For the first time ever women are able to compete in boxing at the London Olympics. Boxing is a tough and demanding sport.
While weight and height are a distinct advantage, brute strength alone is not enough. Speed, tactics and quick thinking are all crucial if a boxer is to be successful.
Date: July 28 –August 12
Ring apron: The canvas area outside the ropes where judges choose the winners of rounds and where the boxer’s cornermen sit.
Throw in the towel: The traditional way to concede defeat; a boxer’s cornermen will throw a towel into the ring when he feels his charge cannot continue.
Southpaw: A left-handed boxer, who leads with the right hand.
Belt: An imaginary line around a boxer’s midriff, below which his opponent is not allowed to hit.
Jab: A straight, arm-length punch thrown from the boxer’s leading hand.
Uppercut: An upwards-thrown punch designed to hit an opponent’s chin.
Hook: A sideways-thrown punch in which the boxer swings his arm from the shoulder with the elbow bent.
Slap: An illegal blow landed with the open part of the glove (not the knuckle area).
Female boxers will contest three weight divisions at this year’s Olympics; flyweight, lightweight, middleweight.
The bouts are contested over four two-minute rounds and the fighter who knocks out their opponent or scores the most points wins.
Boxers score one point for every punch they land with the marked part of their glove on their opponent’s head or upper body.
Any boxer who moves more than 12 points ahead of an opponent automatically wins.
The boxer judged to have won the round (normally the fighter who lands the most quality shots) is given ten points, while the loser is given nine points.
Each boxer is given a corner, labelled red or blue which is also the colour of the clothing they wear to fight. All fighters must also wear protective headgear.
One to watch
Natasha Jonas (pictured above) who was the first British female boxer in history to qualify for the Olympic Games, World number three flyweight Nicola Adams and women’s world boxing middleweight champion Savannah Marshall.
Olympic rivalry? With no history to go on with female boxing at the Olympics, this year is sure to create some exciting new rivalries!
Who’s the gold medal favourite? In the lightweight, current European and World Champion Katie Taylor from Ireland. And in the flyweight five times world boxing Champion Mary Kom from India are favourites in their weight divisions.
And fresh from becoming world champion in China this May, GB’s Savannah Marshall is on course to win gold in the middleweight division.
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Boxing Olympic fact
This will be the first time in the sport’s 108 year history that women will compete.
The Women’s Sports Magazine