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Amateur boxing is a variant of boxing practised at the collegiate level, at the Olympic Games , Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games , as well as many associations. Amateur boxing bouts are short in duration, comprising three rounds of three minutes in men, and four rounds of two minutes in women, each with a one-minute interval between rounds. Men's senior bouts changed in format from four two-minute rounds to three three-minute rounds on January 1, This type of competition prizes point-scoring blows, based on number of clean punches landed, rather than physical power. Also, this short format allows tournaments to feature several bouts over several days, unlike professional boxing , where fighters rest several months between bouts. A referee monitors the fight to ensure that competitors use only legal blows a belt worn over the torso represents the lower limit of punches — any boxer repeatedly landing "low blows" is disqualified. Referees also ensure that the boxers do not use holding tactics to prevent the opponent from punching if this occurs, the referee separates the opponents and orders them to continue boxing.