Q: When fighting an Amateur fight, do you throw fast punches and move..or go for the knockout if you have power? What do the judges prefer? – Marco R.
Marco’s original question:
When fighting an Amateur fight, what should be your mind set? Do you throw weak fast punches and dance, if you have heavy hands do you go for the knockout even though theres headgear and its scored like a normal punch? What do the judges like to see?
A: Amateur Boxing is scored purely on points. A hard punch and a soft punch scores the same — 1 point. I must say that 3 clear hard punches is much more likely to be counted as 3 full points whereas a quickly flurry of 10 small punches may not get full credit. A punch that scores a knockdown still only scores 1 point.
More often then not, amateur boxing resembles a hit-&-run game of freeze tag in the ring moreso than a slugfight. The Olympics is probably the best example of how you should fight your amateur fight: which is to throw dozens of punches but be constantly on the move. It’s only 3 rounds so you should be in shape to throw a lot of speed punches and not get tired.
Again, the goal of amateur boxing is to score points, not to knockout your opponent. If you spend too much time trying to knockout your opponent and can’t make it happen, you may lose a decision if it turns out he’s been landing more punches on you. Amateur boxing is not like professional boxing where the fighters have to hurt each other and it’s easier since they don’t wear headgear.