MBC INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RULES
Article 1 – Introduction
1.1. Subject to the following, any Boxer shall be permitted to issue a challenge for the title of MBC International Champion. Such challenges must be made by either the registered manager of said boxer or by a recognised and registered promoter.
Article 2 – Role of the MBC
2.1. International Championships shall be controlled by the MBC through the MBC International Board which shall be responsible for conducting such Championships in accordance with these Regulations.
Article 3 – Eligibility
To be eligible to take part in a contest for an MBC International Championship a Boxer must :
3.1. be at least 18 years of age ; and
3.2. have competed in at least two six or one eight round bout previously
3.3. be licensed by a recognised National or Local Association ; and
3.4. be approved by the MBC International Board.
3.5. not holding any World or Inter-Continental Title of any Federation.
Article 4 – Mandatory Defences
4.1. An MBC International Champion shall defend his title in a contest with the Official Challenger within a maximum nine (9) months of having won it or having defended it successfully;
4.2. Should the Official Challenger be unable or unwilling to engage in a contest against the MBC International Champion, the Champion shall defend his title against the highest ranked person available in the most recent published Ratings.
4.3. The period of time of any postponement granted for any mandatory defence that goes beyond the regulatory time period of nine (9) months has to be cut from the following defence period.
Article 5 – Voluntary Defences
5.1. An MBC International Champion may defend his title voluntarily only against a Boxer agreed by the MBC International Board and save in so far as a voluntary defence does not prevent the MBC International Champion from fulfilling his obligations in relation to the mandatory defence of his title.
Article 6 – Championship Arrangements
6.1. Mandatory Defences
6.1.1. Following nomination by the Classifications Commission of the Official Challenger or, where necessary, a substitute, the two Boxers who are to box for the title and the Promoter approved by the MBC International Board to promote the contest shall have four (4) months within which to make the necessary arrangements for the contests to take place.
The said Promoter shall notify the MBC International Board of the arrangements and provide the MBC Head Office copies of said contracts he or she has entered into with both Boxers.
6.1.2 The contracts must be lodged with the MBC International Board at least thirty (30) days before the date of the contest, failing which the MBC International Board shall have discretion to stop the contest taking place.
6.1.3 The contest must take place before the expiration of the four months period.
6.1.4. Except with the written authorisation of the MBC International Board neither an MBC International Champion nor a Challenger for his title, whether Official or otherwise, shall box less than 28 days before he is due to box for a MBC International title from the date of opening of the purse or from the date of a signed agreement, if the fight is scheduled by agreement.
6.1.5. A contest for an MBC International title whose date and venue have been arranged cannot be postponed save in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the MBC International Board.
6.1.6. Save as provided in paragraph (6-1), where a mandatory defence of the MBC International title, whose date and venue has been arranged, cannot take place for whatever reason then the MBC International Board may, at its absolute discretion, put out a contest for that International title on such terms as it deems fit.
6.2. Voluntary Defences
6.2.1. An MBC International Champion wishing to defend his title voluntarily must first obtain the approval of the MBC International Board. The full record of the prospective challenger shall be submitted to the MBC International Board for approval;
(ii) If the MBC International Board approves the voluntary defence the MBC International Champion shall not engage in a voluntary defence of his title against any other opponent prior to the approved contest;
6.2.2. A voluntary defence, which date and place has been accepted by the MBC International Board can not be postponed, if the reason is unavailability of the Challenger.
The Champion can defend against another rated opponent on the accepted date, if a substitute can be found.
6.2.3. If a proposed voluntary defence is not approved by the MBC International Board, any contracts which may have been entered into between the Boxers, the Managers and any Promoters shall be null and void;
6.2.4. For the avoidance of doubt, the successful voluntary defence of his title by an MBC International Champion shall not have any effect on his obligations in relation to the mandatory defence of his title;
6.2.5. If the MBC International Champion loses his title in a voluntary defence, the new MBC International Champion has to meet his Official Challenger before being allowed any voluntary defence and this within a period of three (3) months from the date when the new Champion won the title.
6.2.6. An MBC International Champion who wins the title in a voluntary defence must make a mandatory defence of his title prior to any voluntary defence.
