What Does RTD Mean In Boxing?

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What Does RTD Mean In Boxing?

An RTD is a technical knockout (TKO). It stands for “Referee stops the fight.” or “Retired” This means that after considering the fighter’s physical condition, the referee has decided to end the fight before it reaches its natural conclusion.

The referee will stop the match when he or she believes one fighter has been outclassed by their opponent and is in danger of being seriously injured if they continue fighting.

When Does an RTD Occur? 

An RTD occurs when their opponent has outclassed a boxer to such a degree that continuing with the fight could pose a severe risk of injury. This usually happens when one boxer has sustained multiple punches and is visibly weakened.

Some examples include not defending themselves against their opponent’s punches or when they are pinned against the ropes and cannot move away from their opponent’s attack. In these cases, an RTD will be called as soon as possible to protect the fighter from further harm. 

How Is an RTD Different From Other Knockouts? 

An RTD differs from other types of knockouts because it does not involve physical contact between fighters. Based on observation alone, an RTD occurs when a referee decides that one fighter can no longer defend themselves effectively and should not continue with the match any further due to potential injury risk.

By contrast, other types of knockouts involve physical contact between fighters which leads directly to one boxer being knocked unconscious or otherwise unable to continue fighting safely due to injury sustained during combat. 

What Happens When The Referee Stops The Fight?

If a referee decides to stop a fight, they will usually raise the hand of the fighter ahead on points or who they feel is the less likely to be seriously injured. The decision to stop a fight is always up to the referee, whose decision is final.