Boxers

BOXERS

1. Boxing is a sport where the competitors are evenly matched and so all boxers have to be registered with a true record of their experience, their gender and their age. All of these criteria are detailed in this section to ensure that boxers are correctly registered.
AGE & EXPERIENCE CATEGORIES

2 Boxers are categorised by Year of Birth and not Date of Birth. Age categories within the Army BA reflect those of England Boxing and are given below as:

a. Junior A junior boxer is a boxer who is due to reach their 16th birthday and whose 17th birthday does not fall within in the current calendar year, for this season these boxers are categorised by their Year of Birth for 2019 as born in 2003 and 2004 and for 2020 as born in 2004 and 2005.

i. Junior bouts are to be 3 x 2 minute rounds with 1 minute interval between rounds.

ii. Junior boxers may be matched against other Junior boxers, there may not be more than a 24 month age gap between boxers; extra caution must be taken when matching boxers with more than a 12 month age gap.

iii. Junior Boxers may be matched against Schoolboy and Schoolgirl boxers but there may not be more than a 12 month age gap.

iv. It is recommended that Junior boxers shall be restricted to 14 contests per season including skills bouts but excluding championships.

b. Youth A youth boxer is a boxer who is due to reach their 17th birthday and whose
19th birthday does not fall within in the current calendar year, for this season these boxers are categorised by their Year of Birth for 2019 as born in 2001 and 2002 and for 2020 as born in 2002 and 2003.

i. Youth bouts may include 3 x 2 minutes rounds, 4 x 2 minute rounds and 3 x 3 minute rounds all with a 1 minute rest interval between rounds.

ii. Youth boxers may be matched against other Youth boxers, there may not be more than a 24 month age gap between boxers; extra caution must be taken when matching boxers with more than a 12 month age gap.

iii. Youth boxers shall be restricted to 18 contests per season excluding Championships.

c. Senior There are two classes of “Senior” boxer – Elite and Development.

i. An Elite boxer for 2019 is a boxer born in any year between 1979 and 2000 or for 2020 is a boxer that is born between 1980 and 2001 that enters, or has entered, an Elite Championships previously known as the England Boxing Open Senior Championships or any National Championship. (Entry means weighing in and entering the draw).

• Once a boxer has entered these Championships and participated at any stage of this competition, they can no longer box at a lower level. (Participation means weighing in and entering the draw)

ii. A Development boxer for 2019 is a boxer born in any year between 1979 and 2000 or for 2020 is a boxer that is born between 1980 and 2001 and has limited experience as;

• Male Development A – A boxer who has not entered in to the Elite Championships and has less than 11 bouts (not including Skills) experience and has not won the England Boxing Development Class A boxing championships.

• Male Development B – A boxer who has not entered in to the Elite Championships and has 11 bouts (not including Skills) or more and less than 21 bouts experience and has not won the England Boxing Development Class B boxing championships.

• Female Development A – A boxer who has not entered the Elite Championships and has less than 7 bouts (not including Skills) experience and has not won the England Boxing Development Class A boxing championships.

• Female Development B – A boxer who has not entered in to the Elite Championships and more than 6 bouts but less than 15 bouts (not including Skills) experience and has not won the England Boxing Development Class B boxing championships.

iii. The Development boxer can return to box as a Development boxer having boxed an Elite boxer and box 3 x 2, 4 x 2 or 3 x 3 minute rounds, unless he or she has entered the England Boxing Open Senior Championships.

iv. Elite bouts are 3 x 3 minute rounds with 1 minute interval between rounds.

v. Elite and Development boxers shall be restricted to 18 contests per season excluding National Championships but including Single Service Championships.

(Coaches and Boxing Officers MUST be aware on the rules of matching boxers (detailed in paragraph 8 of this section and in the table at Annex B to Section 3)

Note: Pre-service individual contact sport experience (inc junior bouts, white collar bout, professional bouts and all martial arts bouts) count towards a boxer’s experience.

WEIGHT CATEGORIES

4. Weight categories boxers:

Male Elite Boxers

The following table lists the Championship weight categories in which males can participate. Under NO circumstances are these categories to be altered, nor may boxers compete in championships against an opponent outside of their weight category.

