A Look into the Different Method of Victory in Boxing Fights


Boxing is among the most dangerous physical sports where the boxers directly attack each other through punches, jabs, and hooks to knock down the other boxers. This is an exciting Mixed Martial Arts sport which has various types of winning ways.

In this blog, we will be discussing each method of victory in the boxing sport with the help of relevant examples for a clear understanding of each method.

A Look into the Different Method of Victory in Boxing Fights

All Possible Methods Of Winning a Boxing Fight:

Here are the descriptive details of each method of winning a boxing fight.

1. Knockout (KO):

The first and most dominant method of victory in a boxing match is knocking down the opponent. A knockout happens when a fighter hits his opponent in such a way that the opponent is unable to continue.

For Example, consider a bout is in its final round and both fighters are very tired. Then suddenly, a boxer gives a powerful right hook on the jaw of the opponent. The opponent could not bear the hook and fell down. Then the referee started counting down and the opponent was not able to stand. This is the knockout method of winning a fight

2. Technical Knockout (TKO):

A Technical Knockout is quite similar to the knockout and this happens when the referee decides that a fighter cannot continue safely. The Referee makes this decision on the basis of various factors like excessive bleeding in a boxer or he is unable to defend himself. The referee has to step in so that the boxer’s safety is important.

Let us understand it with an example, if Boxer A has landed many jabs and heavy punches to Boxer B. Boxer A is still punching the boxer and the referee feels that Boxer B is unable to defend himself and for safety purposes, steps to separate the boxer. So, considering the domination of Boxer A, he is declared the winner. This is the technical Knockout way of winning the fight.

3. Unanimous Decision Method of Victory:

In a Unanimous decision, the fight reaches its all scheduled rounds and both fighters are stable and waiting for the result. However, one boxer has dominated in the majority of the rounds of the fight and his score is higher than the other. All the judges and referees are on one page and declare the dominant boxer as the winner of the fight. This is a Unanimous Decision victory for the boxer and is considered as the clearest way to win a fight after a Knockout situation.

All Possible Methods Of Winning a Boxing Fight

4. Decision:

In boxing, many fights go the distance rounds. In such cases, Judges decide the winner of the fight through their scores in each round. These scores in each round are based on factors like the effective aggression of the boxer, how he performed in the ring, and his clean punching and jabbing during the fight in each round. The fighter with the most rounds in their favor gets the win.

For example, Boxer A consistently outperforms Boxer B in these aspects, like effective aggression, powerful punches, and jabbing, and dominates the rounds of the game, he will secure a win through a unanimous decision.

5. Split Decision:

As discussed earlier the judges score for each round and then the referee also scores his points while observing the fight. A split decision occurs when two judges score the fight for one boxer, but the referee is in favor of the other boxer.

For example, in a close fight between Boxer A and Boxer B, two judges score in favor of Boxer A, because of his speed and precision in punching. But the referee is determined that Boxer has performed really well under pressure and fought more bravely. This disagreement among judges results in a split decision in which 2 judges are in favor of Boxer A and he wins on a split decision.

6. Majority Decision:

The Majority Decision Method of victory is quite similar to a split decision. This scenario can happen when two judges on the basis of their scores declare one fighter the winner, and the referee thinks that it is a draw. However, the boxer who has more decisions in his favor wins the fight.

7. Disqualification (DQ):

The disqualification method of victory is quite rare in boxing because it is about breaking the rules and conduct of the fight. A boxer can be disqualified due to not complying with boxing match rules.

For example, Boxer A is trying his best to win but Boxer B is resilient and pouting in an effort to withstand the opponent's punches and jabs. In the end, boxer A tries continuous low blows which are considered illegal tactics. So, for the safety and health of Boxer B, the referee can disqualify Boxer A using illegal methods to win the fight. In this case, Boxer B will be declared as the winner.

How a Boxing Match is Drawn

How a Boxing Match is Drawn?

A boxing match can also result in a split draw in which both judges and the third referee do not come to a point to decide a winner. In this case, if a judge thinks Boxer A has dominated the fight and the other Judge is in favor of Boxer B to dominate the fight, now the decision is up to the referee to decide the winner but he is also not biased against any boxer and the fight is declared as the draw and there is no clear winner of the fight. Although it is quite rare for a fight to end in a draw, it happens in boxing sports.

So, these are all the possible methods and ways of getting a victory in a boxing fight and the most commonly happening methods are Knockout, Technical Knockout, and Win by Unanimous Decision.