Boxing Fouls: 26 bigtime no-nosWritten by Lee Cleveland
Boxing can be a bit complicated with regards to its improprieties.
Offenders can receive warnings, point reductions and even a disqualification, depending on the number of times the foul was committed, one's intention (mistake vs flagrant) and its seriousness.
Obviously, some fouls are more serious than others and safety determines a foul's gravity.
In the end, the referee has the ultimate power as he can warn, penalize and disqualify a fighter how and when he chooses.
Fouls, especially of the less serious variety, are subjective as referees - as individual thinkers - have varying thresholds for certain acts.
For example, most referees are very tolerant of pushing. Although illegal, it rarely draws a warning. However, as we saw in Khan vs Peterson (2011), some referees will enforce it and will usually communicate their intentions via warnings early on.
Just because referees in Khan's previous bouts may have been liberal with regards to enforcing the 'no pushing' rule, their actions are in no way a precedent for future officials - And that's what can make things a bit confusing,
A referee's discretion is similar to that of a policeman. Some policemen will issue a ticket for going only 7 mph over the speed limit while others, in the same situation, won't pull you over unless you're going 15 mph over.
The great thing about boxing is that a fighter will usually get warned 1-3 times before points are deducted, as was the case for Khan vs Peterson.
26 No-nos during a professional boxing match
1, Rabbit punching; Hitting behind the head
(Hopkins vs Jones 2)
2. Low blows; Punches below the belly button
(Bowe vs Golota 1 and 2)
3. Punching an opponent while he is down, regardless of whether he/she is on the canvas from a punch slip
(Dirrell vs Abraham)
4. Holding and hitting; Holding an opponent with one hand and punching with the other.
5. Excessive holding/clinching
(Tyson vs Ferguson)
6. Kicking, kneeing, elbow and shoulder strikes, tackling and wrestling/takedowns
(Bowe vs Tillery)
7. Excessive pushing
(Yes, Khan vs Peterson is a fine example)
(Mayweather vs Ortiz)
9. Punching with an open glove, the inside of the hand or backhanding
10. Repeatedly falling to the canvas without being knocked down or pushed to avoid being punched
(Klitschko vs Haye)
11. Kidney strikes
12. Jabbing with the thumb of the glove
13. Disrespecting a referee or refusing to follow his instructions
(Judah vs Tszyu; And yes, that even applies to trainers, Norman "Stoney" Stone)
14. Hitting on the break
15. Intentionally spitting out your mouthpiece. Fighters will often do it to bide time when hurt
(Corrales vs Castillo)
16. Using the ropes for leverage; You cannot throw a punch or spin while holding on to the ropes to gain leverage.
17. Punching on or outside of the ropes
18. Biting/ Spitting
(Tyson vs Holyfield 2)
19. Stepping on an opponent while he's down
20. Crouching below your opponents' waist line
('Sweet Pea' Whitaker, was that you?)
21. Leaving your neutral corner without the referee's signal
22. Cornermen entering the ring during live action
(Kirkland vs Molina/ Tyson vs McNeeley)
23. Repeatedly turning your back to an opponent
24. Refusing to make any attempt to fight
(Lewis vs McCall 2)
25. Punching after the bell
26. Excessive showboating (i.e. too much talking and/or gesturing and not enough fighting)
Can you think of anymore? Let us know.