WEIGHT CATEGORY WEIGHT CRITERIA
Light Flyweight Over 46kg, not to exceed 49kg
Flyweight Over 49kg, not to exceed 52kg
Bantamweight Over 52kg, not to exceed 56kg
Lightweight Over 56kg, not to exceed 60kg
Light Welterweight Over 60kg, not to exceed 64kg
Welterweight Over 64kg, not to exceed 69kg
Middleweight Over 69kg, not to exceed 75kg
Light Heavyweight Over 75kg, not to exceed 81kg
*Cruiser Weight Over 81kg, not to exceed 86kg*
Heavyweight Over 81kg, not to exceed 91kg
Super Heavyweight Over 91kg
*Cruiserweight is a not a national pathway weight (not recognised by AIBA and therefore no opportunity to represent at National level) so for domestic competitions Cruiser Weight is a recognised weight category but for International Competition Heavyweight is 81- 91kg.

b. Female Elite and Youth. The following table lists the Championship weight categories in which females can participate. Under NO circumstances are these categories to be altered, nor may boxers compete in championships against an opponent outside of their weight category.

WEIGHT CATEGORY
WEIGHT CRITERIA
Light Flyweight Over 45kg, not to exceed 48kg
Flyweight Over 48kg, not to exceed 51kg
Bantamweight Over 51kg, not to exceed 54kg
Featherweight Over 54kg, not to exceed 57kg
Light weight Over 57kg, not to exceed 60kg
Light Welterweight Over 60kg, not to exceed 64kg
Welterweight Over 64kg, not to exceed 69kg
Middleweight Over 69kg, not to exceed 75kg
Light Heavyweight Over 75kg, not to exceed 81kg
Heavyweight Over 81kg
REGISTRATION OF BOXERS
5. All service boxers MUST be registered through their Single Service Boxing Association this is due to their status as employees of HM Forces. There are 2 types of registration Service Only Boxing (Army only) and England Boxing Registration, details of the boxer’s registration process can be found in Section 7 – Registration.
a. Service Only Boxing – Boxing other Service personnel on Service property only.
b. England Boxing – for boxers who wish to box civilians or off of service property.

INACCURATE DECLARATION OF BOXERS
6. Discipline process – Failure to declare bouts
a. Discovered on Registration – boxer and unit offered the opportunity to explain reasons. If unsatisfactory a 6 month suspension will be imposed.
b. Discovered after boxing within experience category – boxer and unit offered opportunity to explain reasons. If unsatisfactory a 1 calendar year suspension will be imposed immediately on the boxer, and the unit will be expelled from any competition that boxer has been entered in.
c. Discovered after boxing at a lower experience category – Case referred to the Major Discipline Panel

ANNUAL MEDICAL
7. All boxers must undertake an Annual Medical and be passed Fit to Box by a Service Employed Dr prior to any boxing training (See Section 12 Medical Management of Service Boxing).

MATCHING OF BOXERS

8. When matching boxers coaches must consider the guidelines below;

Boxers should box against opposition within their own age, experience and weight categories wherever possible, the following exception may be considered;

A boxer may box an opponent that is not in the same weight category but they must be within the weight of the lowest weight category. i.e. a welter weight boxer (Welter weight category weight span 3.5kg) may box either a Light Welter Weight Boxers (span 3.5kg) or Light Middle Weight boxer (span 4kg), if there is less than 3.5kg difference in weight. Coaches and matchmakers should note that advice is that no boxer should concede weight and experience i.e. Boxer A has 5 bouts and weighs 65kg V Boxer B has 8 bouts and weighs 68kg. Advice from the ARMY BA is that matches are made to within 1kg.
GENDER RULINGS

9. Under NO circumstances are males and females permitted to spar or box each other competitively. An additional declaration is required for females who are required to declare they are not pregnant; this is achieved by a declaration at their Annual Medical and on every pre bout medical form prior to the medical with the Ringside Doctor.

Additional dress/attire rulings for females in the UK Armed Forces are:

i. Female boxers must wear chest protectors

ii. Female boxers must wear female abdominal protectors.

BOXERS DRESS AND APPEARANCE

10. Boxers are to adhere to the rules of dress and appearance as follows;

a. Youth and Female boxers only are to wear an AIBA-approved head guard during all forms of competitive boxing, Elite Boxers (boxers aged meeting the criteria in Para 2 sub para c of Section 3) do not wear head guards for competitive boxing. All boxers are to wear head guards during any sparring or training activities involving a risk of head injury.

b. Have a personal gum shield (dental-fitted mouth guards are strongly recommended) in place during all competitive boxing, including sparring and activities involving a risk of mouth injury. Gum shields must not be red or partially red in colour.

c. A groin/abdominal protector must be worn. (It is mandatory for females to wear chest protectors during all competitive boxing, military and civilian, and sparring sessions).

d. Wear boxing shorts, which must reach to mid-thigh, but not extend below the knee during competitive boxing. (Lycra type cycling shorts are not to be worn as the primary form of shorts, but may be worn under boxing shorts provided they are not visible).

e. A vest or singlet, properly fitting vests should be worn by competitors.

f. Wear boxing boots or trainers, without raised heels or spikes/cleats.

g. Wear socks that are visible above the boots/trainers.

