Chapter 85-1 PROFESSIONAL BOXING
|(1)||"Applicant" means any persons, corporations, organizations or associations required to be licensed before promoting, holding, organizing, participating in, or competing in a professional boxing match.|
|(2)||"Body jewelry" means any tangible object affixed to, through, or around any portion of the contestant's body.|
|(3)||"Federal Identification Card" means an identification card issued by the commission pursuant to O.C.G.A 43-4B-12 or any such card issued by another boxing commission as required by 15 USC 6305, et seq.|
|(4)||"Official" unless otherwise indicated is an exclusive term collectively meaning "judges," "referees," and "timekeepers."|
|(5)||"Sanctioning Organization" means a national or internationally organization generally recognized in the boxing community and which: ranks boxers within each weight class; sanctions and approves championship matches in those weight classes; and awards championship status and championship prizes (belts, rings, plaques, etc.) to the winner of those matches.|
|(6)||"Special Event" means a boxing card or boxing show, which has among its contests a championship match, a pay-per-view or subscription television match, a national televised match, or any other match of significance to boxing in this state as designated by the commission.|
|(5)||Programs for Charity.
|(7)||Boxers. Boxers applying to
be licensed in Georgia shall meet the following requirements:
|(8)||Trainer. A trainer is someone who is responsible for the day to day training of mixed martial artists and boxers. A trainer should possess a minimum of five years experience in combative sports and be approved by the Commission of the Secretary of the Commission. If denied by the Secretary of the Commission, the applicant may appeal to the full Commission. Only trainers licensed by the Commission may make the recommendation to the Commission on whether a contestant is prepared for their first amateur mixed martial arts bout or to turn professional in boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts. A trainer shall be present in the corner of the contestant unless otherwise authorized by the Commission, Secretary of the Commission, or the Chief of Officials.|
|(9)||Suspensions and Revocations.
|(10)||Falsifying an Application. Upon a finding by the majority of the commission that any licensee or applicant has knowingly made a misleading, deceptive, untrue or fraudulent representation in regard to a professional match contest or exhibition of boxing or any document connected therewith or practiced fraud or deceit or intentionally made any false statement in obtaining a license to participate or promote a professional match contest or exhibition of boxing or made a false statement or deceptive registration with the commission then the commission shall have the authority to refuse to grant a license to an applicant, revoke the license of a person licensed by the commission, or discipline a person licensed by the commission.|
|(1)||Promoter's License Surety Bond.
|(2)||Match Permit Bond.
|(3)||Complaints and Actions to Recover
|(3)||Additional Medical Examinations. The commission may at any times require any Contestant to undergo such additional medical examinations performed by a state licensed physician as may be necessary to determine such Contestant's medical fitness to compete.|
|(4)||Before Contest: Illness or Injury. Should a Contestant who is already under contract to compete on an announced card, because of illness or injury, become unable to compete in such contest, he or she or his or her manager must immediately report said injury to the promoter and the commission. The commission may then require said Contestant to submit to an examination conducted by a commission designated physician.|
|(5)||Medical Suspensions by Other Commission. Medical suspensions by other boxing commissions recognized by the Association of Boxing Commissions and which are published by any boxing registry approved for such purposes by the Association of Boxing Commissions shall be recognized and honored by the commission.|
|(6)||Drugs Prohibited. The administration or use of any drugs, alcohol, stimulants, or injections in any part of the contestant's body either prior to or during a match is prohibited unless such drugs are administered by a physician and with the approval of the commission. The commission may order drug screens at any time and at the expense of the Contestant.|
|(7)||Time Between Bouts. Except as specifically authorized by the commission or commission representative, no Contestant shall be permitted to engage in another contest or exhibition in any jurisdiction for a period of seven (7) days after competing in Georgia.|
|(8)||Head Injury. Any Contestant who suffers a knock out, concussion, or other serious head injury, should be examined by the ringside physician. The physician shall immediately report to the commission the condition of such Contestant and whether or not additional medical attention is advised.|
|(9)||Knock Out and Technical Knock
|(10)||Under-Conditioned Fighter. An under-conditioned fighter will be suspended for 90 days.|
|(12)||Verification of Contestant
|(1)||General Responsibilities and Provisions. During the performance of
any promotion it shall be the promoter's responsibility to ensure the
compliance with all laws and rules governing professional boxing in Georgia.
