Points for boxing that won

The '10 -Points-Must-System '- How points are scored in a boxing match

Nowadays the 10-point-must-system is used almost everywhere. The principle of this system is that each round is assessed individually and that at least one of the two boxers must receive 10 points in every round without exception. However, there are different constellations of how and according to which a round is rated.

In a round in which neither boxer is knocked to the ground, it is necessary to determine which of the two boxers has won the round. This is done on the basis of four criteria:
1. "Clean punching"
By far the most important criterion for evaluating a lap. Who could score the better and harder hits? It also plays a role here whether one boxer could "ring the bell" for the other.
2. "Effective aggressiveness"
Effective aggressiveness. Which of the two boxers is constantly in the forward gear and can thereby put the other in distress? The emphasis here, however, is on "effective". Aggression without effectiveness does not score any points.
3. "Ring generalship"
A very vague term that stands for what is not directly tangible. Which of the two boxers dictates what happens in such a way that he determines how he will be boxed? For example, does a boxer successfully seek the infight and thus force his opponent to fight, or does a boxer, for example, skillfully keep his opponent at a distance and thereby dictate what is happening? "Ring generalship" can stand for many things, but this category usually evaluates who seems to be in control of the ring.
4. "Defense"
The defensive. An aspect that is often neglected when evaluating a lap. Which of the two boxers can parry and block or dodge more hits and let the opponent land fewer hits?

These four criteria are used to determine a winner for each individual round. As I said, the focus is primarily on “clean punching”. In tight rounds it is important to subjectively weigh up to what extent the dominance of a boxer in one criterion can be compared with the dominance of the opponent in another criterion. If you finally have the upper hand in the round, taking into account all four criteria, you get 10 points for the round, your opponent usually 9.
Even rounds in which neither boxer was superior are scored as a 10-10 draw, although this is rarely done in practice by professional judges.

If a boxer is knocked to the ground in a round or touches the floor of the ring with any part of the body except the soles of the feet after the impact, so that this is counted as a knockdown by the referee, this boxer receives one point less for that round. He usually loses round 10-8 with it.
Should it happen that boxer A clearly wins a round, but suffers precipitation in between, this is included in the evaluation of the round and boxer A no longer loses the round 8-10, but 9-10. However, a boxer cannot win a round in which he himself was on the ground, but his opponent cannot. A round like this cannot end in a draw either.
If a boxer goes down more than once in a round, there is basically one point less for each rainfall. This means that there would be a 10-8 lap with one rainfall, a 10-7 lap with two rainfall and a 10-6 lap with three rainfall. However, most of the judges do not go lower than 10-7, as it throws the defeated boxer too far back on points.
In the first meeting of Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, for example, two of the three judges scored the first round, in which Marquez was on the ground three times, 10-6, while the third judge Burt Clements scored it 10-7. Clements himself later emphasized that his rating of 10-7 was a mistake, and it should have been a 10-6 rating, which would have resulted in a Pacquiao victory instead of a tie.
In general, it is up to the judges to decide whether to go below 10-7 or not, unless the boxing association in question stipulates otherwise, as the WBA, for example, stipulates in its regulations that the judges should not go below 10-7 .

If there is now precipitation on both sides in a round, it must first be noted that it is still generally valid that one of the two boxers must get 10 points. If both boxers go down the same number of times, whether once, twice, or more often, the normal evaluation is based on who has won the round according to the four criteria, so that the boxer receives the round 10-9 for himself . It also takes into account whose precipitation was more pronounced if, for example, one of the boxers was clearly bruised by the precipitation, while the other fell down due to balance problems and was not really in trouble.
If a boxer goes down one time more than the other, it becomes a 10-8 round, if he goes down twice more, the round 10-7 is scored. If the difference in precipitation is even greater, it is again at the discretion of the judge whether to go further to 10-6 and possibly even lower.
It is also possible to rate a round without precipitation 10-8 if there is a clear dominance of one boxer in this round. Basically, this is usually done when a boxer is hit for the majority of the round and is covered with punches by his opponent, without being able to land any himself, but does not go down. However, here, too, it is at your own discretion when exactly there is such a great dominance that the round 10-8 should be rated. Also, some judges tend to do a round that a boxer has mastered so clearly that it would have to be rated 10-8 without precipitation, and even 10-7 with a subsequent rainfall.
Any kind of point deductions that the referee distributes for fouls or other offenses are not immediately included in the round, so that even point deductions cannot result in a 9-9 or 9-8 round, for example. Deductions of points are noted separately from the round rating next to the round, and are included at the end when adding the round ratings.