For official sanctioning of an I.B.O. Championship contest, the following must be complied with:
- A written request for sanctioning must be delivered to the I.B.O. no less than 30 days prior to the date of the contest. Included with the request shall be the record of the proposed Challenger or Challengers.
- Copies of signed bout contracts between the promoter of the bout and each boxer for an I.B.O. Championship contest must be submitted to the I.B.O. no later than 15 days following tentative sanction approval. If the I.B.O. does not receive the signed contracts it may withdraw sanctioning of the fight.
- The payment of sanction fees in accordance with the I.B.O. sanction fee schedule.
Sanction fees shall be payable on the full amount of the boxers’ gross purses prior to any deductions for trainers, managers, promoters and expenses. A boxer’s gross purse includes all sums paid by the promoter of the event and/or by the boxer’s promoter on the boxer’s behalf to promotions companies, including boxer owned or controlled promotion companies, or to promoters or managers of a boxer under any agreement, including, but not limited to, a “Provision of Services Agreement”, a “Bout Coordination Fee” or however else designated; all sums paid to a boxer’s prior or current managers or promoters and /or promotion companies; and all sums withheld for the payment of taxes. All such sums paid on the boxer’s behalf constitute the gross purse.
- The promoter of the event must submit payment of the entire sanction fee for promoters and contestants to the I.B.O. Commission (Supervisor) at the Rules Meeting.
Any or all of the above may be waived by the I.B.O. at its sole and absolute discretion. A waiver with regard to one contest shall not be deemed a waiver of such requirements for any subsequent contest.
The President of the I.B.O. may attend each I.B.O. sanctioned bout and shall assign a Fight Commissioner to attend each sanctioned contest. The promoter of the event shall provide the President and the Fight Commissioner with a first class or business class airline ticket to the site of the contest and shall provide seats on the ring apron for the President and the Fight Commissioner.
Any Champion who enters into a non-title fight without consent of the I.B.O. or having received such consent loses a non-title fight shall be subject to losing his I.B.O. Title at the sole and absolute discretion of the I.B.O.
Any I.B.O. Champion who fights a world Champion of another sanctioning body or concurrently defends the World Title of another sanctioning body must comply with these regulations. Without official sanctioning as required herein, the Champion shall lose his Title upon engaging in such non-sanctioned contest whether he wins or loses.
The Rules and Regulations governing World Championship Contests are expressly incorporated herein. See Exhibit “A”.
2. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS COMMITTEE:
This committee shall consist of three (3) members, which shall include the President of the I.B.O. and the Chairman, both Ex-Officio.
The other member shall be appointed by the President and Chairman of the International Boxing Organization. Following their appointment, the third member of this committee shall serve until their successors have been appointed.
3. MEETINGS OF THE COMMITTEE:
The Committee shall meet at the places and at such times as the Chairman of the Committee shall designate. In the event an important decision must be made and it is not possible to hold a meeting of the Committee, the Chairman of the Committee shall be empowered to request the vote of the members of the Committee by telephone, fax service or e-mail. In that event the Chairman of the Committee shall recommend the approval or rejection of any measure, and if within two (2) days he does not receive the vote of any member of the Committee, the votes not stated of the Committee shall be understood as approving the recommendation of the Chairman. Any resolution of the Championships Committee to be effective must be approved by a majority vote.
4. WEIGHT CLASSES:
World Championships shall be recognized in the following weight classes:
||Not over 105 lbs. (47.63 Kgs.)
||Not over 108 lbs. (48.99 Kgs.)
||Not over 112 lbs. (50.80 Kgs.)
||Not over 115 lbs. (52.16 Kgs.)
||Not over 118 lbs. (53.52 Kgs.)
| Super Bantamweight
||Not over 122 lbs. (55.34 Kgs.)
||Not over 126 lbs. (57.15 Kgs.)
||Not over 130 lbs. (58.97 Kgs.)
||Not over 135 lbs. (61.24 Kgs.)
| Junior Welterweight
||Not over 140 lbs. (63.50 Kgs.)
||Not over 147 lbs. (66.68 Kgs.)
||Not over 154 lbs. (69.85 Kgs.)
||Not over 160 lbs. (72.58 Kgs.)
||Not over 168 lbs. (76.36 Kgs.)
||Not over 175 lbs. (79.38 Kgs.)
||Not over 200 lbs. (90.71 Kgs.)
||Over 200 lbs.
Weight determines Championships and if a Champion shall fail to make the prescribed weight for his class at the official time of the weigh-in as hereinafter prescribed, his Title shall be forfeited on the scales. See Rules and Regulations governing World Championship Contests for current weigh-in rules.
In case of a “force majeure”, or of unfortuitous events that cannot be foreseen by any of the parties, in a program including a Championship fight that must be postponed for a period of no more than 48 hours, a new weigh-in will not be necessary. If the cause for the postponement is any weather phenomenon or any circumstance that can be solved in a period of less than two hours, no decision will be made before that period expires. Any decision in this respect must be made by the I.B.O. Commissioner, in agreement with the Local Commission.
After first receiving approval of the Local Boxing Commission and assuming that the Champion and Challenger agree, the I.B.O. Commissioner may waive strict compliance with the time parameters established for weigh-ins.
6. DEFENSE OF TITLE:
FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
All Champions, with the exception of the Heavyweight Champion, shall defend their Title at least once every nine months unless medically excused therefrom for valid cause and/or at the sole and absolute discretion of the I.B.O. With notice, compliance with this provision shall also require that the IBO receive a formal sanction request, with copies of bout agreements, no less than sixty days prior to the expiration of the nine month period within which a defense is required.