Such responsibilities shall include, but will not be limited to the following:
Contract or Bout Agreement: Unless agreed upon in advance by the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission, all bout agreements must be on the form approved by the commission.
|(7)||Failure to Perform.
|(1)||General Provisions. Any dimension in this rule, where the unit of measurement is "inches," shall be considered only as a general and approximate guideline. Where such dimension guidelines are exceeded, the commission appointed supervisor shall have the authority to allow or disallow any such variance from the established guideline.|
|(4)||Gong. The gong shall be approved by the commission and it shall be of sufficient size to enable its sound to be heard by both contestants and the referee.|
|(5)||Ring Equipment. The promoter shall provide a sufficient number of water buckets for the use of all contestants. Each bucket shall be sterilized before being used. Additionally, the promoter shall provide, resin, stools, and such other articles as a re required for the conduct of each bout.|
|(6)||Scales. Scales shall be furnished by the promoter. The commission may require that the scales be certified. Residential bathroom scales of the type generally used in private residences will not meet certification requirements of the commission and will not be allowed for use at any weigh-in.|
|(7)||Hand Wrapping: Gauze and
|(9)||Taping of Gloves. Unless otherwise permitted by the commission appointed supervisor, glove laces shall not be covered by tape except under the direct supervision of a commission approved inspector or official.|
|(2)||Compensation for boxing referees
|(3)||Referees and Judges.
|(4)||Fouls. In general a referee
has wide discretion in how to punish an offending boxer who fouls his or her
opponent. If the referee determines that a foul is unintentional, he or she may
simply caution the offending boxer to be attentive to rules concerning fouls.
If the foul is determined to be intentional, the referee may issue a warning to
the offending boxer, or may deduct one or more points from the offending boxer.
The referee may also disqualify any boxer who intentionally fouls his or
|(6)||Low Blows: Intentional or
|(3)||Between Round Care. Between
round care of a boxer will be strictly enforced by the commission.
|(4)||After the Bout.
|(1)||Application for Promoter's License.
|(2)||Application for a Match
|(3)||Applications for Surety Bond.
|(4)||Application for a Matchmaker's License.
|(5)||Application for Contestant's
|(6)||Application for Manager's License.
Official's or Assistant's License.
|(2)||Investigations, Hearings, and
|1.|| As used in this rule, the following terms
|2.||Effective July 1, 2017, military spouses and transitioning service members may qualify for expedited processing of the license application by showing that the applicant is a military spouse or transitioning service member and that the applicant has paid the fee and meets the requirements for a license under the law and rules for the type of license for which the applicant has applied."|
1) Any boxer previously suffering subdural hematoma or intracerebral hematoma (regardless of the cause) must report such to the physician. Rule 2, (7)
2) All boxers, prior to being approved to compete in any given match, must pass a thorough pre-fight physical. Pre-fight physicals are usually conducted at the weigh in. Rule 2, (7); Rule 4, (1)
3) All female boxers must submit to a pre-fight pregnancy test. Rule 4, (2)
4) Boxer with extended period of inactivity (defined as 36 months or greater) must complete a cardiovascular evaluation and a neurological examination. Rule 2, (7), Rule 4, (1)
5) Boxers with 200 or more fought rounds (according to their Fight Fax record) must complete a neurological examination and a dilated ophthalmological examination. Rule 2, (7), Rule 4, (1)
6) Boxers 38 years old or older (if approved by the commission) must complete a neurological examination, a dilated ophthalmological examination, and a cardiovascular evaluation. Rule 2, (7)
1) Weigh-Ins generally take place the day before the show. Any Contestant not weighed by the commission six hours prior to the scheduled beginning of the show will not be approved to appear on the card. Rule 8, (1)
2) All Contestants are required to be at the weigh-in. Rule 8, (1)
3) All bout agreements must be tendered to commission supervisor prior to weighing, and no Contestant will be allowed on the scales without having completed the required license application. Rule 2, (1), Rule 5, (6)
