot of boxing photos from the early s that perfectly capture the strangeness and simplistic beauty of the bygone sport.
Amateur boxing is a variant of boxing practised at the collegiate level, at the Olympic Games , Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games , as well as many associations. Amateur boxing bouts are short in duration, comprising three rounds of three minutes in men, and four rounds of two minutes in women, each with a one-minute interval between rounds. Men's senior bouts changed in format from four two-minute rounds to three three-minute rounds on January 1, This type of competition prizes point-scoring blows, based on number of clean punches landed, rather than physical power. Also, this short format allows tournaments to feature several bouts over several days, unlike professional boxing , where fighters rest several months between bouts.
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