The Regulation of Boxing by Robert G. Rodriguez download in ePub, pdf, iPad
The referee shall be the only person authorized to determine if injuries were the result of legal blows, accidental fouls or intentional fouls. If the referee feels that a boxer has conducted himself in an unsportsman-like manner, he may stop the contest and disqualify the boxer. Punches thrown by a boxer must land above the waistline of the opposition. The judges are not allowed to keep a running score. Professional bouts always have one referee and three judges scoring the bout.
The head of a boxer must always be above the waistline of the opponent. If a boxer injures himself while attempting to intentionally foul his opponent, the referee will not take any action in his favor, and this injury shall be the same as one produced by a fair blow.
Professional Boxing Although different boxing organizations have their own policies, there are rules and regulations that span the entire professional boxing world. Promoters, therefore, my maximize profits and minimize government intervention by staging fights in states with more relaxed regulations, even if ticket sales are likely to be lower there. Over the course of time and many blood-ridden fights, however, rules and regulations were implemented.
Equipment Gloves This is the most noticeable piece of required equipment for boxers. When a boxer gets knocked down, his opponent is restricted from hitting the downed boxer and must go to a neutral corner while the referee makes the ten-count. When a boxer is knocked down, the referee shall order the opponent to the farthest neutral corner of the ring and pick up the count from the timekeeper or the official counting for knockdowns.
Prior to putting their gloves on, they are required to have their hands wrapped with cotton wraps or gauze. Weight classes for professional boxers may be referred to differently from one organization to the next. In most amateur bouts, boxers wear ten-ounce gloves in lighter weight classes, and ounce gloves in heavier weight classes.
Boxing gloves provide padding and are worn to protect the hands and wrists of the boxer, as well as the head and body of the opposing boxer. In the event the contest is stopped and determined by the scorecards, the judges will score the round in which it has been stopped. Partial or incomplete rounds will be scored. Before any championship contest begins, the referee shall identify the chief second of each boxer and shall hold said chief second responsible for the conduct of their respective corner. The number of rounds varies in professional boxing, but championship fights always consist of twelve rounds.
Boxing became incredibly popular in the United States in the early s, and with this newfound popularity came calls for stricter regulation of the sport. In the event of any knockdown, the timekeepers count will cease when picked up by the referee whose count shall prevail and be relied on by the boxers. Amateur boxers must also wear approved headgear for protection. The referee and the boxers acknowledge that the referee is not to be an agent, servant or employee of the World Boxing Federation.
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