RULES AND REGULATIONS
EBP Rules Governing Championship Contests

These rules can be amended at any time at the suggestion of any member and upon the approval of a majority of the members of the Board of Directors. Any reference in these rules to action taken by the Board of Directions must be approved by majority vote of the Board. All references to timing refer to calendar days.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

§ 1 Weight and Weigh-Ins

§ 2 Contracts for Championship Contest

§ 3 Clauses in Championship Contracts

§ 4 Failure of Champion to Fulfill Contract

§ 5 Defense of Title

§ 6 Procedure When Title Becomes Vacant

§ 7 Draw Decision

§ 8 Disqualification

§ 9 Process of Elimination

§ 10. Purse Bid Procedure

§ 11 Exception to Regulations

§ 12 Appeal Procedure

§ 13 Ratings Appeals

§ 14 Penalties

§ 15 Litigation

§ 16 Interim Championships

§ 17 Uniform rules

§ 18 Illegal blows and fouls

§ 19 General rules and regulations

§ 20 Anti-doping

§ 21 Boxer’s purse

 

§ 1 Weight and Weigh-Ins

World Championships shall be recognized in the following listed weight divisions:

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The initial weigh-in shall be no less than twenty (20) nor more than thirty (30) hours before the scheduled start of the first bout on the bout card. If either Champion or Challenger fails to make the prescribed weight at the initial weigh-in time, each will have two (2) hours thereafter to make the prescribed weight.

 

1.1. Champion’s Failure to Make Weight

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.

The contest may be staged, however, as a fight for the vacant title. If the Challenger, having made the prescribed weight, shall win, he will be declared the winner of the vacant title. However, should the former Champion win, the title will remain vacant.

 

1.2. Challenger’s Failure to Make Weight

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 wins or loses the bout.

 

1.3. Failure to Make Weight in Fight for Vacant Title or Elimination Bout

If a contestant failing to make weight in a fight for a vacant title or an elimination bout wins the bout, he shall not be declared the winner and the title shall remain vacant. If a contestant who makes the weight defeats a contestant who did not make the weight, he shall be declared the winner of the vacant title or the elimination bout.

 

1.4. Both Boxers’ Failure to Make Weight

In the event both contestants in a vacant title or elimination bout fail to make the prescribed weight, the sanction of the bout will be withdrawn.

 

1.5. Timing of Second Day Weigh-In

There shall be a second weigh-in between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on the morning of the event, unless otherwise approved by the EBP. At this weigh-in, boxers cannot weigh more than ten (10) pounds over the weight limit. If a boxer weighs more than ten (10) pounds over the weight limit, he will have two (2) hours thereafter to make the prescribed weight. If after two (2) hours he still weighs more than ten (10) pounds over the weight limit, the fight can proceed only as described below.

 

1.6. Champion’s Failure to Make Weight or to Appear for the Second Day Weigh-In

If a Champion shall fail to make the prescribed weight at the second day weigh-in or prior to the expiration of the two (2) additional hours, or in the event the Champion fails to appear for the second day weigh-in, the title shall be forfeited on the scale.

The contest may be staged, however, as a fight for the vacant title. If the Challenger, having made the prescribed weight, shall win, he will be declared the winner of the vacant title. However, should the former Champion win, the title will remain vacant.

 

1.7. Challenger’s Failure to Make Weight or to Appear for the Second Day Weigh-In

If the Champion makes the weight at the second day weigh-in and the Challenger fails to do so or fails to appear for the second day weigh-in, the fight may be staged with the understanding that the Champion will retain his title whether he wins or loses the bout.

 

1.8. Failure to Make Weight or Appear at the Second Day Weigh-In in Fight for Vacant Title or Elimination Bout
If a contestant failing to make weight at the second day weigh-in or failing to appear for the second day weigh-in for an elimination bout or a fight for a vacant title wins the bout, he shall not be declared the winner of the title. If a contestant who makes the weight defeats a contestant who did not make the weight or did not appear for the second day weigh-in, he shall be declared the winner of the vacant title or the elimination bout.

 

1.9. Both Boxers’ Failure to Make Weight or to Appear for the Second Day Weigh-In

In the event both contestants in a vacant title or elimination bout fail to make the prescribed weight or fail to appear for the second day weigh-in, the sanction of the bout will be withdrawn.

 

 § 2 Contracts for Championship Contest

 

2.1. Submission of Contracts to EBP
Signed Bout Contracts between the promoter of the bout and each boxer for a Championship contest must be submitted to the EBP no later than fifteen (15) days following tentative sanction approval. A form Bout Contract is available on the EBP website. If the Challenger does not sign the contract, the EBP will offer the bout to the leading available contender or will withdraw sanction of the bout. If the Champion does not sign the contract, disciplinary action will be taken which can include vacating the title.

 

2.2. Sanction Fees

For each Championship contest, the promoter of such contest shall obtain a sanction from the EBP and pay sanction fees in the amounts listed on the schedule at Exhibit A.

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 promotion 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.
Each boxer shall certify by the first weigh-in that the amount of his purse reported to the EBP is the true amount of the gross purse being paid to him and is prior to any deductions for trainers, manager, promoters and expenses. The boxer further acknowledges that if he does not report the gross amount of the purse, he is subject to financial liability to the EBP and to the penalties in EBP rules.
In each title contest, the promoter of the event must submit payment of the entire sanction fee for promoter and contestants to the EBP Bout Supervisor at the Rules Meeting. The promoter of the event is responsible for deducting the sanction fees from the boxers’ purses and remitting the fees to the EBP.

 

2.3. Qualification for Official’s Fees
In order to qualify for the fees listed on the Fee Schedule attached as Exhibit A, the official must be a member of the EBP. No promoter shall be required to pay the fees listed in Exhibit A to a referee or judge who is not a member of the EBP. It is the promoter’s responsibility to insure that EBP officials are paid in accordance with Exhibit A.

 

2.4. Limitation on Ability to Participate in Purse Bid

Only those promoters who have paid their annual registration fee to the EBP at least five (5) days prior to the initial date scheduled for the purse bid shall be allowed to participate in a purse bid.

 

2.5. Championship Belt

The promoter of the event must pay a fee to the EBP as determined by the EBP for the purchase of a championship belt.

 

§ 3 Clauses in Championship Contracts

 

3.1. Purpose
The purpose of this Rule is to insure that no contract provision interferes with the mandatory defense of a title.


