General Rules & Regulations

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GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS:

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1. Each MBC International championship bout is to be for ten (10) rounds, of three (3) minutes duration, and one (1) minute rest in between for men and for eight (8) rounds, of two (2) minutes duration, and one (1) minute rest in between.

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2. There will be no standing eight (8) count.

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3. There will be a non-scoring referee and three judges who shall score the contest and determine the winner through the use of the ten points must system. In this system the winner of each round receives ten points and the opponent a proportionately less number. When the round is even, each boxer will receive ten points.

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4. After each round the scorecards will be retrieved from the judges by the referee and handed to the Commissioner and the Representative of the MBC for tallying up.

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WEIGH-IN CEREMONIES:

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1. The initial weigh-in shall be no less than twenty (20) nor more than thirty (30) hours before the start of the bout.
If either Champion or Challenger fails to make the prescribed weight at the official weigh-in time, each will have two hours thereafter to make the prescribed weight.

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2. If a Champion shall fail to make the prescribed weight prior to the expiration of the two additional hours, the title shall be forfeited on the scale.

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The contest may be staged, however, as a fight for the vacant title.

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If the challenger, having made the prescribed weight, shall win, he or she will be declared the winner of the vacant title.

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However, should the former champion win, the title will remain vacant.

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If the Champion makes the weight and the Challenger fails to do so, the fight may be staged with the understanding that the Champion will retain his title whether he or she wins or loses the bout.

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In the event both contestants fail to make the prescribed weight, the sanction of the bout will be withdrawn.

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3. There shall be a second day weigh-in on the morning of the event.

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The promoter of the event shall arrange for the use of the scale at the prearranged time and location for the second day weigh-in.

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At this weigh-in, boxers cannot weigh more than ten (10) pounds over the weight limit.

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If a boxer weighs more than ten (10) pounds over the weight limit, he or she will have two (2) hours thereafter to make the prescribed weight.

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If after two (2) hours he or she still weighs more than ten (10) pounds over the weight limit, the fight cannot proceed as a championship bout.

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If the Champion fails to appear for the second day weigh-in, the title will be vacated.

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If the Challenger fails to appear for the second day weigh-in, the fight may be staged with the understanding that the Champion shall retain his or her title whether he or she wins or loses the bout.

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KNOCKDOWN AND KNOCKOUTS:

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1. A boxer shall be deemed to be down when any part of his body except his or her feet are on the floor, or if he or she 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.

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2. There will be a mandatory eight (8) count when one of the contestants is knocked off the soles of his or her feet or draped helplessly across the ropes.

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If this occurs, the knockdown timekeeper’s count will commence and be picked up by the referee.

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At this point, the referee is in control and the knockdown timer will cease counting.

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3. When a contestant is knocked down, the referee shall audibly announce the count as he or she motions with his or her right arm downward indicating the end of each second of the count.

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If the contestant taking the count is still down when the referee calls the count of ten (10), the referee will wave both arms indicating the contestant has been knocked out.

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4. When a contestant has been knocked down, the referee will order the standing contestant to the farthest neutral corner and begin the count.

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If the contestant standing leaves the corner before the count has been completed, the referee shall discontinue the count and order the standing contestant back into the corner.

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The count will not resume until the standing contestant has returned to the neutral corner.

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5. Three (3) knockdowns in any one round do not automatically terminate the fight.

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If in the referee’s judgment, which must be keen and decisive, the knockdowns have been indecisive and clearly have no injurious effect upon the boxer, the contest may continue but with good sense and judgment and the boxer’s welfare always paramount.

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6. The bell will not save a boxer in any round of the bout.

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If a boxer is “downed” just before the 3-minute bell in any round, the referee’s count shall continue and the bell will not ring until the boxer rises and his or her hands clear the floor.

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ILLEGAL BLOWS AND FOULS:

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1. It is expressly understood that the championship contest will not be terminated by a low blow.
The protector that must be used by both contestants is to be sufficient protection to withstand any so-called low blow.

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2. If one of the contestants shall fall to the ring floor or otherwise indicate an unwillingness to continue because of a low-blow foul, the contest will be terminated and the referee will award the contest to the opponent.

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In the case of an accidental foul as determined by the referee, he shall determine if the boxer who has been fouled 3. can continue or not.

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3. If his or her chances have not been seriously jeopardized as a result of a foul, the referee may order the bout to continue after an interval of not more than five (5) minutes.

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4. Any contestant who deliberately fouls his opponent during a contest will be penalized with loss of points or disqualification, depending upon the severity of the foul and the effect upon the opponent.

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INJURIES (CUTS):

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1. Fair Blows – When an injury (cut) is produced by a fair blow and because of the severity of the same the contest cannot continue, the injured boxer will be declared the loser by TKO.

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2. Unfair Blows (Fouls) – may be the result of:

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a. Intentional fouls that cause a severe cut and the contest has to be terminated. The contestant that committed the foul will be declared the loser by disqualification.

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b. If there is an intentional foul and the contest can continue, a two point deduction for intentional fouls is mandatory.
The referee will notify the judges, the Commissioner and the MBC representative that the injury (cut) was produced by an intentional foul.

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If in the subsequent rounds the injury becomes so severe that the contest has to be suspended, the decision will be awarded as follows:

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3. Technical Draw – if the injured boxer is behind in points or even on the scorecards of the judges when the bout is stopped.

