Boxing is a sport in which two participants of similar weight fight each other with their fists in gloves in a series of one-to-three-minute intervals called rounds. The bout takes place in a roped area called a ring.
Boxing Australia is governed by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Technical and Competition rules.
The ring and canvas size
For all AIBA Competitions, the ring is 6.10m square inside the line of the ropes. The size of the apron extends 85cm outside the line of the ropes on each side, including additional canvas necessary to tighten and secure it. The height of the ring is 100cm from the ground.
Platform and corner pads
The platform is 7.80m squared, level and free from any obstructing projection. It is fitted with four corner posts with 4 corner pads to prevent injury to the boxers.
Corner pads are arranged as follows:
- In the near left side corner – red.
- In the far left side corner – white.
- In the far right side corner – blue.
- In the near right side corner – white.
Surface of the ring floor
The floor is covered with felt, rubber or other suitably approved material that is soft in quality and elasticity. It is not be less than 1.5cm and no more than 2.0cm thick.
The canvas is made of non‑slip material and covers the entire platform. The canvas is coloured pantone blue 299.
The ring includes four separate ropes, 4cm thick, on each side of the corner posts.
The heights of the 4 ropes are 40cm, 70cm, 100cm and 130cm from the canvas. The ropes are covered by a thick padding.
The ropes are joined on each side of the ring, at equal intervals, by two pieces of material 3‑4cm wide.
These two pieces are similar in texture to the canvas and must not slide along the rope.
The tension of each section of the top two ropes is tight and the bottom two sections is not too tight.
There are three sets of steps to the ring, two sets at opposite corners for the use of boxers and support staff and one set of steps in another corner for the use of the referee and ringside physician.
The information in this guide is general in nature and cannot be relied upon as professional advice concerning the design of, or marking out for, sporting facilities and playing areas. No assurance is given as to the accuracy of any information contained in this guide and readers should not rely on its accuracy. Readers should obtain their own independent and professional advice in relation to their proposed sporting activity.