3.2. Return Bouts
No contract for a Championship contest shall contain any clause or any provision, whatsoever, guaranteeing or in any way assuring or promising either contestant a return Championship contest where such clause or provision interferes with the mandatory defense of a title.


3.3. Penalties for Violation
3.3.1. Dismissal from EBP
Any member of the EBP which shall violate, or collaborate in the violation of any provision of this Rule shall be subject to dismissal from membership in the EBP.

 

3.3.2. Forfeiture of Title
Upon violation of this Rule, the Championship involved shall forthwith be declared vacant.

 

§ 4 Failure of Champion to Fulfill Contract

 

If a Champion shall fail to fulfill on schedule his contractual obligation to engage in his mandatory bout, the Championships Committee shall recommend to the President and the Board of Directors that recognition of the title be withdrawn and the title be declared vacant.

 

§ 5 Defense of Title

 

A Champion and Challenger must at all times set high ideals and act in a sportsmanlike manner. Any action by a Champion, Challenger or cornerman which reflects poorly on the EBP or the sport of boxing will subject the contestant to the imposition of discipline and penalties. The provisions of Rule 14 will be applied to any such situation.

 

5.1. Heavyweight Division

5.1.1. Mandatory Defense Obligation


Because of the circumstances inherent in and peculiar to the promotion of major Heavyweight Championship Contests, the Heavyweight Champion shall defend his Championship within one (1) year after acquisition by him in a sanctioned contest scheduled for twelve (12) rounds against the leading available contender designated by the Championships Chairman.

After compliance with his mandatory defense obligation, throughout the remaining term of a Heavyweight Champion’s reign, he shall be obligated to mandatorily defend his Championship within intervals of no more than nine (9) months against the leading available contender in the Heavyweight Division as designated by the Championships Chairman.

 

5.2. Optional Defenses

In the interim periods, the Heavyweight Champion may enter into any contest with any heavyweight contender rated in the top fifteen (15) boxers in his weight class as set forth in the ratings of the EBP and subject to the approval of the Championships Chairman and the President.

All optional defenses, and any and all other bouts, by a Champion shall be concluded at least sixty (60) days prior to the date the Champion’s mandatory is due and shall be subject to the approval of the Championships Chairman and the President.

 

5.2.1.

Should the Champion lose his title in an optional defense against an opponent other than the leading available contender, the new Champion shall be required to make his mandatory title defense against the leading available contender, as designated by the Championships Chairman, within a period of nine (9) months after the acquisition.

 

5.2.2.

Within the nine (9) month defense period set forth above, and with the prior approval of the Championships Chairman, the new Champion may engage in an optional defense of his title against a ranked opponent in the top fifteen (15) contenders in the weight class as rated by the EBP.

However, should the title change hands as a result of such an optional contest, the newly crowned Champion inherits the mandatory obligation of the prior champion and must defend the title within the time remaining for the Champion from whom he won the title.

 

5.3. All Other Weight Divisions

5.3.1. Mandatory Defense Obligation

 

Each Champion so recognized by the EBP in his respective weight class from Mini Flyweight to Cruiserweight shall mandatorily defend his Championship within nine (9) months after its acquisition by him in a contest scheduled for twelve (12) rounds against a leading available contender as designated by the Championships Chairman.

Once this initial mandatory defense obligation has been satisfied, the Champion shall defend his championship within intervals of no more than nine (9) months against the leading available contender in his weight class as designated by the Championships Chairman.

 

5.3.2. Optional Defenses

In the interim periods, the Champion may enter into any contest with any contender rated in the top fifteen (15) boxers in his weight class as set forth in the ratings of the EBP subject to the approval of the Championships Chairman and the President.

All optional defenses, and any and all other bouts, by a Champion shall be concluded at least sixty (60) days prior to the date the Champion’s mandatory is due and shall be subject to the approval of the Championships Chairman and the President.

• Should the Champion lose his title in an optional defense against an opponent other than the leading available contender, the new Champion shall be required to make his mandatory title defense against the leading available contender, as designated by the Championships Chairman, within a period of six (6) months after the acquisition.

• Within the six (6) month defense period set forth above, and with the prior approval of the Championships Chairman, the new Champion may engage in an optional defense of his title against a ranked opponent in the top fifteen (15) contenders in the weight class as rated by the EBP.

• However, should the title change hands as a result of such an optional contest, the newly crowned Champion inherits the mandatory obligation of the prior champion and must defend the title within the time remaining for the Champion from whom he won the title.

 

5.4. Leading Available Contenders

For the purpose of Championship contests and Title defenses by recognized Champions as defined in these Rules, the selection and designation of “leading available contender” in each weight division shall be made by the Championships Chairman approximately sixty (60) days prior to the mandatory due date, subject to the approval of the President, in accordance with the current list of contenders promulgated by the Ratings Committee of the EBP. Any boxer who is contracted with a promoter, a network, or a state, tribal or national commission to take another fight or who is ill, injured, under a legal impediment which would prevent the bout from taking place, or on suspension at the time the Championships Chairman and President order a bout under this rule shall be considered unavailable. The fact that a boxer and/or his physician may believe that a boxer may be physically able to fight on a date in the future does not make a boxer “available” for the purpose of this rule. However, if the leading available contender has a fight scheduled within the next thirty (30) days, the President and Championships Chair may, at their discretion, allow that bout to take place prior to notification of the bout under this rule. If the leading available contender loses said bout, he will lose his position as the leading available contender.

 

5.5. Notice of Mandatory Obligation

5.5.1. General

The Championships Chairman will notify the Champion and the mandatory challenger approximately sixty (60) days prior to the mandatory due date and the boxers must observe that obligation. The Champion shall negotiate with the leading available contender as designated by the Championships Chairman and the President.
- The Champion and the mandatory Challenger may not box any other contestant within 60 days of the mandatory due date.

- A Champion’s failure to comply with this obligation will be sufficient cause to have the Championships Committee and Board of Directors consider withdrawing recognition of the title.

- The Challenger’s failure to comply with this rule will result in the Championships Committee recognizing the next leading available contender as the mandatory challenger and moving the challenger to a position below #10 in the rankings for at least six (6) months.

 

5.5.2. Voluntary Early Mandatory

In the event a Champion chooses to fulfill his mandatory obligation prior to being advised to do so 60 days prior to the mandatory due date and, provided that either (1) this decision is made by the Champion within the 90 day period before the mandatory due date, or (2) the challenger agrees to do the mandatory early, the Championships Chairman shall advise the Champion and the mandatory challenger to begin negotiations for the terms of the bout and to complete such negotiations within 30 days. If they are unable to agree on the terms of the bout, or if one of the camps certifies in writing during the negotiation period that he is not willing to participate in negotiations, the President of the EBP shall notify each registered promoter that a purse offer will be held.

 

5.5.3. Medical Extension

If a Champion is justifiably disabled 60 days or less before his mandatory due date, or continues to remain disabled from a disability incurred earlier, and such disability has been proven to and accepted by a physician approved by the President of the EBP who has certified that said disability will continue more than sixty (60) days beyond the mandatory due date, the Champion may be granted a medical extension not to exceed said sixty (60) days beyond the mandatory due date. If a physician approved by the EBP determines that recovery from the injury or illness will extend beyond the sixty (60) day medical extension. There will be no fee for this Request for an Exception. If the Request for an Exception is granted, the Championships Chairman, subject to the approval of the President, may order a bout for an interim title. If the Request for an Exception is not granted, the Championships Committee, subject to the approval of the President, may vacate the title.

 

5.6. Unification Contests

5.6.1. Prior Approval Required

No EBP Champion shall box or sign to box a Champion of another sanctioning body in seeking to unify a title unless prior approval is granted by the Championships Committee. Once the EBP has sent out the notice of the date of the purse bid, or once a contract has been signed for a mandatory bout, no request for a Unification Contest will be approved. A Champion’s failure to comply with this requirement will constitute sufficient cause for the Championships Committee and Board of Directors to consider withdrawing recognition of the title and to remove him from the EBP ratings.
In the event there is a request by a boxer to include an additional sanctioning organization on a scheduled title bout, the EBP reserves the right to deny said request. If a boxer chooses to participate in a bout with a sanctioning organization not approved by the EBP despite the denial of the request, the EBP may deny or withdraw sanction of the bout, vacate the title and/or remove the boxer from the EBP rankings.

 

5.7. Qualifications for #1 & #2 Positions in Each Weight Division

To insure that the Champion in each weight class defends mandatorily against the preeminent contender, the # 1 and # 2 positions in each weight division will be left vacant until two top five (5) leading available contenders, approved by the Championships Chairman and the President, vie for the vacancy by process of elimination in accordance with the procedures set forth in Rule 9, Process of Elimination.


In order to qualify for the #1 and #2 positions, boxers must engage in a twelve (12) round elimination bout. Boxers who engage in bouts less than twelve (12) rounds will not be eligible for ranking above #3.


Sanction Fees are required for elimination bouts for positions #1 and #2. The fees for said elimination bouts are contained in Exhibit A.


5.8. Purse Bid
If the #1 or #2 positions are not rated when the mandatory comes due, the Champion may proceed to fight the highest available ranked contender in his weight division.
If they are unable to negotiate the terms of the bout, the Champion and the highest available contender have the obligation to proceed to a purse bid under the procedure set forth in Rule 10.

 

5.9. Unsanctioned contests
An unsanctioned contest is a fight which the EBF has not formally approved for sanction or where sanction has been formally withdrawn. If a Champion participates in an unsanctioned contest within his prescribed weight limit, the title will be declared vacant whether the Champion wins or loses the bout. The Championships Committee, with the approval of the President, will then establish a new Champion in that division in accordance with the procedures established and prescribed in these rules.

 

5.10. Non-Championship Contests
Nothing in these Rules shall be considered to prohibit a Champion from engaging in an over the weight limit non-championship or non-title contest so long as he shall otherwise be in full compliance with all other applicable requirements of these Rules. Any and all bouts shall be concluded at least sixty (60) days prior to the date the Champion's mandatory is due.

 

5.11. Attendance at EBP Sanctioned Championship Contests

The President of the EBP may attend any EBP sanctioned bout and shall assign a Supervisor(s) to attend each sanctioned contest. The promoter of the event shall provide the President and the Supervisor(s) 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 Supervisor(s) and the President.


5.12. Rematch
The Championships Chairman and the President, in their discretion, may direct two contestants to engage in a rematch for the Championship within a prescribed time.

 

§ 6 Procedure When Title Becomes Vacant

 

6.1. Fight for Title
In the event any Title becomes vacant, the Championships Committee, with the approval of the President, may cause the two (2) highest ranked contenders, according to the current ratings that are available, to box for the vacant title or cause an elimination tournament to commence to determine the preeminent boxers in the division. If the vacancy arises unexpectedly and if one of the two leading contenders has a fight scheduled within the next thirty (30) days, the President and Championships Chair may, at their discretion, allow that bout to take place prior to notification to fill the vacancy and utilize any new ratings after the interim bout.

 

6.1.1. Time to Negotiate

The recognized challengers shall be given thirty (30) days to negotiate the contract for the contest. Signed contracts between the promoter of the bout and each boxer for the vacant title must be submitted to the EBP no later than fifteen (15) days following tentative sanction approval. A form Bout Contract is available on the EBP website. If either contestant does not sign the contract within the aforementioned fifteen (15) days, the EBP will offer the bout to the leading available contender or will withdraw sanction of the bout.

 

6.1.2. No Intervening Bout Permitted
Once each Challenger has been notified that he is to box for the vacant title or is to enter into an elimination tournament, he cannot take another fight until the fight for the vacant title or the fight in the elimination tournament has been completed. If any contestant takes an interim fight, the Championships Chairman will move on and order the next leading available contender to fight and the delinquent boxer(s) shall be dropped to below the #10 position in the ranking for at least six (6) months.


6.1.3. Purse Bid

If the Challengers fail to negotiate a binding contract within the thirty (30) day period, the Championships Chairman shall request purse offers for the contest to be submitted to the President or his/her designee in sealed envelopes for public opening on a specified date and time. Rights to promote the match will go to the highest bidder. Should either contestant decline to participate in the purse offer, the next available contender, according to the EBP ratings, will be offered the right to contract for the championship contest.

 

6.2. Unavailable Boxer
Any boxer who is contracted with a promoter, a network, or a state, tribal or national commission to take another fight or who is ill, injured, under a legal impediment which could prevent the bout from taking place in the opinion of the EBP, or on suspension at the time the Championships Chairman and President order a bout under this rule shall be considered unavailable. The fact that a boxer and/or his physician may believe that a boxer may be physically able to fight on a date in the future does not make a boxer “available” as of the date the bout is ordered under this rule.

If two boxers have contracted to fight for the vacant title and one is injured or becomes ill prior to the date of the scheduled bout, he becomes unavailable under this rule and the other contestant may commence negotiations with the next leading available contender to fight for the vacant title.

No medical extension will be granted when the title is vacant.

 

6.3. Heavyweight Division

6.3.1. Mandatory Defense Obligation

The winner of the vacant title must make his mandatory defense against the leading available contender as designated by the Championships Chairman in accordance with the current rankings within one (1) year of the acquisition of the title in a sanctioned contest scheduled for twelve (12) rounds against the leading available contender designated by the Championships Chairman.
After compliance with his mandatory defense obligation, throughout the remaining term of a Heavyweight Champion’s reign, he shall be obligated to mandatorily defend his Championship within intervals of no more than nine (9) months against the leading available contender in the Heavyweight Division as designated by the Championships Chairman.


6.3.2. Optional Defense

In the interim periods, the Heavyweight Champion may enter into any contest with any heavyweight contender rated in the top fifteen (15) boxers in his weight class as set forth in the ratings of the EBP and subject to the approval of the Championships Chairman and the President.

• Should the Champion lose his title in an optional defense against an opponent other than the leading available contender, the new Champion shall be required to make his mandatory title defense against the leading available contender, as designated by the Championships Chairman, within a period of nine (9) months after the acquisition.

• Within the nine (9) month defense period set forth above, and with the prior approval of the Championships Chairman, the new Champion may engage in an optional defense of his title against a ranked opponent in the top fifteen (15) contenders in the weight class as rated by the EBP.

However, should the title change hands as a result of such an optional contest, the newly crowned Champion inherits the mandatory obligation of the prior Champion and must defend the title within the time remaining for the Champion from whom he won the title.

All optional defenses, and any and all other bouts, by the Champion, shall be concluded at least sixty (60) days prior to the date the Champion’s mandatory is due and shall be subject to the approval of the Championships Chairman and the President.

 

6.4. All Other Weight Divisions
6.4.1. Mandatory Defense Obligation

The winner of the vacant title must make his mandatory defense against the leading available contender as designated by the Championships Chairman within six (6) months after its acquisition by him in a contest scheduled for twelve (12) rounds against a leading available contender as designated by the Championships Chairman.

After compliance with his mandatory defense obligation, throughout the remaining term of a Champion’s reign, he shall be obligated to mandatorily defend his Championship within intervals of no more than nine (9) months against the leading available contender as designated by the Championships Chairman.

 

6.4.2. Optional Defenses

In the interim periods, the Champion may enter into any contest with any contender rated in the top fifteen (15) boxers in his weight class as set forth in the ratings of the EBP subject to the approval of the Championships Chairman and the President.

• Should the Champion lose his title in an optional defense against an opponent other than the leading available contender, the new Champion shall be required to make his mandatory title defense against the leading available contender, as designated by the Championships Chairman, within a period of nine (9) months after the acquisition.
• Within the nine (9) month defense period set forth above, and with the prior approval of the Championships Chairman, the new Champion may engage in an optional defense of his title against a ranked opponent in the top fifteen (15) contenders in the weight class as rated by the EBP.

 

6.5. All Other Weight Divisions

6.5.1. Mandatory Defense Obligation

The winner of the vacant title must make his mandatory defense against the leading available contender as designated by the Championships Chairman within six (6) months after its acquisition by him in a contest scheduled for twelve (12) rounds against a leading available contender as designated by the Championships Chairman.

After compliance with his mandatory defense obligation, throughout the remaining term of a Champion’s reign, he shall be obligated to mandatorily defend his Championship within intervals of no more than nine (9) months against the leading available contender as designated by the Championships Chairman.

 

6.5.2. Optional Defenses

In the interim periods, the Champion may enter into any contest with any contender rated in the top fifteen (15) boxers in his weight class as set forth in the ratings of the EBP subject to the approval of the Championships Chairman and the President.

All optional defenses, and any and all other bouts, by a Champion shall be concluded at least sixty (60) days prior to the date of the Champion’s mandatory is due and shall be subject to the approval of the Championships Chairman and the President.

• Should the Champion lose his title in an optional defense against an opponent other than the leading available contender, the new Champion shall be required to make his mandatory title defense against the leading available contender, as designated by the Championships Chairman, within a period of six (6) months after the acquisition.

• Within the six (6) month defense period set forth above, and with the prior approval of the Championships Chairman, the new Champion may engage in an optional defense of his title against a ranked opponent in the top fifteen (15) contenders in the weight class as rated by the EBP. However, should the title change hands as a result of such an optional contest, the newly crowned Champion must mandatorily defend the title within the six (6) month time limit established for the champion from whom he won the title.

Once this initial mandatory defense obligation has been satisfied, the Champion shall defend his championship within intervals of no more than nine (9) months against the leading available contender in his weight class as designated by the Championships Chairman.

§ 7 Draw Decision

If a Championship Contest shall be declared a draw, the Champion retains his title.

 

§ 8 Disqualification

 

8.1. Challenger
When disqualification of a Challenger has occurred during or immediately after a bout, for whatever reason, the Champion shall retain his title provided that the Champion has not violated any rule herein.

 

8.2. Champion
If the Champion is disqualified during or immediately after a bout, for whatever reason, the decision shall be awarded to the Challenger provided the Challenger has not violated any rule herein.


8.3. Winner After the Bout
If disqualification of the winner occurs as a result of a positive drug test or any other violation of an EBP rule after the bout has been completed, the title shall be declared vacant.

 

§ 9 Process of Elimination

 

9.1. Ordered Elimination Bout
The Championships Chairman and the President, consistent with the monthly ratings, will notify the two highest ranked available contenders of the obligation to meet in a twelve (12) round elimination bout for the #1 or #2 positions toward mandatorily boxing the Champion, giving them a date by which the negotiations must commence and be concluded. For the purpose of determining the contenders eligible to participate in an eliminator under this rule, the Championships Chairman may, in his discretion, exclude a boxer coming off of a KO or TKO loss.


9.1.1. Timing of Notification

The notice will be sent to the contestants on the first business day after the #1 position becomes available, provided, however, if either of the two (2) highest ranked contenders have a bout scheduled for which a contract was entered prior to knowledge of the date on which the mandatory bout leading to the vacancy in the number 1 position was to take place, and if the bout is to take place within three (3) weeks thereof, then the President and the Championships Chairman may allow that bout to take place prior to noticing the eliminator.


As to the #2 position in each weight class, the Championships Chairman and the President will use their best efforts to notify the contestants’ representatives in accordance with this rule.

 

9.1.2. No Intervening Bouts

After two contestants have been ordered to fight in an elimination bout, they may not participate in any other intervening bout. If either contestant participates in an intervening bout, he shall lose the opportunity to fight in the elimination bout, his ranking will be dropped to below #10 for at least six (6) months and the next boxer in line will be offered the opportunity to enter the elimination process.

 

9.2. Unavailability

Any boxer who is contracted with a promoter, a network, or a state, tribal or national commission to take another fight, or who is ill, injured, under a legal impediment which could prevent the bout from taking place in the opinion of the EBP, or on suspension at the time the Championships Chairman and the President order a bout under this rule shall be considered unavailable. The fact that a boxer and/or his physician may believe that a boxer may be physically able to fight on a date in the future does not make a boxer “available” as of the date the bout is ordered under this Rule.

If two boxers have contracted to fight for an elimination bout and one is injured, becomes ill or is under a legal impediment prior to the date of the scheduled bout, he becomes unavailable under this rule and the other contestant may commence negotiations with the next leading available contender.

No extensions will be granted in elimination bouts.

 

9.3. Refusal to Participate

Should either contender decline to participate in negotiations or refuse to accept the terms of a purse offer, his ranking will be dropped to below #10 for at least six (6) months and the next boxer in line will be offered the opportunity to enter the elimination process.

After the essential terms of the elimination bout have been agreed upon by the two camps, should either contender refuse to participate in the bout, his ranking shall be dropped to below #10 for at least six (6) months, however, if he was already ranked below #10, he shall be removed from the rankings for at least six (6) months. The remaining boxer in the elimination bout shall then begin negotiations with the next leading available contender.

 

9.4. Purse Bid
The two highest ranked available contenders in an eliminator and those contenders ordered to participate in a box off have the obligation to proceed to a purse bid if so ordered by the President.

Proceeds of the purse bid for elimination bouts or box offs will be distributed as follows:

  • Boxer ranked #1 v. Boxer ranked #2 50% to each contestant
  • Boxer ranked #1 or #2 v. any other boxer 75% to boxer #1 or #2 and 25% to other contestant
  • Boxers ranked #3 or below v. boxer ranked #3 or below 60% to higher ranked boxer and 40% to lower ranked boxer

Notwithstanding the purse bid percentages described herein, if the circumstances so warrant, the Championships Chairman or the President may make a recommendation to the Board of Directors 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 a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

 

9.5. Box Off
The Championships Chairman and the President may, at their discretion, order a box off among the leading four (4) available contenders ranked #10 or above to determine the mandatory challenger in a specific weight class. If a boxer is unwilling to participate in a twelve round box off, the Championships Chairman and the President may designate another challenger. Rule 9.2. regarding “Unavailability” applies in the case of a box off.

If any boxer who has contracted to fight in a box off is unable to complete the box off due to injury, illness, a legal impediment which could prevent the bout from taking place in the opinion of the EBP, or a suspension, the EBP may order the next leading available contender to take his place. No extensions will be granted in a box off.

The leading four available contenders have the obligation to proceed to a purse bid if so ordered by the President.


9.6. Voluntary Elimination Bout
Nothing in this Rule shall preclude promoters from negotiating a bout between any two (2) of the top five (5) leading available contenders for the #1 or #2 positions, which bout is subject to the approval of the Championships Chairman and the President. The EBP encourages promoters to negotiate such voluntary elimination bouts.


9.7. Fees
The sanction fees for elimination/box off bouts are contained in Exhibit A.

 

§ 10. Purse Bid Procedure

 

10.1. Notification of Purse Bid
If the camps are unable to come to an agreement as to the promotion of a title bout in the initial thirty (30) day negotiation period, or if one of the camps certifies in writing during the negotiation period that he is not willing to participate in negotiations, the President of the EBP shall notify each registered promoter that a purse offer will be held. The purse bid notice shall advise registered promoters of the minimum bid required under this Rule. The purses for each boxer include all expenses for the boxers and their trainers. If no one bids on the title bout at the first scheduled purse bid, a second bid will be held. If no one bids at the second purse bid, the championship may be vacated.


10.1.1. Promoter’s Obligation
To participate in a purse bid, all of the promoter’s annual registration fees must be paid to the EBP at least five (5) days prior to the initial date scheduled for the purse bid.


10.1.2. Contents of Notification
Notification of the purse bid will include names of boxers, weight class, and the deadline date for bids to be accepted. The date set for the purse bid will be set at least 10 days after notification has been given.


10.1.3. Form of 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.

 

10.1.4. Deposit Submitted with Bid

At the designated time for the bid, the promoter winning the bid must deliver a non-refundable check representing 10% of the total amount of the bid with EBP. Failure to do so will automatically cancel the bid and permit the President to recognize the next highest bidder. The promoter must further deliver a non-refundable check representing an additional 10% of the total bid within 5 days following the bid.
In the event the promoter is unable to fulfill any of the obligations under this rule, the two non-refundable 10% checks will be divided with 75% to the Champion and 25% to the challenger. In the case of a vacant title, each boxer shall receive 50%. In the case of elimination bouts and box offs, the percentage splits are governed by Rule 9.

 

10.1.5. Disbursement of Bid Proceeds

The Champion will receive 75% and the Challenger will receive 25% of total amount of the bid. If the offer is for a vacant title, each boxer will receive 50% of the total amount bid. The percentage splits for elimination bouts and box offs are governed by Rule 9. In a bout between a Champion and a Challenger ranked #3 or below, the Champion shall receive 85% and the Challenger will receive 15% of the total amount of the bid.


Notwithstanding the purse bid percentages described herein, if the circumstances so warrant, the Championships Chairman or the President may make a recommendation to the Board of Directors 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 a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

 

10.2. Notification of Scheduled Bout/Obligations to Comply

10.2.1. Promoter’s Obligation

It is the responsibility of the winning promoter to prepare and provide to the EBP 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 EBP has a standard form Bout Contract for use by the camps after a purse bid. The boxing event must be scheduled to take place not less than 28 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 Championships Committee. The winning promoter shall promptly make travel arrangements for the participants and inform them and the EBP of these arrangements.

 

10.2.2. Failure of Promoter to Comply with Obligation

Failure to provide the above listed information to the EBP, 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. Subject to the discretion of the EBP, the defaulting bidder will be barred from participating in EBP purse bids for a period of at least six (6) months.