After initially winning the Title and within a period of time stipulated by the I.B.O., the new Champion may be required to defend his Title in a mandatory defense against any boxer designated by the I.B.O. in the I.B.O.’s sole and absolute discretion as it deems beneficial to the division. A newly crowned Champion who was the mandatory Challenger is exempt from this obligation.
During each successive NINE (9) month period after winning the Title, the Champion at the I.B.O.’s sole and absolute discretion may be required to defend his Title in a mandatory defense against the leading available contender as designated by the I.B.O. in the I.B.O.’s sole and absolute discretion as it deems beneficial to the division. Notice shall be given to the promoters of the Champion and mandatory challenger.
The Champion shall also be required to defend his Title in a mandatory defense against the I.B.O. Intercontinental Champion provided that the Intercontinental Champion has held his Title for at least EIGHTEEN (18) months and has defended it at least three times during that period and one of those defenses having been against a challenger in the Top 35 of the rankings. The Heavyweight Champion or any Champion may be excluded from this obligation at the I.B.O.’s sole and absolute discretion.
The fact that a Champion signs a contract for a mandatory defense of his Championship, even though that fight is against the approved and designated Contender as stipulated above, it shall not constitute, in any case, compliance with this regulation, unless the mentioned Title defense effectively takes place within the periods stipulated by the International Boxing Organization. In each instance, and in each division, the Leading Available Contenders shall be defined and determined solely by the I.B.O.
Champions who have been medically or otherwise excused from defending their Title within the proscribed time will subject themselves to a mandatory defense if the I.B.O. sanctions a contest for an “interim” Championship. The Champion shall defend his Title against the interim Champion in his next defense, which shall take place within SIXTY (60) days of the expiration of his medical or other authorized extension. The interim Champion shall be classified as the Challenger in this mandatory contest.
FOR REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
All IBO Intercontinental Champions shall defend their Title at least once every six months unless medically excused therefrom for valid cause and / or at the sole and absolute discretion of the I.B.O.
All other IBO regional Champions shall defend their Title at least once every four months unless medically excused there from for valid cause and / or at the sole and absolute discretion of the I.B.O.
After initially winning the Title and within a period of time stipulated by the I.B.O., of not less than sixty days, any regional Champion may be required to defend his Title in a mandatory defense against any boxer designated by the I.B.O. in the I.B.O.’s sole and absolute discretion as it deems beneficial to the division. A newly crowned Champion who was the mandatory Challenger is exempt from this obligation.
During each successive SIX (6) month period after winning the Title, the Champion at the I.B.O.’s sole and absolute discretion may be required to defend his Title in a mandatory defense against a contender as designated by the I.B.O.
THE SANCTIONING OF ANY CHAMPIONSHIP CONTEST SHALL BE AT THE SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION OF THE I.B.O. NOTWITHSTANDING THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS STATED BELOW.
FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Subject to the approval of the International Boxing Organization and within each NINE (9) month period after winning the Title, the World Champion may defend his Title:
1.) against an opponent selected from the list of thirty-five (35) highest ranked boxers in his category of weight or division, or,
2.) against any opponent between numbers 36-50, provided they meet all of the following additional criteria:
- the challenger must not have lost his last contest.
- the challenger must not have lost two of his last four fights by knock out or stoppage.
- the challenger must have a positive record in his last six fights.
- the challenger must have boxed and won at least one contest of a minimum of 10 rounds duration.
3.) against I.B.O. Intercontinental Champion.
4.) against a champion of another sanctioning body provided however that :
- all officials are nominated and/or approved by the I.B.O., and,
- the fight shall be conducted under the Rules of both sanctioning bodies and,
- the fight shall be designated as a unification bout.
5.) against U.S.B.O., Asia/ Pacific, Latin American, International, Youth, All Africa and Mediterranean Champions provided the Champion has defended his title at least two times, one of which has been against a top 50 opponent.
6.) Against a challenger who would not otherwise be eligible under numbers 1 or 2 above, provided said challenger has been sanctioned by another sanctioning body under circumstances wherein the I.B.O. World Champion concurrently holds the world title of said other sanctioning body.
7.) Against a challenger who would not otherwise be eligible under numbers 1 or 2 above provided that challenger is rated in the top 15 of another major sanctioning body and with further approval of the Chairman of Championships Committee.
FOR INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Against any fighter selected from the I.B.O. Top 100.
FOR U.S.B.O. CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Against any fighter from the U.S.B.O. top 50.
FOR ASIA/PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Against any fighter selected from the Asia/Pacific top 50.
FOR LATIN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Against any fighter selected from the Latin American top 50.
FORINTERNATIONAL,YOUTH, ALL AFRICA and
Against any quality opponent as approved at the sole and absolute discretion of the I.B.O
Upon succeeding to an I.B.O. World Title in accordance with these rules and regulations, the World Champion shall vacate all other Titles other than World Titles retained in approved unification contests. I.B.O. World Champions are not permitted to concurrently hold or engage in a contest for any other Titles unless they are for World Titles in unification bouts approved and sanctioned by the I.B.O. I.B.O. World Champions are permitted to engage in World Championship contests in a different weight division, but the loss of such contest shall subject the Title to be declared vacant at the sole and absolute discretion of the I.B.O. National, International or Regional Titles must be vacated upon winning the I.B.O. World Title.
I.B.O. World Champions are not permitted to engage in a fight designated by another sanctioning body as an eliminator for a ranking position.
Nothing in these regulations shall be construed to prohibit I.B.O. Champions from engaging in a non-title contest with the permission of the I.B.O., provided such contest is not more than TEN (10) rounds, and such contest is in a higher weight division than the Champion. A Champion will automatically lose his recognition as such by the I.B.O. and the Title will be declared vacant if he violates this regulation. Consecutive non-title fights are expressly prohibited.
In any losing challenge by the Intercontinental Champion for the World Title or any loss at his Championship weight, the Intercontinental Title shall be declared vacant.
I.B.O. Regional Champions may concurrently hold or engage in Regional Titles for other sanctioning bodies provided that all bouts for other titles are concurrently sanctioned by the I.B.O.
The loss of any non-title fight shall subject the Title to be declared vacant at the sole and absolute discretion of the I.B.O.
Within a period of NINETY (90) days prior to the date of a mandatory defense imposed by the International Boxing Organization, no World Champion may sign a contract for the defense of his Title, nor may he defend it against any other boxer who is not the designated mandatory contender. The President or Chairman shall advise in writing a World Champion with NINETY (90) days prior notice, of his obligation to defend his Title in a mandatory fight.
The Champion and the Challenger should come to an agreement within the first THIRTY (30) days of the NINETY (90) day period mentioned in the preceding paragraph.
If the Champion and the Challenger cannot reach an agreement, the International Boxing Organization shall determine a date on which it will receive purse bids in auction, this date shall no later than TEN (10) days after the period of THIRTY (30) days referred to in the preceding paragraph.
The Promoter shall pay with respect to all purse bids, and in addition to the sanction fee a non refundable service fee which shall be $2500.00.
The service fee for the purse bid shall be paid at the time in which the promoter submits his bid, being subject to deduction from the purse the amounts corresponding to the World Champion and to the Challenger. The service fee will be reimbursed to the proposing promoters in a purse bid where same is not awarded to them because their bid is inferior to the winning bid. The International Boxing Organization shall retain the service fee of U.S. $2500.00 corresponding to the winning promoter, as service for its participation in said auction, to cover the expenses incurred by the I.B.O. upon calling for an auction for such fight.
Bids below the following minimum amounts will not be considered in a bout between a champion and a challenger:
Notwithstanding the minimum amounts described above, the minimum bid requirements can be waived by the I.B.O. concurrently with setting the date for purse bids.
To insure the integrity of the bidding process, all bids must be submitted in person by promoter or promoter’s representative, by registered or certified mail or by overnight service such as UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc. All bids will be kept confidential until the time designated in the notice for the opening of the bids.
The bids shall be submitted to the office instructed by the President of the International Boxing Organization, in two sealed envelopes, as follows:
ENVELOPE No. 1 – DOCUMENTS:
Envelope No. 1 shall include the following documents:
- Certified check or bank draft in the name of the International Boxing Organization or cash money in U.S. Dollars for the amount of $2500.00 to cover the service fee of the Champion, the Challenger and the Promoter.
- Proof of payment of annual registration fee as Promoter of World Championship Fights of the International Boxing Organization.
- Letter of authorization or Power of Attorney in case the bidder cannot be present and sends a representative in his stead.
- The Promoter who does not comply with the above requisites will be automatically disqualified and will not be able to participate in the purse bid. The International Boxing Organization will return to him all the monies submitted as service fee. The I.B.O. will also return to him Envelope No. 2, BID OFFER, which shall not be opened.
ENVELOPE No. 2 – BID OFFER:
Envelope No. 2 shall include the following documents:
- Include bank draft in the name of the International Boxing Organization, cash or legal tender in U.S. Dollars for the equivalent of TEN (10) PERCENT of the total purse offered, which sum will be net, with no deduction whatsoever.
- Indicate the possible places, no more than three (3), where the fight will take place.
- Indicate the day the fight will take place, which should be no earlier that FORTY-FIVE (45) days nor later than NINETY (90) days after the successful bid has been determined, unless the interested parties mutually agree to stage the fight before the FORTY-FIVE (45) days minimum. Should the promoter not comply with such date, without a justified reason, the World Championships Committee may declare the promoter’s right to promote the World Championship contest forfeited and distribute the guarantee deposit as herein provided.
The promoter must further deliver a non refundable check representing an additional ten percent of the total bid within 10 days following the bid.
The procedures for purse bids of World Championship fights shall be provided to all Promoters. Only bids submitted by bona fide registered promoters will be accepted by the I.B.O.
Should the promoter who won the bid fail, without a justified reason, to promote the World Title contest, then the money deposited with the I.B.O. will be distributed as follows:
To the Champion 75%
To the Challenger 20%
To the I.B.O. 5%
The purse shall be distributed, once the fight is over, as follows:
- Title fights between the Champion and the Mandatory Contender, which take place in the country of origin, residence or nationality of the Champion, the Champion will receive 75% and the Challenger 25% of the purse.
- In Title fights that take place in any other country, the Champion shall receive 80% and the Challenger 20% of the purse.
- In Title fights for a vacant Title or eliminatory fights for a vacant Title or in fights between Challengers as ordered by the I.B.O., the distribution will be as follows:
- If the fight is held in the country of origin, residence or nationality of one of the contenders, such contender shall receive 40% and his opponent 60% of the purse.
- If the fight is held in a neutral place or if contestants are of the same origin, residence or nationality, so that one shall not have an advantage over the other, the purse shall be divided in equal shares between the Contenders.
Notwithstanding the purse bid percentages described herein, if the circumstances so warrant, the Championship’s Chairman or the President may make a recommendation to the Championship’s Committee that a different purse bid split be employed. Any variation in the purse bid percentages from those set forth in this rule must be approved by the Championship’s Committee.
The promoter to whom the promotional rights of a World Championship Contest have been granted as a result of a purse bid may not sell or transfer his rights to a third party, and should he not promote the fight as aforesaid, without a justified reason, he will forfeit his deposit, in which event the I.B.O. will proceed to call for the auction of another purse bid for such Championship contest.
The purse bid will be carried out by the President or Chairman of the International Boxing Organization or by any other person they may designate, at FOUR (4) o’clock PM (1600 hours) in the time of the country in which the President or Chairman or the person so designated is a resident. All persons participating in the purse bid shall be entitled to be present when the bid envelopes are opened.
It is the responsibility of the winning promoter to prepare and provide to the I.B.O. a copy of the contract(s) for the bout signed by both camps as soon as possible, but not later than fifteen (15) days following the bid procedure. This contract shall contain the amount of the purse, the site, the date, the location of the bout and provide for a minimum of three (3) round trip coach air travel to the site of the bout (unless local to the fighter), accommodations for not less than three (3) persons for four (4) nights, payment for all required visas, and for the reasonable cooperation of the contestants to promote the bout. Other terms may be negotiated between the parties and included in the contract, but are not required. The boxing event must be scheduled to take place not less than 45 days and not more than 90 days from the date of the bid award, unless a different date is agreed to in writing by the boxers and/or approved by the Championship’s Committee. The winning promoter shall promptly make travel arrangement for the participants and inform them and the I.B.O. of these arrangements.
Failure to provide the above listed information to the I.B.O., or to schedule the bout within 90 days of the purse bid in accordance with this rule, will automatically cancel the bid and permit the President to recognize the next highest bidder.
The Champion must sign the contract above within fifteen (15) days of the bid and must comply with all the terms and conditions set by the winning bidder. Failure to so comply will result in the title being vacated.
The Challenger in a championship title fight, and both contestants in a fight for a vacant title or an eliminator, must sign the contract (s) referred to within fifteen (15) days of the bid and must comply with all of the terms and conditions set by the winning bidder. Failure to comply will result in the bid being cancelled.
No exceptions to the Regulations can be requested once a purse bid has been called or a contract has been signed for a mandatory. In the event the Challenger becomes unavailable due to injury or illness after the purse bid has been held, the Champion will be ordered to begin negotiations under this rule with the next highest leading available contender. In the event the Champion becomes unavailable due to injury or illness after the purse bid has been held, and such disability has been proven to and accepted by a physician approved by the President of the I.B.O., he may be granted a medical extension not to exceed ninety (90) days. If it is determined by the physician that the Champion will be disabled for a period to exceed ninety (90) days, the Championships Committee may vacate the title.
The boxers are not permitted to take any intervening bouts. If the Champion takes an intervening bout, he will forfeit the title if the Challenger takes an intervening bout, the bid will be cancelled.
7. RETURN BOUT IN CHAMPIONSHIP CONTEST CONTRACTS:
The I.B.O. discourages direct return fight contracts. Direct return fight means any fight where a new Champion defends against the Ex-Champion from whom he won the Title before first defending his Title against any of the other ranked boxers in his category. Should a Championship contest end in a draw decision, or if one contestant is awarded a close and controversial decision over the other, the Championships Committee, in its discretion, may direct the two contestants to meet again for the Championship within a proscribed time.
8. FAILURE OF CHAMPION TO FULFILL CONTRACT:
If a recognized World Champion shall fail, without reasons sufficient and satisfactory to the I.B.O., to fulfill on schedule his contractual obligation to engage in a World Championship contest, the World Championships Committee shall recommend to the President and to the Chairman that recognition of his Title be withdrawn and the Title be declared vacant, provided, however, that if a Champion is justifiably disabled and such disability has been proven to and accepted by the World Championships Committee after the period of time stipulated in Rule 6 has expired, he shall be granted an additional period of grace of not more than 180 days which will be valid for all categories. The time limit must be put to vote and approved by the World Championships Committee. If the Champion’s disability extends beyond the maximum time period, the Title will be declared vacant and a qualifying fight will be staged for the Title in accordance with and as designated by the World Championships Committee. In such an event, the Champion losing the Title due to disability shall be the mandatory Challenger for a period to be determined by the Championships Committee.
9. PROCEDURE WHEN TITLE BECOMES VACANT:
A World Championship can be lost due to non-fulfillment of contract; for inability to fight or to make the required weight; or, for any other reason established in the Rules and Regulations that govern World Championship Contests.
In the event that a World Championship Title becomes vacant, the two (2) leading available contenders as defined by the I.B.O. in their sole and absolute discretion shall fight for the Title and for this purpose they shall be given a period of no more than thirty (30) days to negotiate the best possible contract with a duly qualified Promoter. If the parties cannot come to an agreement in that period of time, the Chairman of the World Championships Committee will request purse offers for such contest in accordance with the procedure established in Article 6 of this Regulation.
The I.B.O. shall maintain for the purposes of appointments, a list of officials (Judges and Referees) licensed to act in World Championship contests. The I.B.O. shall nominate without partiality, and according to availability, officials for World Championship contests. All I.B.O. nominations are subject to approval by the Local Commission who shall be the final designator of officials. All officials are independent contractors, not employed by the I.B.O. Specific officials may be requested or appointed by the Local Commission, in which case they will be approved providing they have Championship experience and are licensed by the Local Commission.
The officials shall be paid for their time and cooperation in conducting any World Championship contest a fee by the promoter in accordance with the current fee schedule.
No official may request any other payment save as therein provided under penalty of suspension or cancellation of his license. It is the responsibility of the Commission or authority under whose jurisdiction the contest takes place that the official be paid as delineated above. Any official not approved by the I.B.O. and the Local Commission will not be authorized to act in a World Championship contest.
The officials appointed by the I.B.O. must be present two (2) days in advance of the date in which the Championship fight will take place, in the site of the event. The promoter must send air tickets in coach class to the officials and a business-class ticket to the I.B.O. Commissioner and the President of the I.B.O. The promoter must also make the corresponding room and board arrangements for these officials, on his account.
12. WEIGHT OF GLOVES:
The weight of gloves to be used in Championship Contests shall be as follows:
-From Strawweight up to and including Welterweight shall use eight (8) ounce gloves.
-From Light Middleweight up to and including Heavyweight shall use ten (10) ounce gloves.
13. EXCEPTION TO REGULATIONS:
The World Championships Regulations may be amended at any time in relation to any matter by way of an exception or special case, provided such amendment is approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. A request for an exception must be in writing setting forth the reasons for making such a request. Said written request shall be accompanied by a non-refundable Exception application fee to be determined by the I.B.O. Any promoter, boxer or manager requesting an exception to these regulations must indemnify the I.B.O. against any losses or damages including but not limited to all costs and attorneys fees arising out of any litigation occasioned by the granting of a special exception. The indemnification must be in writing and in form and content acceptable to the I.B.O. before any exception is granted. The granting of a special exception under this Rule 13 shall be at the sole and absolute discretion of the I.B.O. If the exception is granted, it will be granted conditioned upon the affected participant reserving the right to file an Appeal under the procedure in Rule 15 prior to a final decision. Upon notification that the affected participant does not intend to file an Appeal, the decision of the Board of Directors shall become final.
14. ATTENDANCE OF AN I.B.O. COMMISSIONER AT ALL SANCTIONED WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CONTESTS:
The President or Chairman of the I.B.O. shall attend and/or assign a Commissioner of the I.B.O. (“Supervisor”) to attend, each World Championship contest sanctioned by the I.B.O.
The duties of such Commissioner shall be to represent the I.B.O. The I.B.O.’s role in all such contests is expressly limited to:
- sanctioning the contest as an I.B.O. Championship contest.
- stipulating that the contest be fought between opponents eligible to do so in accordance with the I.B.O. Ratings and these Championship Rules and Regulations.
- nominating officials to be approved by the Local Commission.
- presenting an I.B.O. Championship Title Belt to the winner of the contest.
In making such assignment of the Commissioner, the President shall consider the qualifications of such assignee with regard to knowledge and experience in World Championship matters of the I.B.O. The International Boxing Organization representative shall submit a complete report within TEN (10) following the contest to the President and Chairman, which shall cover the expenses of, and other matters pertinent to the assignment.
15. GRIEVANCES AND APPEALS:
- Grounds for Appeal
- Miscalculation of the score where the correct score would change the outcome of the fight;
- Inappropriate conduct by the referee which is alleged to have affected the outcome of the fight;
- Misconduct on the part of the judges or referee which is alleged to have had a material effect on the outcome of the fight;
- Previous imposition of penalties by the I.B.O.;
- Any other alleged violation of the rules of the I.B.O. that may have a detrimental effect on the rights of the complainant;
- The granting of an exception under Rule 13.
- Form and Timing of Appeal
All appeals shall be in writing from the complainant or his designated representative and shall be sent to the President of the I.B.O. within ten (10) business days from the date of the subject fight, any alleged infraction of the rules, or from the date an exception is granted under Rule 13. Failure to appeal within ten (10) business days shall constitute a waiver of the right to Appeal.
- Contents of the Notice of Appeal
The Appeal shall list with specificity each alleged discrepancy/ground for Appeal and/or infraction of a rule of the I.B.O. and explain the effect of said infraction or claimed discrepancy on the complainant.
All requests for a hearing before the Grievances and Appeals Committee by any complainant must be in writing and accompanied by a certified check payable to the I.B.O. in the amount of $5,000.00 to cover the expense of such a hearing. The $5,000.00 fee is non-refundable and shall be delivered to the President of the I.B.O. at the time the Appeal is filed.
- Notification of Hearing
The President shall notify the complainant of the time, place and date set for the hearing. The President shall further provide all interested parties with a copy of the written appeal and inform them of the time, place and date of the hearing. All interested parties may be heard at the hearing.
- Panel to Hear Appeal
The President of the I.B.O. will appoint a Chairperson and two additional members to the Committee to hear the Appeals. They will be selected according to the type of Appeal under consideration. Each panel must be approved by the Board of Directors of the I.B.O. The Committee may ask for the testimony of witnesses and shall make as many or any kind of investigations as it deems necessary. After completion of the hearing, the panel will present its findings to the President, who, after consultation with the Championships Committee shall take that action deemed appropriate based upon said recommendation.
- Notification of Result
The complainant shall be notified in writing of the result of the hearing within twenty (20) business days of the hearing.
- Exhaustion of Remedies
Any person(s) aggrieved must file and exhaust the internal Appeal procedure prior to taking other actions, including commencing litigation under Rule 16.
- Applicable Law
In all cases filed against the I.B.O. in State or Federal court, the laws of the State of Florida shall apply.
Any promoter or boxer requesting sanction for a bout from the I.B.O. and all seconds and any all other representatives of the boxers participating in a fight
sanctioned by the I.B.O. (hereinafter “Party” or “Parties”) hereby consent to submit to the jurisdiction of the federal or state courts in Florida in the event the I.B.O. files suit against them. All actions filed by any Party against the I.B.O. shall be filed in the State of Florida.
- Duty to Protect, Defend, Hold Harmless and Indemnify
If the I.B.O. becomes a party to any legal proceeding as a result of any Party’s action or omission, the Party shall defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the I.B.O., it’s employees, officers, directors, and agents, for all claims, damages, costs and expenses incurred therein by the I.B.O., including attorney’s fees. If the I.B.O. is made a party defendant in a lawsuit and the case is dismissed or resolved in favor of the I.B.O. , the plaintiff(s) shall pay all the costs and expenses of litigation, including, but not limited to, attorney’s fees incurred by the I.B.O.
- Limitation of Liability and Disclaimer
In no event shall the I.B.O. be liable to any Party for punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages, including, but not limited to, lost profits, loss of earning capacity, delay, interest or attorneys’ fees, directly or indirectly resulting from any act or omission of the I.B.O., it’s employees, officers, directors or agents.
- Exclusive Remedy
The sole and exclusive monetary remedy, both pre litigation and post litigation, for any Party for alleged acts or omissions of the I.B.O. shall be limited to the return of the sanction fees, expenses, or costs the Party has paid to the I.B.O. for the underlying event giving rise to the Party’s claim.
Should any Champion or Challenger be found in violation of any of the rules of the I.B.O. or should any Champion, Challenger or corner man be found to have acted in an unsportsmanlike or unprofessional manner, by a majority vote of the Board of Directors, the Champion or the Challenger may be subject to fine, forfeiture of the monies, vacation of the title or any other disciplinary action directed by the Board of Directors for the good of the organization. The boxer(s) subjected to discipline under this rule has a right to appeal the findings of a violation or the imposition of disciplinary action, or both, under Rule 15, Appeal’s Procedure.
The following are the agreed to rules and
regulations of the I.B.O. for the World Championship bout of _____ pounds
between the Champion ____________________ of __________ and the Challenger
____________________ of __________ on the _____ day of the month
_______________ of the year _____. This
Championship contest shall be governed by these rules and regulations and by
the rules and regulations of the local Commission. The I.B.O. and the local Commission
agree that in the event of any unresolved conflict between I.B.O. rules and
local rules the Unified Rules of Boxing propounded by the A.B.C. shall prevail.
The I.B.O. Commissioner must be given a seat in the technical zone next to the
ring and shall conduct the tabulation of the scoring with the local Commission. By acceptance of these Rules and Regulations
governing World Championship Contests, the parties further agree to be bound by
the Championship Rules and Regulations as promulgated and published by the
GENERAL RULES AND
World Championship contests must be twelve (12) rounds duration. Each round shall be of three (3) minutes
duration with one (1) minute intermission between rounds.
judges shall score the contests and determine the winner through the use of the
ten (10) point must system. In this
system, the winner of each round receives ten (10) points and the opponent and
appropriately lesser number. Under
no circumstances will the scoring be less than ten to seven exclusive of
penalty point deductions. When the
round is even, each boxer receives ten points.
scorecards will be picked up after each round and the tally made by the I.B.O.
Fight Commissioner in conjunction with the local Commission.
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WEIGHT AND WEIGH-IN
for a World Championship contest shall be weighed on the day prior to the
scheduled match at a place and at a time as determined by the local Commission
and in the presence of a Commission representative and the International Boxing
Organization Commissioner. The
scales to be used at the official weigh-in must be available to both
contestants at least two hours prior to the official weigh-in.
determines Championships, if either of the contestants (Champion or Challenger)
fails to make the prescribed weight at the official weigh-in, they have two
hours to re-weigh and make weight in the presence of the I.B.O. Commissioner and
or the local Commission.
the Champion fails to make the weight, the title will be declared vacant, but
the fight may still continue as a Championship bout. If the Challenger wins, he shall be
declared the new Champion. If the
Challenger fails to make the weight, the bout shall go on as a non-title
bout. If the contest is for a
vacant title and one of the Challengers fails to make the weight, the fight may
continue as a Championship bout and if Challenger who has made the weight wins,
he shall be declared the new Champion.
no circumstances will the I.B.O. participate in, or sanction a bout for its
title when one fighter is overweight; when there is a difference of more than
10 pounds between the two participants when the lighter of the two weighs more
than 160 pounds and not more than 175 pounds; or 8 pounds between the two
participants when the lighter of the two weighs more than 147 pounds and not
more than 160 pounds; or 6 pounds between the two participants when the lighter
of the two weighs more than 135 pounds and not more than 147 pounds; or 4
pounds between the two participants when the lighter of the two weighs more
than 112 pounds and not more than 135 pounds; or 2 pounds between the two
participants when the lighter of the two weighs more than 112 pounds.
EXAMINATION AND SAFETY STANDARDS:
In order to encourage the
preservation and protection of the health and welfare of boxers who compete in
bouts that are sanctioned for the I.B.O. title, both the Champion and the
Challenger must submit all required medical reports and meet all medical
standards as required by the local Commission having jurisdiction over the
bout. Failure to do so will result
in the withdrawal of the I.B.O. sanction.
Prior to the contest, each
contestant must also receive a physical examination and approval by the
physician appointed by the local Commission. The examination shall meet the standards
as dictated by the local Commission. At least two physicians shall be present at ringside and be seated at
close proximity to each boxer’s corner.
The promoter and/or the local
Commission acknowledge that if the bout takes place in the U.S., they have
complied with and met the safety standard requirements as promulgated by the
Professional Boxing Safety Act of 1996 and herein indemnify the I.B.O. against
any failure to do so.
