HIGHLIGHTS OF THE I.B.A. RULES UNIFORMED CHAMPIONSHIP RULES
as approved June 6, 1998
President: Dean Chance
Vice President: Bob Case
Vice President: Tony Nolfi
Ratings Chairman: John Chavez
championship contest will be scheduled for twelve (12) rounds,
of three (3) minutes duration, and one (1) minute rest period
for men. Each championship contest will be scheduled for ten
(10) rounds, of two (2) minute duration, and one (1) minute
rest period for women.
is the sole arbiter of a bout and is the only individual
authorized to stop a contest.
3. All bouts will be evaluated
and scored by three (3) judges.
The 10-point Must System will be standard system of scoring a
5. Mandatory Eight (8) Count
after knockdowns will be standard procedure in all bouts.
professional boxers are required to wear a mouthpiece during
competition. The round can not 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.
7. There is NO Standing
Eight (8) Counts.
8. There is NO Three (3) Knockdown Rule.
9. A boxer shall receive
a twenty (20) second count if he is knocked out of the
ring and onto the floor. The Boxer is to be unassisted
by his seconds. If assisted by his seconds, he shall be
disqualified by the referee.
10. A boxer who has been knocked down can not be
saved by the bell in any round.
11. If a boxer
sustains an injury from a fair blow and the injury is severe
enough to terminate the bout, the injured boxer will lose by
12. Injuries sustained by Fouls: A. Intentional fouls:
If an intentioinal foul causes an injury, and the injury
is severe enough to terminate a bout immediately, the boxer
causing the injury shall lose by disqualification.
2: If an intentional foul causes
injury and the bout is allowed to continue, the referee will
notify the authorities and deduct (2) points from the boxer
who caused the foul. Point deductions for intentional
fouls will be mandatory.
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 or the bout will result in a TECHNICAL
DRAW if the injured boxer is behind or even on the score
a boxer injures himself while attempting to intentionally foul
his opponent, the referee will not take any action in his
favor, and this injury will be the same as one produced by a
the Referee feels that a Boxer has conducted himself in an
unsportsmanlike manner he may stop the bout and disqualify the
b. 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 Contest if
stopped before four (4) completed rounds.
2: If an
accidental foul causes an injury severe enough for the referee
to stop the bout immediately, 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.
a. Partial or incomplete rounds
will be scored. If no action has occurred, the
round should be scored as an even round.
13. A 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 will
lose the fight.
There will be
an I.B.A. rules meeting with the boxers and managers prior to
IBA Ratings Appeal Process
The IBA adopts the following procedures for a boxer to appeal the
A. Form and Timing of Appeal
All appeals shall be in writing from complainant or the designated
representative and shall be sent to the Chairperson of the Ratings
Committee within ten (10) days from the date of the ratings posted on
the official IBA website at ibamensboxing.com.
B. Waiver of right to Appeal
Failure to appeal within ten (10) days shall constitute a waiver of the
right to appeal.
C. Consideration of the appeal
The President of the IBA shall notify the members of the Executive
Committee of the appeal and provide each member with all documentation
received by the Ratings Chairperson regarding the appeal, as well as a
copy of the written justification for the rating provided by the Ratings
D. Requirements for changing a rating
Any appeal to change a rating under this rule must be approved by a
majority vote of the Executive Committee.
E. Notification of results
The complainant will be notified in writing of the results of the appeal
within ten (10) days after submission of the appeal to the Ratings
IBA Ratings Criteria
1. No boxer shall be rated in more than one (1) weight division.
2. Ratings must be solely based on win/loss records, level of
competition, activity and a boxer’s adherence to IBA rules and
regulations. The records of any top ten (10) rated boxer must be
3. For a boxer to be considered for the top ten (10) he must have had at
least six (6) professional fights.
4. For a boxer to be rated in the top ten (10) and compete for a world
title he must have competed in at least four bouts scheduled for (8)
5. For a boxer to remain in the top ten (10) he must:
A) Compete at least once during a twelve (12) month period from the time
a boxer gets rated and must also compete within six (6) pounds of his
rated weight and;
B) Must have competed against another top ten (10) rated boxer within an
eighteen (18) month period from the time the boxer gets rated. A boxer
who does not meet this level of competition will be removed from the
ratings. Exceptions will be made for injuries for a period of up to 90
days with proper medical documentation.
6. If a top fifteen (10) rated boxer loses to an un-rated boxer then the
rated boxer shall be lowered or removed from the ratings. The un-rated
boxer may be considered for a rating in the top fifteen (10).
7. For a boxer to be rated in the number one (1) or two (2) position he
must be rated in one of the top five (5) available positions and beat
another boxer rated in one of the top (5) available positions.
8. There are no mandatory defenses for IBA world champions.
9. Boxers that contract to fight for other world titles shall be
considered unavailable and will be removed from the rankings.
10. It is the responsibility of the boxer’s management to notify the
Ratings Committee of a boxer’s activity.
11. All ratings criteria are subject to exception by approval of the