Also known as a protection count, it is the highest count a referee can give to a boxer who is back on his feet after sustaining a knockdown. This count allows the referee time to judge whether the boxer can continue to fight.
Some jurisdictions require that a boxer receive a mandatory "standing eight-count" after being knocked down.
Some commissions allow for the use of a standing eight-count when a boxer takes excessive punishment and appears on the verge of going down but does not actually go down, or is prevented from going down by the ropes.
A standing eight-count is considered the same as a knockdown in regards to the scoring of a bout.
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