I. All boxers must wear AIBA approved wraps or crepe type bandages when competing. A bandage must not be longer than 4.5 metres and not shorter than 2.5 metres. The bandage should be 5.7 cm (2 inches) wide and have a Velcro closure. NO OTHER KIND OF BANDAGES MAY BE USED.

j. Gloves AIBA approved gloves must be worn for all competitive boxing as;

10oz gloves.- All Females, Junior boxers and male Elite and Youth boxers in weight categories 64kg and below.

12oz gloves – Male Elite and Youth boxers in weight categories above 64kg.

The weight of all competition gloves must be clearly marked on the cuffs in indelible marker.

k. Hair – All hair must be secured within the head guard use of hairnets, nylon swim caps or bandannas are encouraged if hair is long.

l. Soft Contact lenses may be worn (please note the rules regarding a boxer that wears contact lenses. (see AIBA Technical Rules para 2.2.3.3.4).

m. The Hijab may be worn by female boxers but permission to do so must be gained from the Supervisor at the Weigh in.

n. Cavilon Barrier Cream should be applied by any boxer that boxes without a head guard. Clear instructions for the use of Cavilon are provided at Annex A to Section 4.
DURATION AND NUMBER OF ROUNDS AND INTERVALS

11. Within UKAF BA competitions the duration and number of rounds and intervals duration depends upon experience and age as follows;

Elite Boxers – 3 x 3 minute rounds with a 1 minute rest interval between rounds.

Development Boxers –

Class A – 3 x 2 minute rounds with a 1 minute rest interval between rounds .

Class B – 4 x 2 or 3 x 3 minute rounds with a 1 minute rest interval between rounds. Championships will be boxed a 3 x 3 minute rounds.
BOXING AGAINST CIVILIAN OPPOSITION OR AT A CIVILIAN VENUE

12. When boxing against civilian opposition or in a civilian environment the Single Service Secretary must contact the Regional Association where the event is taking place and the Regional Association to which the opposing boxers are registered. Failure to do so will mean the show is classed as unlicensed and no boxer is insured for injury. Details on the procedures required are at Section 8

MATCHING

13. Matching does not need to be complicated but does need to be safely managed, below is the rules and guidance for matching boxers;

a. Senior Boxers – Elite and Development boxers should be matched on Weight and Experience. Round duration is to be determined by coaches and the Supervisor but within the guidelines in Para 11 to this section.

b. Youth Boxers – may only be matched against another Youth, there may not be more than 24 months age difference between the boxers and extra caution must be taken when matching boxers of more than 12 months age difference.

c. A Junior boxer may be matched against another Junior boxer; there may not be more than 24 months age difference between boxers and extra caution must be taken when matching boxers of more than 12 months age difference. A Junior boxer may be matched against a Schoolboy/girl but the age gap may not be more than 12 months and the round duration will be 3 x 1.5 minutes.

d. Weight – All boxers must be matched at no greater weight difference than the smaller weight category of the 2 matched boxers, for example;

Red is a light welter weight and Blue is a welter weight, the LWelter weight category spans from 60 – 64kg (4kg) and the Welter weight category spans from 64 – 69kg (5kg) so the boxers must be matched at no more than 4kg apart! The guidance for all coaches is that all boxers should be matched within 1kg of each other. No coach should be pressured into taking a bout that is not right for their boxer.

COUNT LIMITS

14. Standing Counts for boxers before the Referee must end the contest are as follows;

a. Junior – 3 Counts in a single round or 4 in a contest
b. Youth – 3 Counts in a single round or 4 in a contest
c. Senior –
i. Female – 3 Counts in a single round or 4 in a contest
ii. Male – 3 Counts in a single round or 7 in a 3 round contest or 9 in a 4 round contest.

RELATED RULES

MEDICAL SUSPENSIONS – any boxer who has a medical suspension must not train or box until they have had a full Annual Medical once the suspension has been served.

10 DAY RULE – No boxer may take part in competitive boxing if they have no competitive boxing experience and their Annual Medical is less than 10 clear days prior to the competition.

12 HOUR RULE – No boxer will be permitted to box twice in a single day.

DECISIONS – a complete list of boxing decisions can be found at Section 6 Annex C

FOULS – a complete list of fouls in boxing can be found at Section 6 Annex D.