KNOCKDOWN AND KNOCKOUT:
boxer shall be considered to be “down” when any part of his body, other than
his feet, are on the canvas, or if he is hanging helplessly over the ropes as a
result of a legal blow as ruled by the referee, who is the only person
authorized to determine this, or he is still rising from the down position and
not standing upright.
mandatory eight (8) count rule shall be in effect in all I.B.O. Championship
bouts. No standing eight (8) is
permitted. Three (3) knockdowns in
any one round does not automatically terminate the fight. If in the referee’s judgment, the knockdowns
have been indecisive and clearly with no injurious effect upon the boxer, the
contest may be continued but with good sense and judgment and the boxer’s
welfare always paramount.
the contestant is knocked down, the referee shall audibly announce the count as
he motions with his right arm downward indicating the end of each second of the
count. If the contestant taking the
count is not standing in a complete upright position when the referee calls the
count of ten (10), the referee shall waive both arms indicating that the
contestant has been knocked out.
a contestant has been knocked down, the referee shall order the opponent to the
farthest neutral corner of the ring and pick up the count from the time keeper
or official counting for knockdowns. Should the opponent fail to stay in the corner as directed by the
referee, the referee shall stop the count and redirect the contestant to go
back to the corner and resume the count at the point that it was
interrupted. In the event of any knockdown,
the timekeeper’s count will cease when picked up by the referee whose count
shall prevail and be relied on by the contestant.
contestant who has been knocked out of the ring (body off the apron) as a
result of a legal blow may not be helped back in by his corner men. The referee shall allow the contestant
twenty (20) seconds to re-enter the ring and stand. Should the contestant fail to re-enter
the ring on his own before the allotted time, the referee shall wave both arms
to indicate that he has been knocked out, and the hand of his opponent as the
contestant may not be saved by the bell in any round. If a contestant is down, and the round
has terminated, the referee shall continue the count until the contestant rises
or he is counted out. If a
contestant fails to rise before the count of ten (10), he shall be declared a
loser by knockout in the round just concluded.
ILLEGAL BLOWS AND FOULS:
is expressly understood that a World Championship contest is not to be terminated
by the effects of a low blow. The
protection that must be used by both contestants is sufficient protection to
withstand any so-called low blow, which might incapacitate either one of the
one of the contestants, after the referee instructs him to continue, indicates
an unwillingness to continue because of a claim of a low blow, the contest
shall be terminated and the contest shall be awarded to his opponent.
case of any type of accidental foul, the referee shall determine if the fouled
contestant can immediately continue or not. If the referee determines that his
chances have been jeopardized as a result of the foul, the referee may order an
interval of not more than five (5) minutes rest. The bout shall continue thereafter, if
caused by a low blow. For any other kind of accidental foul, if the referee
determines that the injured boxer is unable to continue after the five (5)
minute rest period, the rules governing Accidental Fouls shall apply.
contestant who deliberately fouls his opponent during a contest shall be
penalized with a deduction of points or disqualification, depending on the
severity or harmlessness of the foul and its effect on the opponent. If an intentional foul causes an injury
and the bout is allowed to continue, the referee will notify the authorities
and deduct two points from the boxer who caused the foul.
INJURIES CAUSING A
TERMINATION OF BOUT:
1. FAIR BLOWS:
injury is produced by a fair blow, and because of the severity of the injury
the contest cannot continue, the injured boxer shall be declared the loser by a
2. SELF SUSTAINED:
If a boxer
injured himself, such as a broken bone or sprain, or is unable to continue for
any other self sustained physical reason, he shall lose by technical knockout.
3. INTENTIONAL FOULS:
contestant intentionally fouls his opponent and as a result, an injury is
produced, and due to the injury, if in the referee’s opinion the contestant
cannot continue, the offender shall be declared the loser by
disqualification. If in the
subsequent rounds the same injury should become so severe that the contest has
to be suspended, the decision will be awarded as follows:
draw, if the injured boxer is behind on points even on the score cards of the
decision, if the injured boxer is ahead on points on the score cards of the
If a contestant injures
himself trying to foul his opponent, the referee will not take any action in
his favor, the injury will be considered as produced by a fair blow from his
4. ACCIDENTAL FOULS:
referee sees or determines that a boxer has been accidentally injured by his
opponent so that he cannot continue, a technical decision shall be awarded to
the contestant who is ahead in points on the score cards.
If under the
same circumstances, the fight can continue, the referee shall notify the
judges, the Commission and the International Boxing Organization’s Fight
Commissioner, that the injury has been caused by an accidental foul, so that if
in the subsequent rounds the injury becomes so severe that the bout has to be
stopped, the decision shall be awarded to the contestant ahead on the score
cards. If a bout has to be stopped
as a result of an accidental foul before four (4) rounds have been completed,
the bout will result in “no decision”. The fourth round shall be deemed to have ended when the bell rings
ending the fourth round.
referee shall be the chief official in every Championship contest and he shall
maintain supervision and control over the contest while it is in progress.
any Championship contest shall begin, the referee shall ascertain the name of
the Chief Second of each contestant and shall hold said Chief Second
responsible for the conduct of his respective corner. Shaking hands by the contestants is recommended immediately following the
referee is empowered to enforce the Rules and Regulations of the local
Commission and the Rules and Regulations of the I.B.O. pertaining to the
conduct and behavior of contestants.
referee shall be the only person authorized to determine if injuries were the
result of legal blows, accidental fouls or intentional fouls.
referee shall have the power to stop a contest and render a decision at any
stage if he considers it to be one-sided; or, if either contestant is in such
condition that to continue might subject him to serious injury.
a boxer sustains an injury from a blow or foul that the referee believes may
incapacitate the boxer, the referee is empowered to interrupt the contest and
consult with the ring physician an the advisability of allowing the bout to
continue. The referee is the only
one permitted to signal the end of a bout.
ringside physician may enter the ring during the course of the round only at
the request of the referee. The
ringside physician may enter the ring between rounds on his own and advise the
referee about the condition of either opponent.
