If a fighter is knocked down at the end of a round, he must make it to his feet within the normal 10 count even if the bell has already sounded. Something most people don’t know is the boxer’s chief second can enter the ring and help (read: carry) him back to his corner once he beats the count. He then has the one minute rest to recover. Don’t believe me? Check out the Chris Arreola vs. Chazz Witherspoon bout. The actual controversy surrounds cornermen entering the ring before the bell sounded, but Harold Lederman still enlightens viewers about this obscure fact.
Outside of the obvious water, gauze, etc. only three substances are allowed to be used by the cornermen on their boxer:
- A solution of 1/1000 adrenaline to heal cuts
- Avetine (if both parties and the commission agree)
That’s right, don’t pay attention to those Rocky movies. You cannot use smelling salts on a boxer to wake him up.
If a fighter loses his balance and falls into the ropes, the referee can rule it a knockdown if he deems that the only thing that prevented the boxer from going down was the ropes.