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AMATEUR RULES AND REGULATIONS

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  • FULL PHYSICAL BY MD
    • All fighters must have a full physical done within the calendar year of their bout.
      Fighters must bring a copy of this physical with them to EVERY scheduled bout for the Event Medical Doctor to review.
      To download/print this form click CLICK HERE.

  • PRE BOUT PHYSICAL
    • All fighters shall take a pre bout physical within 24 hours prior to each bout.
      To see this physical form CLICK HERE.

  • GENERAL BOUT RULES

    1. ROUNDS
      • A fighter cannot be saved by the bell except in the final round.
      • All IAB Amateur Non Title Bouts are 3, 2 minute rounds with 1 minute rests between rounds.
      • IAB Amateur "TITLE" Bouts can vary and are determined by the IAB and the matchmaker.
        They can be:
        • 3, 2 minute rounds with 1 minute rests between rounds.
        • 4, 2 minute rounds with 1 minute rests between rounds.
        • 5, 2 minute rounds with 1 minute rests between rounds.
          • NO IAB Amateur "TITLE" Bout shall be over 5 rounds.

    2. 3 KNOCKDOWN RULE
      • The 3 knockdown rule is ALWAYS in effect in IAB Boxing unless otherwise noted between the promoter, referee and IAB Representative at the event.
      • If a fighter drops his/her mouthpiece 3 times during a round, he/she will be disqualified from the match and lose by a technical knockout.
      • Slips will not count as a knockdown or a standing 8 count.
      • If a fighter is knocked down to the ring floor or falls to the floor, he/she must get up under their own power.
        • IAt this time, the other fighter must retreat to farthest neutral corner.
      • The IAB 3 knockdown rule is as follows:
        • If a fighter is knocked down to the mat 3 times in one round OR given 3 standing 8 counts in one round, the bout is automatically over.

    3. STANDING 8 COUNT
      • Standing 8 Count is Always used in IAB"AMATEUR" Competition.
        If a fighter looks helpless and receives several blows to the head or body but continues to stand, not move and not defend him or herself, the referee will give the fighter a standing 8 count and, if the referee feels it is necessary, may stop the fight at that time.

    4. GLOVES
      • If a fighter or trainer cuts the strings or ANY part of their fight gloves, they will be liable for the cost of a NEW pair of gloves.
        Payment is DEMANDED at the event and paid to the promoter.
        "YOU CUT THEM, YOU BUY THEM!"

    5. HANDWRAPPING
      • Fighters may tape their wrists and hands but not over their knuckles.
      • Pro wraps are OK with tape and gauze.
      • Also, regular training handwraps secured by tape are OK too.
      • ALL Fighter handwarps must be "SIGNED OFF" by the IAB Event Representative PRIOR to the beginning of their bout.
      • DO NOT ADD TAPE OR GAUZE TO YOUR HAND AFTER BEING SIGNED OFF!
      • If after the bout your glove is removed and there is no IAB Event Officials signature on your handwrap you WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

    6. DRESS CODE
      • Boxing or Wrestling Shoes
      • Boxing Shorts/Trunks
      • T-Shirts or Tank Tops are Optional
      • Mouthpiece
      • *Headgear
        • (*) Boxers with more than 3 registered boxing bouts may elect to not wear headgear but MUST SUBMIT PROOF OF BOUT EXPERIENCE TO THE IAB.
          • To submit Proof Please Use This Form - Click HERE.
            Must be a WINNING record such as 3-0, 2-1. Can't be an even, 2-2, or losing record such as 1-3 no matter how many fights they have.
      • Groin Cup
      • FEMALES: Sports Bra (Hard surface chest protectors are optional)