DRUGS AND STIMULANTS:
administration or use of drugs, injections or stimulants, either before or
during a match, to any boxer or by any boxer, is prohibited. This includes smelling salts, ammonia
capsules or similar irritants.
local Commission shall order anti-doping examinations immediately before or
after the contest. The urine sample
shall be supplied in the presence of a member of the local Commission, the
Commission physician or his appointee and representative of the boxer.
shall be collected in a sterile container and shall be divided in two (2) equal
parts also in sterile containers. The specimen shall be labeled with the boxer’s name, date, time and
place. The specimen shall be sealed
in the presence of the above witnesses and signed by them. The second specimen shall be used in
case of doubt, spilling or argument.
If it becomes necessary to
examine the second specimen, the boxer in question or his representative, may
observe, in detail, the opening and analysis of the specimen. The boxer or his representative may be
accompanied by a qualified adviser selected by them.
The boxer shall indicate at
the time he gives the specimen if he’s under medication. If the boxer is under medication, he shall
provide evidence that he is using it for therapeutic purposes by means of
medical certification and such medication must not be prohibited by the local
Commission. Any drugs prohibited by the local Commission or the International
Olympic Committee shall be considered illegal drugs by the I.B.O., whether
considered performance enhancing or not and shall subject the violator to loss
of title and/or fines at the I.B.O.’s sole and absolute discretion.
substance other than plain water or approved electrolyte drinks given to a
contestant, during the course of the bout, is absolutely prohibited. For the purposes of this paragraph,
approved electrolyte drinks shall mean such common sports drinks such as:
Gatorade, Powerade, Accelerade, Cytomax, and G Push, or any other sports drink
not expressly prohibited by the International Olympic Committee. A discretional amount of lubricant may
be used around the eyes, however, the use of lubricants, grease or any other
foreign substance on the arms, legs or body is prohibited.
discretional use of coagulants approved by the ringside physician, such as,
adrenalin (1/1000), may be allowed between rounds to stop bleeding of minor
cuts or lacerations sustained by a contestant during the course of the fight.
use of “iron type” coagulants, such as, Monsel’s solution, is absolutely
prohibited. The administration of
any “iron type” coagulants by or to any contestant is considered as a violation
and shall be grounds for disqualification.
weight of gloves to be used in World Championship contests shall be as follows:
a) Light Middleweights,
up to and including Heavyweights, shall use ten (10) ounce gloves.
b) Light Flyweights, up
to and including Welterweights, shall use eight (8) ounce gloves.
local Commission’s inspector shall inspect the gloves of each contestant prior
to the beginning of the contest to insure that the gloves are free of any
foreign substance that could be detrimental to an opponent, and are properly
laced and taped.
Commission shall verify before the contest that rings used in World
Championship contests shall be no less than eighteen (18) feet (5,486m) nor
more than twenty-four (24) feet (7,315m) by side within the ropes.
amount and type of hand wraps to be used in Championship contests shall be as
a) In all weight
classes, hand wraps shall be restricted to twenty (20) yards of soft gauze not
more than two (2) inches in width, held in place by not more than eight (8)
feet of adhesive tape, one and one half (1 ½) inches in width, for each
b) Adhesive tape shall
not cover any part of the knuckles when the hand is clenched to make a fist.
The local Commission
shall inspect the bandages to insure that they comply with these and all local
in I.B.O. bouts are required to wear a mouthpiece during competition. No bout may commence unless each
contestant has a back-up mouthpiece in the corner. The round cannot begin without a
mouthpiece in place. If the
mouthpiece is dislodged during competition, the referee will call time and
replace the mouthpiece at the first opportune moment without interfering with
the immediate action. Points may be
deducted by the referee if he feels the mouthpiece is being purposely spit out.
against the I.B.O. shall be filed in the State of Florida regardless of the
venue of the bout. The boxers, promoters and any and all other representatives
of the boxers hereby consent to submit to the jurisdiction of the federal or
state courts in Florida in the event the I.B.O. files suit against them. In any
case filed against the I.B.O. in state or federal court, the laws of the state
of Florida and the I.B.O. Championship Rules and Regulations shall apply.
Champion will wear the Championship belt when coming into the ring, which will
be given to the referee, and by him to the I.B.O. Commissioner at
ringside. The World Champion shall
also wear an I.B.O. World Champion patch on the front of his boxing
trunks. At the end of the contest,
before the result is announced, the I.B.O. Commissioner and the Chairman of the
local Commission, or his representative, shall be invited into the ring to
immediately proceed with the Championship belt ceremony.
does not arrange, promote, organize, produce or supervise Championship
contests. It merely propounds rules
governing the contest to be applied in conjunction with local rules, licenses
the use of its name and awards the Championship belt to the winner.
scheduling of bouts, safety standards, supplying of safety equipment,
ambulances, evacuation and emergency procedures, the provision of doctors or
any of the attendant and peripheral matters necessary to supervise and
administer any fight for which it has sanctioned the use of it’s name are
always arranged by the promoters under the supervision, control and in
accordance with the rules of the local Commission. It is the obligation of the promoters and
or the local Commission to meet all governmental safety standards and to pay
for the above services provided at the contest including, but not limited to
payment to the referee, judges, inspectors, doctors and ambulance service and
all peripheral and attendant matters.
undersigned, have read, understand and agree to the Rules and Regulations of
the International Boxing Organization governing World Championship contests and
all matters contained herein and agree that the bout will be conducted in accordance
with these rules and the rules of the local Boxing Commission under the sole
supervision and control of the local Boxing Commission.