Mental and physical strength are put to the ultimate test, when challengers go toe-to-toe in a battle of skill, speed and stamina. At the 2022 Commonwealth Games, we’ll see men and women step inside the ring to compete across a range of different weight divisions. As the intense three-minute rounds play out, we’ll experience explosive combinations, rapid footwork and dogged determination.
Boxing Scoring Format
A boxing bout consists of three rounds of three minutes each, with a one-minute break between the rounds. Each round, five judges score and the winner is awarded 10 points.
- – If all five judges agree that a boxer has won two or more rounds, he or she is declared winner by unanimous decision (5-0).
- – Providing there is a difference of opinion, the winner is determined by majority consensus or split decision (4-1 or 3-2).
- – When a challenger knocks his or her opponent down with legal punches, resulting in the latter unable to get up within 10 counts, he or she is declared winner by KO (knockout).
- – If an opponent is unable to continue the bout, the challenger boxer is declared the winner by TKO (technical knockout). This is likely due to an injury sustained during the fight.
- – A boxer can also be declared winner if his/her opponent is disqualified. This occurs when a competitor receives three warnings for breaching the rules of fair play. This includes hitting below the belt or behind the head, or with head or shoulder.
Commonwealth Venue – The NEC
The National Exhibition Centre is the NEC Group’s flagship venue. It is the UK’s largest exhibition venue and one of Europe’s leading event destinations. It welcomes around 2.3 million visitors, and over 45,000 exhibiting companies, to more than 500 events every year.
Games Schedule – Friday 29 July to Sunday 7 August
The competition will run from July 29 to August 7 across 16 weight categories at the NEC Hall 4. The men’s event will get underway on July 29 with the Round of 32 Light Welterweight bout. On the same day, the women’s competition will kickstart with a Round of 16 Middleweight category fight. For the day-to-day competition schedule, click here.
Athletes Taking Part
Aaron Bowen (Light-heavyweight), Delicious Orie (Super-heavyweight), Demie-Jade Resztan (Minimumweight), Gemma Richardson (Lightweight), Harris Akbar (Light-middleweight), Jodie Wilkinson (Light-middleweight), Joe Tyers (Light-welterweight), Kerry Davis (Middleweight), Kiaran MacDonald (Flyweight), Lewis Richardson (Middleweight), Lewis Williams (Heavyweight), Niall Farrell (Featherweight), Sameenah Toussaint (Featherweight) and Savannah Stubley (Light-flyweight).
With the Commonwealth Games days away, the attention of the English boxing world turns to the prestigious amateur competition. Team England led the medal table four years ago in Australia, winning nine medals in total – six of them gold. Galal Yafai and Frazer Clarke, who are already embarking on high-profile professional careers, were those to take the top prize.
Lennon Mulligan (Flyweight), Matthew McHale (Bantamweight), Megan Reid (Lightweight), Reese Lynch (Light-welterweight), Sam Hickey (Middleweight), Sean Lazzerini (Light-heavyweight), Stephen Newns (Light-middlweight) and Tyler Jolly (Welterweight).
Team Scotland have officially unveiled the eight Scottish boxers who will be competing at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Six boxers in the squad competed for Boxing Scotland at the EUBC European Men’s Boxing Championships last month. This features Lochee Middleweight Sam Hickey; who will be looking to build upon the Bronze medal that he won at the competition in Armenia – Scotland’s first for 16 years.
Garan Croft, Haaris Khan, Helen Jones, Ioan Croft, Jake Dodd, Owain Harris, Rosie Eccles, Taylor Bevan and Zoe Andrews.
Having both won medals at the recent European Championships, identical twins Garan and Ioan Croft are among nine of the Welsh boxers named in the squad. Rosie Eccles will be looking to build on her silver medal on the Gold Coast; where Lauren Price won gold before becoming Olympic champion last year.
Team Northern Ireland:
Aidan Walsh, Amy Broadhurst, Carly McNaul, Clepson Dos Santos, Damien Sullivan, Dylan Eagleson, Eireann Nugent, Eugene McKeever, Jake Tucker, John Paul Hale, Jude Gallagher, Michaela Walsh and Nicole Clyde.
Team Northern Ireland will take a squad of 13 fighters to Birmingham and look to continue their impressive medal record at the Games. Boxing has been Northern Ireland’s most successful sport at the Commonwealth with, 61 medals won in the ring over the years – 13 golds, 19 silvers and 29 bronze medals.
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