Common rules are known as "unified rules" either governed by location or sanctioning body.

Each round is three-minutes for men's professional boxing, two-minutes for women's, with a minute between each round.

Most times, only a referee or doctor can stop a fight. Boxers' corners are also able to "throw in the towel."

Most locations have a "no-standing eight-count" rule, where the referee halts the action if he feels a boxer is hurt, administering the appropriate count to allow the boxer time to recover.

"Saved by the bell" refers to when a boxer is being given a count that is interrupted by the end of the round. Most times, boxers can only be saved by the bell in the final round.

There are certain infractions for which a boxer might be penalized, including but not limited to: