Originally Posted by znaak
The headguard doesn't take away much force from the actual punch, but I think it's good to prevent cuts from headbutts. Therefore it's quite convenient to use headguards at tournaments or championships, where you need to fight up to six fights.
Exactly. Look at the prizefighter tournament or any other pro tournament where you need to have multiple fights over a short amount of time. The amount of guys who win their fights but don't go through as they get cut and don't get medical clearance.