GETTING STARTED IN AMATEUR BOXING
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE COMPETING
Written by: Joe Leinhauser/Owner IronGloves Boxing Gym
USA BOXING Registered Club #023
‘Rules & Regulations’ as per USA Boxing Rule Book
First thing you need to do is get your Arizona Amateur Boxing License. After mailing in the licensing application, it takes approximately 2 weeks to receive your official boxing license. Licensing is done through a boxing gym/club that is licensed by the USA Boxing Commission.
If your boxing club is licensed, they should have applications on hand for you to fill out and send in.
The cost for your booklet, your license to fight/compete is $68.00
Money Order only, no personal checks or cashier’s checks.
Payable to: USA Boxing Arizona (MONEY ORDER ONLY)
Mail it to: Walt Hoskins @ 3243 N. 77th Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85033
Note: It can take up to 10-14 days to get your book back from Walt.
If your club does not have applications, please contact Walt Hoskins. If you do not have a licensed club to represent you, or if you do not have a USA Boxing licensed coach, then on the application you must claim ‘Unattached’. If you do select to fight as Unattached, you will not be able to call out your name during the match-ups. You are only allowed to respond if no other club responds. In other words, you do not have priority to get matched up with another fighter. You must wait until a boxing club coach cannot match their fighter, then you will be allowed to call out for yourself.
ARIZONA BOXING COMMISSION CONTACT INFO:
Walt Hoskins/Registration Chairperson
Phone: (602) 809-9539 Fax: (623) 873-4681
Phone: (480) 962-8114
LICENSING FEES: (if registering via mail, money order only)
Fighter registration – $68
Clubs – $200
Coaches – $125
In filling out the Application
Every fighter must fill out and send in an application before you are allowed to fight.
On the application you must include the following:
- Height and Weight.
- Birth Certificate (copy only, do not send original).
- 2 passport photos. You can have your passport photo taken at Kinko’s, Office Max, Walgreens. etc.
- Name of the boxing club you train at. You must include your club’s licensed number.
- If you do not have a club, then state that you are ‘Unattached’.
Here is your checklist of everything you’ll need to Fight:
1. Valid USA Arizona Boxing License (your Passbook).
2. Driver’s License or a valid picture ID.
3. USA regulation Headgear.
4. USA approved regulation groin protector.
5. Mouth Guard (proper fit).
6. Gauze and Medical Tape. No handwraps are used to compete in USA Amateur Boxing, only gauze and tape are allowed.
7. Sleeveless tank top type of shirt. Shirt must be tucked into trunks/shorts. Shirt color must contrast with trunks.
The shirt and trunks must 2 different/opposite colors, the referee and judges need to see the waistline.
8. Shoes can only be boxing or wrestling shoes. Sneakers are not allowed.
Gloves are provided. You CANNOT use your own gloves.
Glove size: (you cannot use your own gloves for competition, gloves are supplied)
If you weigh 106-152 lbs., gloves used are 10 oz.
If you weigh 164 lbs. & up, gloves used are 12 oz.
You must have your own headgear and groin protector. Headgear must be USA Boxing Competition certified. When purchasing online, be sure that it states competition headgear, it will have the USA Boxing label/tag on the headgear.
Basic Amateur Boxing Knowledge
1. Points win matches, based on the punches landed.
2. Referee controls the match. If told to stop, stop immediately. Continue to box only after the referee says to continue.
3. Never touch gloves with an opponent. Even at the start of the match, do not touch gloves. Never ever say “Sorry”.
4. Ring sizes start at 16 ft. up to 22 ft.
5. Amateur Boxing has a standing 8 count.
6. The match is always 3 Rounds for 2 minutes with 1 minute rest in between.
1. Weigh-ins must be conducted each day of competition for all sanctioned amateur boxing event.
2. All boxers must weigh-in on the day they box.
3. No boxer may compete in a weight class unless the boxer weighs more than the maximum limit for the class below and no more than the maximum limit for the class in which the boxer desires to compete.
For example: To compete in the 141 lb. class, a boxer must weigh more than 132 lbs., but not more than 141 lbs.
Classification of Boxers
The following shall establish experience classifications.
1. Sub-Novice Class: A boxer who has not competed in a sanctioned USA Boxing match.
2. Novice Class: A boxer who has competed in 10 or less sanctioned USA Boxing matches. Said boxer’s 10th bout shall be in the novice class.
3. Open Class: A boxer who has competed on more than 10 sanctioned USA Boxing matches. Said boxer’s 11th bout shall be in the open class.
Note: Common sense and good judgment must be used when matching boxers, for the safety of your fighter(s).
Boxing is a sport that requires dedication, hard work, and hours of training. 80% of boxing is conditioning, the other 20% is skills and heart. There are two types of boxers, one that just trains day after day, the other that trains to fight.
One of Mike Tyson’s famous trainers was Gus Damato, he once said, “Boxing teaches you to overcome fear”. Gus said that boxing probably will not take fear away completely, but, it will teach you to live and function well within fear.
There is a mental toughness that comes from training and competing. If you have made the decision to compete, you then must face the tough road that lies ahead.
Ask yourself are you ready to do ALL of the following?
- GETTING OUT OF BED EARLY, NO SLEEPING IN.
- Every morning running and sprinting roadwork.
- Weekly interval training.
- Monotonous hours of bag punching, footwork, defense, and mitt drills.
- Strength training, weightlifting training, plyometrics, body exercises, core training, and abdominal training.
- How will you be when it comes to sparring and dealing with pain. Will you be able to take hits. How about the bloody noses, cut lips, black eyes, sore shoulders, and of course major headaches.
Boxing is the toughest sport out there, there are no teammates, no time-outs to rely on. I can personally tell you, there is seriously no better reward, than the feeling of being in the ring on your own, and having only yourself to count on.