10.2.3. Failure of Champion to Comply

The Champion must sign the contract within fifteen (15) days of the bid and must comply with all of the terms and conditions set by the winning bidder. Failure to so comply will result in the title being vacated and the fighter being removed from the ratings for at least six (6) months.

 

10.2.4. Failure of Challenger(s) to Comply

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 in Rule 10 above 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 boxer being removed from the rankings for at least six (6) months.

 

10.2.5. Limitation on Request for Exception; Unavailability after Purse Bid due to Illness or Injury

No Exception to Regulation can be requested once the EBP has sent out the notice of the date of the purse bid or a contract has been signed for a mandatory bout. 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 EBP, he may be granted a medical extension not to exceed ninety (60) days. If it is determined by the physician that the Champion will be disabled for a period to exceed ninety (60) days, the Championships Committee, with the approval of the Board of Directors, may vacate the title.


10.2.6. No Intervening Bouts

The boxers are not permitted to take any intervening bouts. If the Champion takes an intervening bout, he will forfeit the title and if the Challenger takes an intervening bout, he will be dropped to below position #10 in the rankings for at least six (6) months.

 

10.3. Procedure when Winning Bidder Defaults

In the event the winning bidder defaults under ¶10.1 or ¶10.2 above, the bid falls to the next highest bidder (“Bidder #2"). Bidder #2 must deliver to the EBP within 5 days of notification by the EBP a non-refundable check in an amount representing 20% of its bid. The second bidder may withdraw its bid within five (5) days of being notified by the EBP if, due to the passage of time, its ability to promote the bout has been adversely affected.


If less than 30 days from the original bid date have passed when Bidder #2 is notified that he has won the bid, Bidder #2 shall comply with ¶10.2 above and stage the fight within the time remaining in the initial 90-day period.


If more than 30 days have passed when Bidder #2 is notified that he has won the bid, he must comply with ¶10.2 above and he will be given 90 days from notification to stage the fight.
If Bidder #2 does not comply with the terms above, the President will order the champion/mandatory challenger, or the two leading available contenders in the case of a vacant title, to negotiate for the promotion of the bout. If no deal is reached within thirty (30) days, notice will be given to all registered promoters of a purse offer.

 

§ 11 Exception to Regulations

 

11.1. Request for Exception

A request for an Exception to the enforcement of any EBP rule may only be made by a reigning Champion and must be in writing setting forth the reasons for making such a request. Once the EBP has sent out the notice of the date of the purse bid, or once a contract has been signed for a mandatory bout, no Request for an Exception can be made.

 

11.2. Fee for Requesting an Exception
Said written request shall be accompanied by a certified non-refundable Exception application fee of $20,000.00. However, in the event the Exception requested is due to an injury, disability or illness which has been proven to and accepted by a physician approved by the President of the EBP, no fee is required.

 

11.3. Notice to Affected Boxers
Upon receipt of a written request and fee by the applicant for an Exception, a copy of the written request will be forwarded to the affected participant and he will have seventy-two (72) hours to respond as to whether he is in agreement or has any objection, and if so, to state said objection in writing.

 

11.4. Notice to Board of Directors
After receiving an objection from the affected participant, the President shall then distribute a copy of the request for an Exception and any objection thereto to the Board of Directors and poll said members to determine whether the request for an exception shall be granted or denied, and if it is granted, what conditions shall apply.

 

11.5. Requirements for Approval of Request for Exception
Any Exception to these Championship Rules must be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

 

11.6. Indemnification Agreement

As a condition of granting an Exception, the Champion requesting said Exception shall agree in writing to indemnify, hold harmless and otherwise reimburse the EBP for any legal fees or other expenses related to the granting of said Exception, including, but not limited to, the costs attendant to any resultant litigation.

 

11.7. Right to Appeal

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 12 prior to a final decision. There shall be no additional fee for the appeal. Upon notification that the affected participant does not intend to file an Appeal, the decision of the Board of Directors shall become final.

 

11.8. Composition of Panel to Hear Appeal

The committee under Rule 12 appointed to hear an Appeal from the grant of an Exception under this rule shall not consist of any members of the Championships Committee or Board of Directors. The panel shall be appointed by the President from the general membership of the organization.

 

11.9. Compliance with Terms of Exception

The Champion must comply with all conditions contained in the grant of an Exception. In the event that an Exception has resulted in a delay of the reigning Champion’s mandatory obligation, the reigning Champion, or the newly crowned Champion if the title changes hands, will not be permitted to further delay the mandatory by seeking an Exception or to unify the title.


11.10. Limitation on Requests for Exception

A reigning Champion shall not be permitted to request more than one Exception to delay a mandatory obligation. Once the Champion has complied with all conditions of the Exception and fulfilled his mandatory obligation, he will not be precluded from seeking another Exception.

 

11.11. Limitation on Power to Grant Exception

Neither the President, the Chairperson of the Championships Committee nor any other member of the Board of Directors shall have the authority to grant an Exception under this rule unilaterally.

 

§ 12 Appeal Procedure

 

12.1. Grounds for Appeal
1. Miscalculation of the score where the correct score would change the outcome of the fight;
2. Inappropriate conduct by the referee which is alleged to have affected the outcome of the fight;
3. Misconduct on the part of the judges or referee which is alleged to have had a material effect on the outcome of the fight;
4. Imposition of penalties under Rule 14;
5. And any other alleged violation of the rules of the EBP that may have a detrimental effect on the rights of the complainant.



12.2. 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 EBP within ten (10) business days from the date of the subject fight or any alleged infraction of the rules. Failure to appeal within ten (10) business days shall constitute a waiver of the right to Appeal.

 

12.3. Contents of Notice of Appeal

The Appeal shall list with specificity each alleged discrepancy/ground for Appeal and/or infraction of a rule of the EBP and explain the effect of said infraction or claimed discrepancy on the complainant.

 

12.4. Fee
All requests for a hearing before the Appeals Committee by any complainant must be in writing and accompanied by a certified check payable to the EBP in the amount of $10,000.00 to cover the expense of such a hearing. The $10,000.00 fee is non-refundable and shall be delivered to the President of the EBP at the time the Appeal is filed. In the event an affected participant under Rule 11 files an appeal from the decision granting the Exception, there is no fee required.


12.5. 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.

 

12.6. Panel to Hear Appeal

The President of the EBP will appoint a Chairperson and two additional members to the Committee to hear 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 EBP. 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.

