Ring: the centre of the competition

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The ring, the most visual equipment of a boxing event which focuses all eyes in the stadium is usually between 4.90 m square and 6.10 m square. The boxers representing red and blue corners compete in the ring, showing admirable offence and defence in the process. Four corners of the ring are arranged in the following way: the red corner which is the nearer left-side ring corner facing the Jury is opposite the blue corner; while the other two corners are white and called neutral corners.

When you watch a boxing competition, you can not miss the four fixed posts standing at each corner. Three or four ropes with a diameter of 3-5 cms are tightly drawn from the posts so as to prevent the boxers from falling out of the ring. For the same purpose the platform beyond the line of the ropes is at least 46 cm.

In order to increase stablisation, the ropes are joined on each side, at equal intervals, by two pieces of close textured canvas 3 to 4 cm wide. All ropes are covered with a soft or smooth material in order not to scratch the boxers when they make extensive contact with the ropes.

Boxing competitions have strict guidelines for the competing infrastructure. The floor of the ring, usually covered with felt or rubber, should be smooth and secure, over which the canvas should be stretched in place so that the boxers can move freely without any potential for tripping or falling. Boxers can not compete on a floor with uneven surfaces!

At certain times two rings cabn be used, particularly for international and other important championships, due to the number of participants. There is an obvious difference between the sound of the two bells of these rings to differentiate them and avoid disturbances.

Other equipment including steps, seats, plastic bags (normally for the referee to dispose of the cotton used to nurse bleedings) etc. are seen around the ring. All this equipment indicates the development of boxing and its concerted endeavour to provide a successful competition and a safe sport.


RULE I - The Ring

A. Requirements. In all competitions, the ring shall conform with the following requirements:

  1. Size. The minimum size shall be 4.90 m square (16 feet) and the maximum size 6.10 m square (20 feet) inside the line of the ropes. In international championships the size of the ring shall be 6.10 m square. The ring shall not be less than 91 cm (3 feet) or more than 1.22 m (4 feet) above the ground or base.

  2. Platform and Corner Pads. The Platform shall be safely constructed, level and free from any obstructing projections and shall extend for at least 46 cm (18 inches) outside the line of the ropes. It shall be fitted with four corner posts which shall be well padded or otherwise so constructed so as to prevent injury to the boxers. The corner pads should be arranged in the following way: In the nearer left-side ring corner facing the President of the Jury- red; in the far left-side corner- white; in the far right-side corner- blue; and in the near right-side corner- white.

  3. Floor Covering. The floor shall be covered with felt, rubber or other suitably approved material having the same quality of elasticity, not less than 1.3 cm (half an inch) and not more than 1.9 cm (three-quarters of an inch) thick over which canvas shall be stretched and secured in place. The felt, rubber or other approved material, and canvas, shall cover the entire platform.

  4. Ropes. There shall be four ropes of a thickness of 4 cm tightly drawn from the corner posts at 40.6 cm (16 ins.), 71.1 cm (28ins.), 101.6 cm (40 ins.) and 132.1 cm (52 ins.) high respectively. The ropes shall be covered with a soft or smooth material. The ropes shall be joined on each side, at equal intervals, by two pieces of close textured canvas 3 to 4 cm. (1.2-1.6 ins.) wide. The pieces must not slide along the rope.

  5. Steps. The ring shall be provided with three steps. Two steps at the opposite corners for the use of contestants and seconds, one step in the neutral corner for use by the Referees and Doctors.
  6. Plastic Bag. In the two neutral corners outside the ring, a small plastic bag shall be fixed in which the referee shall drop the cotton or tissue pads used by him to nurse bleedings.

  7. Approved Label. All rings should have an AIBA approved label.

B. Additional Rings. Two rings may be used in important championships.