    7. WEIGH-INS


  • WAYS TO WIN A BOUT
    • The 10 Point Must System is always in effect in ALL IAB Sanctioned bouts.
      • SCORE EXAMPLES
        • 10-10 round, indicates that according to the judge, BOTH fighters showed even or equal skill and no clear winner could be determined by the judge.
        • 10-9 round, indicates one fighter was somewhat more effective than the other or even dominated the round without a knockdown or standing 8 count. A 10-9 could also be given in a round where the dominating fighter was knocked down once in the round.
        • 10-8 round indicates one fighter was in constant control and clearly out fought his opponent as far as technique within the ring "AND" scored a standing 8 count or a knockdown on his/her opponent. The 10 score would be given to the fighter who forced the knockdown or a standing 8 count.
        • 10-7 round indicates total domination by one fighter in all aspects to the point that the referee nearly stopped the fight. There should have been at least 2 standing 8 counts and or 2 clear knockdowns.
        • 9-9 score indicates one or both fighters scored 10, but a point deduction brought the score down to 9-9. Again, these are just some EXAMPLES. There are many other possibilities in final scoring, especially when point deduction, standing 8 counts and knockdowns all intermix together in a single round.

    • BOUT DECISION ANNOUNCEMENTS
      • NO CONTEST: When a no fault foul happens in the first round and 1 or both cannot continue.

      • WINNER, LOSER: Unanimous Decision, Majority Decision or Split Decision.

      • DRAW: When all 3 score cards show equal points to each fighter.

      • MAJORITY DRAW: When 2 out of the 3 judges score equal amount of points to both fighters.

      • UNANIMOUS DECISION: When all 3 judges score the same winner.

      • SPLIT DECISION: When 2 judges score one fighter a winner and the third judge scores the other fighter a winner.

      • MAJORITY DECISION: When 2 judges score one fighter a winner and the third judge scores both fighters EVEN, as a draw.

      • TECHNICAL WIN (TW): TECHNICAL LOSE (TL), TECHNICAL DRAW: Usually resulting from a Foul. The outcome of this event was judged by the scorecards of the previous rounds.

      • TECHNICAL FORFEIT, TECHNICAL WIN: Usually from a pre-event disqualification or from invalid fight experience: not giving actual experience to the matchmaker prior to the event.)

      • TECHNICAL KNOCKOUT
        • A fighter has been stopped from fighting from taking too many blows or maybe knocked down 3 times in one round, but can still stand or is not knocked "OUT".
          • If a fighter loses by TKO the IAB WILL suspend him/her from competition for a minimum of 30 days.
          • This is a fighter who is obviously hurt and the referee feels he/she cannot continue any longer.
          • Any fighter who loses their bout by TECHNICAL KNOCKOUT will be suspended from Fighting for 30 days.
          • For health and safety reasons, if the Chief Corner felt his/her fighter is unable to continue he/she may "Threw in the towel."
            • If doing so, Chief Cornerman must step up to the ring ropes and follow the towel into the ring.

      • KNOCKOUT
        • In the IAB a "KNOCKOUT" indicates that a fighter was "OUT COLD" after a strike.
          • A fighter shall be awarded a knockout Win if he/she knocks their opponent to the ring floor and the opponent cannot stand or is OUT COLD by the count of 10.
        • Any fighter who loses their bout by KO, or KNOCKOUT will be suspended from Fighting for a MINIMUM of 45 days.
        • It is the responsibility of the fighter, trainer and manager to respect and abide by this rule for the personal safety of their own fighter.

      • DISQUALIFICATION
        • Usually the decision after an excessive Foul (or 1 harsh Foul.). The IAB Referee and IAB Ringside Representative shall make such a decision.
          • FOR EXAMPLE: If a fighter is injured from a Foul, and the fight continues, but is later stopped because of additional injury to the fouled area, the score cards will be tallied. If the fighter fouling is ahead on the score cards a TECHNICAL DRAW will be the result of the fight. If the fighter not fouling is ahead, he will be awarded a TW (Technical Win) and the fighter fouling will be awarded a TL (Technical Los) or DISQUALIFICATION.

      • FALLING OUT OF RING
        • Usually if a boxer falls or is pushed through the ropes out of the ring, it is not their own fault. If so, the bout shall stop until said boxer can gather him/herself and return to the ring. They are not allowed any help from their own cornermen, but ringside officials may assist within reason.
        • However, if the fall from the ring caused any injury/damage, the ringside physician shall examine the boxer to make any such conclusion.
          • If injured, the Referee, Ringside Doctor and IAB Representative shall determine whether the injury was due to a strike prior to their falling from the ring or a cause of the fall and together shall make a decision as to the outcome of the bout.
          • Refer to FOULS below.

  • FOULS



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