 

12.7. Notification of Result
The complainant shall be notified in writing of the result of the hearing within ten (10) business days of the hearing.

 

12.8. Exhaustion of Remedies

Any person(s) aggrieved must file and exhaust this internal Appeal procedure prior to taking other actions, including commencing litigation under Rule 15.

 

§ 13 Ratings Appeals

 

13.1. Informal procedure

Nothing in this Rule shall prohibit a boxer or his designated representative from questioning the boxer's rating, either orally or in writing, within seven (7) business days from the date the ratings are posted on the official EBP web site at EBPBOXING.COM. Nor shall anything in this Rule prohibit the Ratings Chairman, either on his own or upon consultation with the Ratings Committee, from proposing a resolution to any ratings issue presented by a boxer or his camp.
In the event there is no resolution on an informal level, the complainant shall be permitted to file a formal appeal pursuant to 13.2. below within three (3) business days of receipt of the decision on the informal appeal.

 

13. 2. Formal Procedure

In accordance with the mandate of the Muhammad Ali Act, and with the approval of the Association of Boxing Commissions, the EBP adopts the following formal procedures for a boxer to appeal the ratings:


1. Form and Timing of Appeal
All Appeals shall be in writing from the boxer or the designated representative and shall be sent to the Chairman of the Ratings Committee within ten (10) business days from the date the ratings are posted on the official EBP web site at EBPBOXING.COM.


2. Waiver of Right to Appeal
Failure to appeal within ten (10) business days shall constitute a waiver of the right to appeal.


3. Consideration of the Appeal
The President of the EBP shall notify the members of the Board of Directors of the Appeal and provide each member with all documentation received by the Ratings Chairman regarding the Appeal, as well as a copy of the written justification for the rating provided by the Ratings Chairman.


4. Requirements for Changing a Rating
Any Appeal to change a rating under this Rule must be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.


5. Notification of Results
The complainant will be notified in writing of the results of the Appeal within seven (7) business days after submission of the Appeal to the Ratings Chairman.

 

 § 14 Penalties

Should any Champion or Challenger be found in violation of any of the rules of the EBP, he may be removed from the rankings for a period of not less than one (1) year. Should any Champion, Challenger or cornerman be found to have acted in an unsportsmanlike or unprofessional manner as provided in Rule 5 (EBP championship, elimination and unification bouts) by a majority vote of the Board of Directors, the Champion or the Challenger(s)may be subject to fine, forfeiture of monies, vacation of title, lowering or removal from the ratings or any other discipline 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 finding of a violation or the imposition of discipline, or both, under Rule 12, Appeal Procedure.

 

§ 15 Litigation

 

15.1. Applicable Law
In all cases filed against the EBP in state court or federal court by any Party, the laws of the State of New Jersey shall apply.

 

15.2. Venue
Any promoter or boxer requesting sanction for a bout from the EBP and all boxers, seconds and any and all other representatives of the boxers participating in a fight sanctioned by the EBP (hereinafter “Party” or “Parties”) hereby consent to submit to the jurisdiction of the federal or state courts in New Jersey in the event the EBP files suit against them.


15.3. Duty to Protect, Defend, Hold Harmless and Indemnify

If the EBP 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 EBP its employees, officers, directors, and agents, for all claims, damages, costs and expenses incurred therein by the EBP, including attorneys’ fees. If the EBP is made a party defendant in a lawsuit and the case is dismissed or resolved in favor of the EBP, the plaintiff(s) shall pay all of the costs and expenses of the litigation, including, but not limited to, attorney’s fees incurred by the EBP.

 

15.4. Limitation of Liability and Disclaimer

In no event shall the EBP 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 EBP, its employees, officers, directors, or agents.

 

15.5. Exclusive Remedy
The sole and exclusive monetary remedy, both pre litigation and post litigation, for any Party for alleged acts or omissions of the EBP shall be limited to the return of the reasonable fees, expenses, or costs the Party has paid to the EBP for the underlying event giving rise to the Party’s claim.

 

§ 16 Interim Championships

 

16.1. When permitted

In the event a Champion is advised that he has an illness or injury that may interfere with completing his mandatory within the sixty (60) day time period as set forth in Rule 5, he must seek a Rule 11 Exception to extend his mandatory due date. If the request for an Exception is granted, the Championships Chairman, subject to the approval of the President, may order a bout for an interim title. If the request for an Exception is not granted, the Championships Committee, subject to the approval of the President, may vacate the title.

 

16.2. Contestants/Result

The contestants for the interim title will be the mandatory challenger and the next highest ranked available contender according to the latest published EBP ratings. If an interim bout cannot be negotiated, no purse offer will be held. The contestants must agree on the terms of the bout. The winner of the interim title will become the mandatory challenger for the Champion.

 

16.3. Purse Offer
If the bout between the Champion and the interim Champion cannot be negotiated, a purse offer will be called. The purse offer split will be 65% to the Champion and 35% to the interim champion.

 

16.4. Defenses

An interim champion may make defense(s) of the interim title during the time period that the Champion is not prepared to mandatorily defend the title as determined by the terms of the Exception. All optional defenses must be completed not less than 90 days prior to the date provided in the Exception granted to the Champion.

 

16.5. Champion unable to defend

If the Champion is unable to defend the title against the interim champion by the end of the time permitted under the Exception, then the interim champion shall become the Champion.

 

16.6. Term
In no event shall an interim champion hold the title for a period longer than twelve (12) months.

 

§ 17 Uniform rules

 

17.1.
Each round shall consist be of a three (3) minute duration, with a one (1) minute rest period between rounds.
The referee is the sole arbiter of a bout and is the only individual authorized to stop a contest. This rule shall not preclude a video or other review of a decision under the procedures of the applicable regulatory authority if a protest is filed claiming a clear rule violation.


All bouts will be evaluated and scored by three (3) judges. The 10 Point Must System will be the standard system of scoring a bout. The Mandatory Eight (8) Count after knockdowns will be standard procedure in all bouts.


17.2.
All professional boxers are required to wear a mouthpiece during competition. The round cannot begin without the mouthpiece. If the mouthpiece is dislodged during competition, the referee will call time and have the mouthpiece replaced 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.