6.3.1. If, between the date when the Official Challenger has been nominated by the Classifications Commission and the time limit by which the contest must take place the following shall occur:
(a) When the MBC International Champion is beaten, he shall be deprived of his or her MBC International title and his opponent shall qualify to meet the Official Challenger in a contest for the MBC International title;
(b) When the Official Challenger is beaten in a contest, then, unless otherwise determined by the Classifications Commission at its complete discretion, he shall be replaced by the highest rated and available contender who accepts to be the next Official Challenger.
Article 7 – Purse Offers
7.1. In the event that no contracts are lodged with the MBC International Head Office within three months of the Official Challenger having been nominated, the General Secretary of the MBC shall publicly notify all that Purse Offers are requested for a contest between the relevant MBC International Champion and the Official Challenger.
7.2. All payments must be made in Euro (€)
7.2.1. The recognised National or Local Association of the Country in which the contest takes place shall be responsible for ensuring that the purses are paid irrespective of whether the contest has been put out for purse offers and will also responsible for ensuring that the sums due to be paid are transferred, where necessary, out of the jurisdiction. Payment to both Boxers must be completed immediately following the contest, according to the terms of the contracts.
7.3. Purse Offers shall be sent to the MBC International Head Office within 21 days of a request for purse offers having been notified publicly.
All purse offers shall be submitted directly by registered Promoters by special delivery.
7.4. If either:
7.4.1. No purse offers are received within the time limit specified
7.4.2. The purse offer or offers received are considered by the MBC International Board, at its absolute discretion, to be of an reasonable amount; the MBC then calls for a new purse bid procedure by public notification. In such circumstances, the MBC International Board may direct that purse offers are to be submitted within such period as it deems fit. When purse offers are called for the second time, the short terms shall be of 15 days and the very short terms shall be of 7 days.
7.5. No contest will be approved by the MBC International Board unless it is to be promoted by a Promoter licensed by an affiliated National Association.
7.6. Purse offers shall be inclusive of all ancillary rights and, specifically, shall include the possible televising, broadcasting or screening of the contest by film or other means. The sum to be received by the visiting Boxer or Boxers shall be free of all taxes (whether federal, national or municipal).
7.7. The promoter winner of the purse offers shall have 15 days time to specify the date of the contest. He shall organise the contest within 60 days from the date of opening of the bids but not before 21 days from such a date, unless agreement of the involved parties.
7.8. If a promoter winner of purse offers withdraws from the promotion of the contest, the MBC will ask the second bidder if he accepts to conform his bid to the first one. If he refuses, the new purse offers will be called forthwith in very short terms.”
7.10. The contender (champion or challenger) who withdraws from a mandatory MBC International contest, except for reason independent from his will:
shall no longer be eligible as official challenger for the period of 6 full months.
Article 8 – Purse Money
8.1. In the event of an MBC International Championship being submitted for Purse Offers, such purse shall be divided as follows : · 60% to the Champion · 40% to the Challenger
8.2. In the event of the title being vacant, the Purse shall be divided on the basis of 50% for both Boxers.
Article 9 – Officials
9.1. Contests for MBC International Championships, shall be controlled by a Referee (non scoring) and by three neutral Judges, whose decision shall be final.
9.2. The MBC shall appoint a Supervisor who shall act as overall supervisor of the arrangements for each MBC International Championship Contest. He or she will act as the Official in charge of all matters concerning the MBC in relation to each such contest save for deciding the winner.
9.3. The MBC shall nominate the Referee, Supervisor and Judges for MBC International Championship Contest.
9.4. The Referee, Supervisor and Judges must be contacted by a representative of the promoter immediately on their arrival at the town where the contest is taking place. The Referee, Supervisor and Judges if possible shall not stay at the same hotel as the Boxers.
9.5. In all cases the Timekeeper will be a Licence holder of and appointed by the recognised National or Local Association in the Country where the contest in held.
9.6. At least two ringside seats in the front row shall be reserved for members of the MBC International Board at Championship contests.
Article 10 – Referees for International Championship Contests
10.1. Every year recognised National and Local Associations shall forward to the MBC Officials Commission a current list of Referees which they consider competent to officiate at contests under the auspices of the MBC.
10.2. Prior to certifying that a Referee is recognised by the MBC, the MBC Head Office must be in possession of a “curriculum vitae” of each candidate clearly recording his experience as a boxing official.
