The International Boxing Association confirmed the rule changes in what appears to be a move inspired by the success of pro-am events such as the World Series of Boxing.
Though concerns over brain injuries caused by the sport continue to rise, the Rio 2016 Olympics will see male boxers compete without their head guards, which have been in place since before the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles.
AIBA’s medical commission chairman Charles Butler feels there are also numerous studies which show that fighting without head guards can in fact decrease the risk of concussion.
''There's no evidence protective gear shows a reduction in incidence of concussion,'' Butler said.
''In 1982, when the American Medical Association moved to ban boxing, everybody panicked and put headgear on the boxers, but nobody ever looked to see what the headgear did.''
The sport moved to a punch-counting system after infamous results in Seoul, including Roy Jones Jr.'s loss.
But the computer system has been highly subjective, often turning the sport into a sparring session that emphasizes punch volume over technique and ring generalship.
''Boxing isn't bean-counting,'' Butler said. '
'The thing that makes (the computer system) dangerous is if you're a boxer, you know you're not going to get a point for a body shot, so what are you going to do except punch the head?
“There were no points given for combinations. You might get one point. If a kid was a counterpuncher, you'd lose.''