17.3.
There is NO Standing Eight (8) Count.
There is NO Three (3) Knockdown Rule.

 

17.4.
A boxer shall receive a twenty (20) second count if the boxer is knocked out of the ring and onto the floor. The boxer is to be unassisted by spectators or his/her seconds. If assisted by anyone, the boxer may lose points or be disqualified with such a decision being within the sole discretion of the referee.
A boxer who has been knocked down cannot be saved by the bell in any round.
If a boxer sustains an injury from a fair blow and the injury is severe enough to terminate the bout, the injured boxer shall lose by TKO.

 

17.5. Injuries sustained by Fouls

17.5.1. Intentional fouls
1. If an intentional foul causes an injury, and the injury is severe enough to terminate the bout immediately, the boxer causing the injury shall lose by disqualification.
2. If an intentional foul causes an injury and the bout is allowed to continue, the referee shall notify the authorities and deduct two (2) points from the boxer who caused the foul. Point deductions for intentional fouls will be mandatory.
3. If an intentional foul causes an injury and the injury results in the bout being stopped in a later round, the injured boxer will win by TECHNICAL DECISION if he is ahead on the score cards; and the bout will result in a TECHNICAL DRAW if the injured boxer is behind or even on the score cards.
4. If the 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.
5. If the referee feels that a boxer has conducted himself in an unsportsman-like manner, he may stop the bout and disqualify the boxer.

 

17.5.2. Accidental fouls
1. If an accidental foul causes an injury severe enough for the referee to stop the bout immediately, the bout will result in a NO DECISION if stopped before four (4) completed rounds. Four (4) rounds are complete when the bell rings signifying the end of the fourth round.

2. If an accidental foul causes an injury severe enough for the referee to stop the bout after four (4) rounds have occurred, the bout will result in a TECHNICAL DECISION awarded to the boxer who is ahead on the score cards at the time the bout is stopped.


Partial or incomplete rounds will be scored. If no action has occurred, the round should be scored as an even round. This is at the discretion of the judges.


17.6.
Fighter who is hit with an accidental low blow must continue after a reasonable amount of time but no more than five (5) minutes, or he/ she will lose the fight.

 

§ 18 Illegal blows and fouls

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

18.1. Injuries (Cuts):

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.

Unfair Blows (Fouls)-may be the result of:

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.

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 EBP representative that the injury (cut) was produced by an intentional foul. If in the subsequent rounds the injury becomes so severe that the contest has to be suspended, the decision will be awarded as follows:

  • Technical Draw-if the injured boxer is behind in points or even on the scorecards of the judges when the bout is stopped.
  • 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 trying to foul his 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.

 

18.2. Accidental fouls
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. If the fight can continue, the referee will notify the Commissioner and the representative of the EBP 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. No Decision will be awarded to any of the contestants if the situation occurs before four rounds have been completed.


18.3. Referee

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

1. He shall be the only one to determine if injuries have been produced by a foul.
2. He shall be the only one to determine an intentional foul and cause points to be deducted.
3. He shall have the power to stop a contest and render a decision at any stage if he considers it to be too one-sided, or if either contestant is in such condition that to continue might subject him to serious injury.
4. The referee may stop the contest to consult with the ringside physician on the advisability of allowing the bout to continue.

 

18.4. Ringside physician
He may enter the ring during the round at the request of the referee.

 

18.5. Seconds

1. No second may enter the ring and assist a boxer back to his corner unless the bell has rung or the bout has been terminated by the referee.
2. If any corner person stands on the apron or enters the ring during a round, the referee shall disqualify the boxer.

 

18.6. Weight of gloves

The weight of gloves to be used in title bouts is as follows: 105-154 8oz; 155 and above 10oz.

 

18.7. Bandages

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. In the Light Heavyweight, Cruiserweight and Heavyweight classes, bandages may be twelve (13) 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. The binding of surgeon's tape must not be applied within one inch of the knuckles of the contestant’s hands.

 

§ 19 General rules and regulations

 

Each championship bout is to be for twelve (12) rounds, of three (3) minutes duration, and one (1) minute rest in between. There will be no standing eight (8) count.
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.


The scorecards will be picked up after each round and the tally made by the Commissioner and the Representative of the EBP.

 

19.1 Weigh-in ceremonies

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.

 

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. The contest may be staged, however, as a fight for the vacant title. If the challenger, having made the prescribed weight, shall win, he will be declared the winner of the vacant title. However, should the former champion win, the title will remain vacant. 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 wins or loses the bout. In the event both contestants fail to make the prescribed weight, the sanction of the bout will be withdrawn.

 

There shall be a second day weigh-in on the morning of the event. 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. At this weigh-in, boxers cannot weigh more than ten (10) pounds over the weight limit. If a boxer weighs more than ten (10) pounds over the weight limit, he will have two (2) hours thereafter to make the prescribed weight. If after two (2) hours he still weighs more than ten (10) pounds over the weight limit, the fight cannot proceed as a championship bout. If the Champion fails to appear for the second day weigh-in, the title will be vacated. 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 title whether he wins or loses the bout.

 

19.2. Knockdown and knockouts

A boxer shall be deemed to be down when any part of his body except his feet are on the floor, 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.

 

There will be a mandatory eight (8) count when one of the contestants is knocked off the soles of his feet or draped helplessly across the ropes. If this occurs, the knockdown timekeeper's count will commence and be picked up by the referee. At this point, the referee is in control and the knockdown timer will cease counting.

 

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

 

When a contestant has been knocked down, the referee will order the standing contestant to the farthest neutral corner and begin the count. 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. The count will not resume until the standing contestant has returned to the neutral corner.

 

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

 

The bell will not save a boxer in any round of the bout. 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 hands clear the floor.

 

19.3. Mouthpieces
The use of a mouthpiece is mandatory for all boxers. No round may start without a boxer's mouthpiece being in place. 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.

 

§ 20 Anti-doping

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

 

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.

 

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 EBP representative. The use of Irontype 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.

 

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. The specimens should be taken in a plastic container and properly marked by the physician and boxer. It should be divided in two parts for each boxer, with bottles # 1 being submitted to the laboratory. 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. Should that specimen prove positive, disciplinary action will be taken.

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Specimens will be tested for the following drugs:

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

 

§ 21 Boxer’s purse

Each boxer participating in this contest shall hereby certify that, to the best of his knowledge, the amount of his purse reported to the EBP in his contract with the promoter under EBP Rule 2 is the true amount of the full gross purse and is prior to any deductions for trainers, managers, promoters and expenses. The boxer further acknowledges that if he does not report the full amount of the purse he is subject to financial liability to the EBP and to the penalties in EBP Rule 14.

 
 
 
 
 

2016 - Eurasian Boxing Parliament