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4. Technical Decision -if the injured boxer is ahead in points on the scorecards of the judges when the bout is stopped.
If the contestant injures himself or herself trying to foul his or her opponent, the referee will not take any action in his favor and the injury will be the same as one produced by a fair blow.

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ACCIDENTAL FOULS:

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If the referee determines that a boxer has been accidentally injured and the bout cannot continue, the referee shall immediately call a Technical Decision, to be awarded to the contestant who is ahead on the scorecards.

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If the fight can continue, the referee will notify the Commissioner and the representative of the MBC of the accidental foul and if the fight has to be terminated because of the injury in a later round as a result of the injury, the fight will be awarded in accordance with the majority vote of the judges as disclosed on the scorecards.

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No Decision will be awarded to any of the contestants if the situation occurs before four rounds have been completed.

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REFEREE:

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The referee shall exercise immediate authority, direction and control over the contest to which he has been appointed.

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1. He or she shall be the only one to determine if injuries have been produced by a foul.

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2. He or she shall be the only one to determine an intentional foul and cause points to be deducted.

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3. He or she shall have the power to stop a contest and render a decision at any stage if he or she considers it to be too one-sided, or if either contestant is in such condition that to continue might subject him or her to serious injury.

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4. The referee may stop the contest to consult with the ringside physician on the advisability of allowing the bout to continue.

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RINGSIDE PHYSICIAN:

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He or she may enter the ring during the round at the request of the referee.

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SECONDS:

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1. No second may enter the ring and assist a boxer back to his or her corner unless the bell has rung, or the bout has been terminated by the referee.

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2. If any corner person stands on the apron or enters the ring during a round, the referee shall disqualify the boxer.

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DRUGS AND STIMULANTS:

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1. The use of drugs, stimulants or injections in any part of the body before or during a match to or by any boxer is prohibited.

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2. This includes smelling salts, ammonia capsules or similar irritants. Any of the contestants violating this rule shall be subject to disqualification.

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3. Any substance other than plain water given to a contestant during the course of the contest is absolutely prohibited.
The discretional use of Vaseline may be allowed around the eyes, however, the use of Vaseline, grease or any other substance on the arms, legs and the body or either contestant is prohibited.

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4. The following coagulants are approved by the Medical Advisory Board for use during a championship bout:
Adrenaline 1.1000; Avitene and Thrombine. Any others must be approved by the ringside physician, the local Commission and the MBC representative.

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The use of Iron type coagulants such as Monsel’s solution are absolutely prohibited and the use of such coagulants to or by any contestant shall be considered a violation and shall be cause for immediate disqualification.

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ANTI-DOPING:

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Each boxer is required to take a urinalysis immediately following the bout. Said specimen must be taken with a ringside physician and Commission inspector on hand.

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The specimens should be taken in a plastic container and properly marked by the physician and boxer.

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It should be divided in two parts for each boxer, with bottles # 1 being submitted to the laboratory.

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Should either boxer’s specimen be positive for drugs, etc., all parties will be notified and another test made at a laboratory selected by the boxer and the local Commission.

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Should that specimen prove positive, disciplinary action will be taken.

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Specimens will be tested for the following drugs:

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Methadone
Barbiturates
D-Amphetamine
Morphine
Glutethimide
Marijuana
Meperidine
Chlorpromazine
Tetrahydrocannabinol
Propoxyphene
Codeine
Anabolic Steroids
Quinine
Cocaine
Pain Killers

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MOUTHPIECES:

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The use of a mouthpiece is mandatory for all boxers.

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No round may start without a boxer’s mouthpiece being in place.

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Should a boxer lose his mouthpiece during a round, the referee will call time and have the mouthpiece replaced at the first opportune moment without interfering with the immediate action.

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WEIGHT OF GLOVES:

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The weight of gloves to be used in title bouts is as follows:

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105-154lbs – 8oz;
155lbs and above – 10oz.

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Also, effective May 2014 all title bouts must be fought with gloves that have attached thumbs. There must be a “backup” set of gloves at ringside should the main gloves get torn.

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BANDAGES:

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The hand bandage shall be restricted to ten (10) yards of soft gauze bandage not more than two (2) inches wide held in place by not more than six (6) feet of surgeon’s tape, one inch wide for each hand.

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In the Light Heavyweight, Cruiserweight and Heavyweight classes, bandages may be twelve (12) yards in length and not more than two (2) inches in width held in place by not more than eight (8) feet of surgeon’s tape, one inch in width for each hand.

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The binding of surgeon’s tape must not be applied within one inch of the knuckles of the contestant’s hands.

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BOXER’S PURSE

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Each boxer participating in this contest shall hereby certify that, to the best of his knowledge, the amount of his purse reported to the MBC in his contract with the promoter under MBC Rule 2 is the true amount of the full gross purse and is prior to any deductions for trainers, managers, promoters and expenses.

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The boxer further acknowledges that if he or she does not report the full amount of the purse he or she is subject to financial liability to the MBC and to the penalties in MBC Rule 14.

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LEGAL ACTION:

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All actions against the MBC shall be filed in the London, United Kingdom regardless of the venue of the bout.

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The boxers, seconds and any and all other representatives of the boxers hereby consent to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of the United Kingdom in the event the MBC files suit against them.

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In any case filed against the MBC in any law court, the laws of the United Kingdom and the MBC Rules Governing Championship Contests shall apply.


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