10.3. Referees having been appointed to officiate in an MBC International contest and considered to have been unsatisfactory may be removed from the list of Referees recognised by the MBC after consideration of the case by the Officials Commission approved by the MBC International Board acting on the report of the Supervisor present at the contest.
10.4. Referees shall not be permitted to referee after they have reached the age of 70 years and 75 years for the judges. They terminate the current year.
Article 11 – Accommodation of Ring Officials and Supervisor
11.1. Referees, Judges and Supervisor shall be entitled to payment of their travelling expenses from airport to airport.
Ring Officials and MBC Supervisor’s accommodation expenses are the responsibility of the Promoter.
All expenses, for the Ring officials and Supervisor, must be paid by the Promoter to the MBC Supervisor at the official weigh-in.
11.2. The expenses for all Ring officials are as follows:
MBC International Championships (1 Referee + 3 Judges):
Referee: € 300,00
Judge: € 300,00
Supervisor: € 300,00
Article 12 – Forfeiture of title
If a Champion or a Challenger refuses to abide by the decision of the MBC International Board concerning the arrangement of a Championship contest, for whatever reason, he or she may be :
12.1. Deprived of his or her title ; or
12.2. Be declared ineligible to challenge for an MBC International Championship until the expiration of six months from the date he or she is notified by the MBC of his or her ineligibility.
Article 13 – Loss of the title
An MBC International Champion shall lose his or her title in the following ways;
13.1. If he or she is beaten in a contest within the limit of the division.
13.2. If he or she is defeated in a contest taking place under Championship conditions and recognised as such by the MBC
13.3. If he or she does not submit to the weighing-in formalities which shall take place the day before the contest; (see Art.4.3. of the “Boxing Rules).
13.4. If he or she defends or endeavours to defend his or her title outside the jurisdiction of the MBC
13.5. If a disciplinary measure of suspension or for any other suspension’s matter, requested either by the Federation where the boxer is affiliated or by the MBC, preventing the Champion to defend his or her title in the due time.
13.6. If owing to sickness, accident or any other reason he or she is unable to box and, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, or where he or she is unable or unwilling to participate in a contest for a MBC International title whose date and venue has been arranged, the MBC exercises its discretion to put out a contest on such terms as it deems fit.
13.7. If he or she surrenders his or her title due to being overweight or for any other reason.
13.8. If his or her conduct as a Boxer is regarded by the MBC International Board as being improper.
13.9. If he or she participates in a contest for his national title and loses it.
13.10. If he or she fails a drug test.
13.11. If he or she is beaten in a contest made at the Championship weight for the division in which he is Champion.
13.12. If the Champion has lost his or her title for one of these reasons, the highest rated boxer in the current Ratings, after the Official Challenger who confirms acceptance of the position will be appointed challenger to meet him or her in a contest for the vacant title.
Article 14 – Disciplinary Procedure
14.1. The President in consultation with one Vice- President and one Board member shall have power to propose to suspend a Boxer for any alleged breach of MBC rules. He shall then preside at a commission with 3 members of the Board as a Committee plus a member from the Boxer’s Federation to decide about the proposition. The Boxer shall be entitled to be present and to be represented at any hearing.
Article 15 – Rules of Boxing
15.1. The MBC recognise and sanction Championship contests under the Association Of Boxing Commissions (ABC) Unified Rules Of Boxing
Article 16 – Champions
16.1. No Boxer may be permitted to hold an MBC International title in two weight categories simultaneously. A Boxer on winning a second title shall decide which one to retain and the vacated title shall immediately be declared vacant.
Article 17 – Return Matches
17.1. The Champion or Challengers due to box for a title are forbidden to guarantee a return bout in the event of a title changing hands.
17.2. Any clause of this nature in a contract shall be declared null and void.
17.3. Except in special circumstances (as may be decided by the WBU European Council) two Boxers are not allowed to box each other consecutively in Championship contests.
Article 18 – World Championships
18.1. In the event that an MBC International Champion or an Official Challenger is appointed to box for a World Championship (and such a contest prevents his fulfilling his obligations to engage in a mandatory defence of his MBC International title) then he must relinquish his position.
Article 19 – Awards
19.1. A championship belt will be awarded to the winner of the MBC International title.