4) Weight loss after the first weighing (when a Contestant fails to make contracted weight) will be strictly monitored by the commission and any Contestant losing more than the allowable number of pounds will be removed from the card. Rule 8, (1)
5) Weight spread between competitors (at the time of the weigh-in) will be strictly monitored by the commission and any match in which the competitors weight range exceeds commission guidelines may be removed from the card. Competitors mutually agreeing to waive the weight-spread rule will affirm their agreement in writing on their bout agreement contract. Rule 8, (1)
1) Promoter's license application and Match Permit application must be received no less than thirty (30) days prior to the intended date of the show. Rule 2, (3); Rule 2, (6)
2) Applications for a promoter's license or match permit must be complete and must be signed by the applicant and notarized by a notary public, or signed by the applicant in the presence of a commission representative. Rule 2, (3); Rule 2, (6)
3) Applications must be accompanied by a security bond in an amount to be designated by the commission representative. Rule 2, (3); Rule 2, (6); Rule 3
4) Promoters will be required to meet with the full commission prior to having their application reviewed. Rule 2, (6)
5) Promoter's application, if the application is submitted by a partnership or a corporation must include a separate "questions" page for each officer or partner, must be notarized, must be submitted with a Promoter's Bond, and must be submitted with a cashier's check in the amount of $50.00. Rule 2, (1); Rule 3
6) Match Permit application must be submitted with a Match Permit Bond, a copy of the medical insurance binder, a disclosure as to who is supplying the ring and what brand of gloves will be used, must be notarized, and must be submitted with a cashier's check in the amount of $50.00. Rule 2, (6); Rule 3; Rule 6, (1); Rule 6, (8)
|1)||Temporary tattoos and other body colorizations are a violation of the commission's rule prohibiting the use of cosmetics by any boxer, and as such will not tolerated. Any boxer displaying a temporary tattoo will, prior to entering the ring, be given the opportunity to wash the tattoo or colorization off or otherwise have it removed. Failure to remove the tattoo or colorization will constitute a violation of the commission's rules, and will result in the offending boxer being disqualified from participating in the match. The match will be scored as a loss by disqualification (LDSQ) for the offending boxer. Rule 8, (1)(i)8.|
|2)||Each round begins with the referee's announcement "FIGHT," not with the sound of the gong. The time-keeper will start the clock with the announcement "FIGHT," then and only then beginning the three or two minutes of action. Each round ends with the sounding of the gong and any blow struck after the sound of the gong may result in a penalty against the offending boxer. Rule 7, (7) (c)|
|3)||A boxer cannot be saved by the bell in any round. If a boxer is down at the sound of the gong, the referee will continue his or her count until the boxer rises or until the count of ten is sounded. If the boxer rises prior to the count of ten the referee will proceed with his or her duty to ensure that it is safe for a boxer to continue the match. During this time, the standing boxer will remain in a neutral corner. Once the referee determines that it should be safe for the match to continue he or she will face the timekeeper and sound "STOP" at which time the timekeeper will sound the gong a second time and will begin the one-minute rest period. A boxer who does not stand prior to the count of ten will lose the bout by knockout (KOBY) "at the end of round ___." A boxer who does stand prior to the count of ten, but is unable to continue the bout will lose the bout by a technical knockout (TKBY) "at the end of round ___." Rule 7, (3)|
|4)||A cut may not be treated during the action portion of any round. A brief time-out may be called by the referee if a cut appears severe and the referee believes that is should be checked by the physician. During such a time-out the physician may only check the cut (to advise the referee if the bout should be stopped). Neither the physician nor any corner person may treat the cut (to advise the referee if the bout should be stopped). Neither the physician nor any corner person may treat the cut during any called time-out. If a corner worker attempts to stop the bleeding or treat the cut, the injured boxer will lose by disqualification (LDSQ). If the bout is stopped and no disqualification was called by the referee, and the cut was caused by a head-butt, the appropriate foul rule will be invoked. Rule 7, (4)|