How to Score a Fight

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There are typically three judges for each fight, who calculate points as follows:

If a judge deems that fighter A has out-boxed fighter B in a round, then s/he will score the round 10 points for fighter A, and 9 points for fighter B. If fighter B is knocked down by fighter A, and receives a standing count, then the round is scored 10 points to fighter A and 8 points to fighter B. If the judge decides that neither fighter won a round, then he will score it 10 points to each fighter.

If a fighter is penalized by the referee (such as for multiple low blows), then the referee will turn to each ring-side judge individually and instruct him to deduct a point for that fighter from their score card for that round.

The referee collects the judges' scorecards after every round and delivers them to the ring-side commissioner. At the end of the fight, the points are totaled to arrive at a decision (win, loss, or draw).

  • If all judges score for boxer A then it is a win by unanimous decision (UD) for boxer A
  • If two judges score for boxer A and one judge scores a draw then it is a majority decision (MD) win for boxer A
  • If two judges score for boxer A and one judge scores for boxer B then it is a split decision (SD) win for boxer A
  • If all judges score a draw then it is a draw by unanimous decision (D-UD)
  • If two judges score a draw and one judge scores for either boxer then it is a majority draw (D-MD)

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