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 I.B.O. AND AVAILABLE ON THE I.B.O. WEBSITE.
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
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
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 winner.
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
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 contestants.
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.
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:
a) Technical draw, if the injured boxer is behind on points
even on the score cards of the judges.
b) Technical decision, if the injured boxer is ahead on
points on the score cards of the judges.
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
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’s instructions.
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.
6. If 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
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, WADA, or the VADA prohibited substance list shall be considered an
anti-doping violation 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.
5. The 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.
1. The weight of gloves to be used in World
Championship contests shall be as follows:
Middleweights, up to and including Heavyweights, shall use ten (10) ounce
b) Light Flyweights,
up to and including Welterweights, shall use eight (8) ounce gloves.
2. The 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.
1. The amount and type of hand wraps to be
used in Championship contests shall be as follows:
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 hand.
b) Adhesive tape
shall not cover any part of the knuckles when the hand is clenched to make a
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.
The expression by any party of a lack of knowledge of the I.B.O
Rules and Regulations World Championship Contests or the Championship
Rules will not be a cause for any exception or objections to the aforementioned
rules which are available on the I.B.O website www.iboboxing.com .
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.
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