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Boxing is a highly individual sport requiring all-round fitness, skill and courage. Learning and practicing the required techniques and tactics is essential. Many people chose to enjoy the skill and training form of amateur boxing and many ABAE affiliated boxing clubs provide for this market as well as those wanting to compete. The sport offers a range of opportunities from boxing related exercise without going in the ring to full competition.

Amateur boxing is practiced at the club and collegiate level, at the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games, and in many other venues sponsored by amateur boxing associations. Amateur boxing bouts are short in duration and fighters wear head protection, so this type of competition prizes point-scoring (based on number of clean punches landed) rather than physical power.

Competitors wear protective headgear and gloves with a white strip across the knuckle. A punch is considered a scoring punch only when the boxers connect with the white portion of the gloves. Each punch that lands on the head or torso is awarded a point. A referee monitors the fight to ensure that competitors use only legal blows (a belt worn over the torso represents the lower limit of punches). Referees also ensure that the boxers don't use holding tactics to prevent the opponent from swinging. Referees will stop the bout if a boxer is seriously injured, if one boxer is significantly dominating the other or if the score is severely imbalanced.

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The Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE)

The Amateur Boxing Association of England Ltd (ABAE) is the national governing body for boxing. It is responsible for the governance, development and administration of boxing in clubs and competition. It also represents England as a member of the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the European Boxing Council (EUBC)

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