There are many different terms used in the boxing world to describe the outcome of a fight. Some of these may be self-explanatory, however some terms can be more complex and may cause confusion.
Below is a breakdown of boxing terminology and available markets put simply for our customers to understand.
- Knockout (KO) – A boxer loses by way of knockout or KO when he or she is unable to get up unassisted after being floored to the count of ten.
- Technical Knockout (TKO) – A boxer loses by technical knockout or TKO if the referee intervenes and stops the fight declaring them unable to continue because of bad cuts or bruises, they cannot go on or cannot defend themselves.
- Disqualification (DQ) – A referee can call for disqualification after a boxer repeatedly fouls or breaks the rules causing the boxer to lose by DQ.
- Unanimous Decision (UD) – A unanimous decision occurs when all three judges agree on a winner. Example: 116-114, 116-114, 115-113.
- Split Decision (SD) – A split decision occurs when two of the three judges score one boxer as the winner, while the third judge scores the other boxer as the winner. Example: 116-114, 116-114, 113-115.
- Majority Decision (MD) – A majority decision occurs when two of the three judges score one boxer as the winner, while the third judge scores neither boxer a winner (a draw). Example: 116-114, 116-114, 114-114.
- Technical Decision (TD) – If an intentional foul causes an injury and the injury results in the fight being stopped in a later round, the fight will result in a Technical Draw if the injured boxer is behind or even on the scorecards.
- Knocked Down – A knockdown occurs when a boxer gets hit and touches the floor with any part of his body other than his feet, is being held up by the ropes, or is hanging on through, or over the ropes and cannot protect himself or fall to the floor.
- Go the Distance – A boxer goes the distance when he can fight through all the scheduled rounds.