Boxing is one of the most popular sports of the world. It is basically a combat sport played between two people; they fight each other with their fists. Generally, the game is supervised by a referee and is specifically occupied in during a series of 1-3 minute intervals called rounds. Victory in boxing sport is achieved if the opponent is knocked out and unable to get up before the referee counts to ten seconds or if the opponent is deemed too injured to continue the game. However, there are many different styles of boxing practiced around the world.
Professional boxing evolves in the early 20th century when boxing gradually achieved legitimacy and became regulated, sanctioned sport. During early 20th century, most of the professional bouts took place in the United States and Britain. Later, United States became the centre of professional sports boxing. National Boxing Association (NBA) began to sanction ‘title fights’ after 1920. The NBA was renamed in the year 1962 and it became World Boxing Association. Another world body International Boxing Federation was also founded in the year 1983.
At the end of the 20th century, a boxer has been acknowledged by the three different bodies to be the ‘Undisputed World Champion’. Different regional sanctioning bodies like the North American Boxing Federation, the North American Boxing Council and the United States Boxing Associations also awarded championships. However, professional boxing bouts are typically much longer when compare to amateur bouts. Professional bouts typically range from ten to twelve bouts though less significant fights can be as short as four rounds.
In professional sports boxing, protective headgear is not allowed and boxers are usually allowed to take considerable punishment before a fight is halted. All the legal professional bouts should be endorsed by a state athletic commission to ensure the fighters' safety. However, most high-profile bouts obtain the approval of a private sanctioning body, which awards championships, establishes rules, and assigns referees. Moreover, professional boxing has enjoyed a much higher profile than amateur throughout the twentieth century and beyond.