So is mountaineering, and so is cricket. Many detractors of the sport have concluded that boxing is less safe than other contact sports because the goal of the combatants is to render each other unconscious. Amateurs fight at most four rounds, each of which lasts just two minutes. Male boxers wear protective cups and padding and women are required to wear an additional chestguard to prevent soft tissue injury. But as Keith Walters, chairman of the Amateur Boxing Association, says, what sport is completely safe?
They must qualify in preliminary eliminations in order to compete.
Safety measures in amateur boxing