Did You Know? In 1867, the Marquess of Queensberry boxing rules were drafted for amateur championships that were held at Lillie Bridge in London for Lightweights, Middleweights and Heavyweights. Although he didn’t actual create them, the new rules were published under the patronage of the Marquess of Queensberry, so his name has been linked with them ever since. There were twelve boxing rules in all, and they specified that all fights should be ‘a fair stand-up boxing match’ in a 24-foot-square or similar ring. Rounds were to be 3 minutes long, with a 1-minute rest interval between rounds. Each boxer was to be given a ten-second count if he was knocked down, and wrestling was banned.