RULES & REGULATIONS FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
- General Rules and RegulationS
Championship bouts shall be held under the jurisdiction of the local commission or organization legally authorized to regulate, control, and supervise professional boxing in cooperation with championship fight rules of the WBC Asian Boxing Council (ABCO).
1.1 WBC Asian Boxing Council championship fights shall be 8 or 10 rounds. Each round shall be three minutes with a one-minute in-between round resting period. Female title fights will be contested over two-minute rounds with a one-minute resting period. Where applicable, under special circumstances, and with agreement by all parties, amendments to the amount of rounds may be considered.
1.2 WBC Asian Boxing Council championships shall be officiated by a referee and three judges appointed by the head of the WBC Asian Boxing Council’s ring officials committee.
1.3 The Ten Point Must scoring system shall be applied to all WBC Asian Boxing Council championship contests.
1.4 As circumstances arising in the sport of boxing are unique to each matter, no decision of the WBC Asian Boxing Council in its discretion shall constitute a precedent or establish a course of dealing upon which any party may rely. The WBC Asian Boxing Council shall retain the power and authority to issue rulings on a case-by-case basis in the exerciseof its sole
1.5 By participating (boxer) in any bout, promotion, or any other activity involving the WBC Asian Boxing Council’s governing powers, sanctioning of a bout, or exclusive trademarks and any other item of WBC Asian Boxing Council intellectual property, each champion, challenger, promoter, and all other parties are deemed to and expressly hereby agree to be subject to these Rules & Regulations and all WBC Asian Boxing Council’s rulings and interpretations.
1.6 All promoters must request in writing the approval by the WBC Asian Boxing Council for all WBC Asian Boxing Council sanctioned championships. No bout shall be considered as officially sanctioned by the WBC Asian Boxing Council unless the promoter has received the written approval of the WBC Asian Boxing Council President’s office, and complies fully with all terms and conditions of the WBC Asian Boxing Council’s sanctioning, including payment of all required fees and compliance with these Rules & Regulations and any applicable.
1.7 The WBC Asian Boxing Council reserves the right to deny its sanction of any bout, or to withdraw its sanction prior to a bout after it was initially granted, for cause as the WBC Asian Boxing Council shall determine in its sole discretion. Instances of cause may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The WBC Asian Boxing Council may deny or withdraw its sanction of any contest to be held in a jurisdiction that does not recognize and accommodate to the WBC Asian Boxing Council’s satisfaction the WBC Asian Boxing Council’s legitimate interest in the conduct of sanctioned bouts, including these Rules & Regulations, the WBC Constitution, the WBC Asian Boxing Council’s implementation of any of its programs or protocols which may include (e.g., instant replay, partial open scoring, electronic scoring, Clean Boxing Program, Weight Management Program,), any other WBC Asian Boxing Council binding documents, and the WBC Asian Boxing Council’s right to appoint and approve ring officials.
- The WBC Asian Boxing Council may deny or withdraw its sanction of any contest to be held in a jurisdiction that, by action or omission, violates the WBC Asian Boxing Council’s principles or Constitution.
1.8 The WBC Asian Boxing Council may also deny a bout sanction to any bout involving a promoter whose actions might be detrimental to the WBC Asian Boxing Council and boxing if the promoter acts in opposition to the WBC Asian Boxing Council expressed policies on safety and other measures to protect boxers, or for any other violations of the WBC Asian Boxing Council’s Rules & Regulations, principles, or Constitution.
1.9 The WBC Asian Boxing Council reserves the right to revoke or withdraw its sanction of any bout that had been previously sanctioned or which the WBC Asian Boxing Council had agreed to sanction as a WBC Asian Boxing Council contest under circumstances including, but not limited to, the following:
- if (i) the local boxing commission where the bout occurred did not permit the WBC Asian Boxing Council to appoint all the ring officials, or if the WBC Asian Boxing Council did not agree in writing to all ring officials appointed by the local commission for the match, and (ii) based on the WBC Asian Boxing Council’s president’s judgment, the result is that the decision in the contest is different from what it would have been if all officials had been appointed by the WBC Asian Boxing Council and upheld the WBC Asian Boxing Council’s rules and standards; or
- if (i) all Rules & Regulations, Championship Rules, and rulings of the WBC Asian Boxing Council are not complied with, and (ii) based on the WBC Asian Boxing Council’s President’s judgment, the result is that the decision in the contest is different from what it would have been if all of the WBC Asian Boxing Council’s Rules & Regulations, Championship Rules, standards, and rulings had been properly applied, as determined by the WBC Asian Boxing Council in its sole and absolute discretion, with any final decision ratified by the WBC Asian Boxing Council president.
2.Weights and Weigh-in Ceremony. WBC Asian Boxing Council championships bouts shall be recognized in the following weight divisions:
- Strawweight, 105 pounds (48 kg)
- Light flyweight, 108 pounds (49 kg)
- Flyweight, 112 pounds (51 kg)
- Super flyweight, 115 pounds (52 kg)
- Bantamweight, 118 pounds (53.5 kg)
- Super bantamweight, 122 pounds (55 kg)
- Featherweight, 126 pounds (57 kg)
- Super featherweight, 130 pounds (59 kg)
- Lightweight, 135 pounds (61 kg)
- Super lightweight, 140 pounds (63.5 kg)
- Welterweight, 147 pounds (67 kg)
- Super welterweight, 154 pounds (70 kg)
- Middleweight, 160 pounds (72.5 kg)
- Super middleweight, 168 pounds (76 kg)
- Light heavyweight, 175 pounds (79 kg)
- Cruiserweight, 200 pounds (91 kg)
- Bridgerweight 224 pounds (101.6 kgs)
- Heavyweight Plus 224 pounds
2.1 The pre-bout weigh-in ceremony shall be held at a time between 24 to 30 hours prior to the start of the event unless agreed to in advance by the local commission, both boxers, their representatives, and the ABCO representative. The local commission shall select the best-available certified scale and flooring to ensure maximum accuracy in weighing the boxers.
2.2 A day-of-the-bout weigh-in may take place at the arena on the day of the bout, under the supervision of the local boxing commission and the WBC Asian Boxing Council supervisor.
2.3 If one boxer exceeds the weight limit of the division at the pre-bout weigh-in, he/she will be allowed two (2) hours to make the weight, weighing in as many times as he desires.
(a) If the champion exceeds the official weight limit in his last weigh-in attempt, he/she will lose the title on the scales, but the bout may take place for the scheduled number of rounds. If the challenger was within the official weight and wins the bout, he/she will be declared the new champion.
If the ex-champion wins the bout, the title will be declared vacant. These same criteria shall apply in bouts for a vacant title and eliminatory bouts, such that a challenger making weight may win a vacant title or eliminatory position against an overweight challenger.
(b) If the challenger exceeds the official weight limit in his last weigh-in attempt, the champion shall retain their title and the boxers have the option of conducting the bout as a non-title bout.
(c) If both boxers do not make the weight after weighing in within the prescribed two (2) hour period, the title or eliminatory position at stake shall be declared or remain vacant.
The WBC Asian Boxing Council reserves the right to withdraw its recognition prior to any bout if the disparity between a boxer and an over-the-weight opponent is considered too great to permit a safe contest, this consideration is taken after consultation with the local commission, its medical representative, and the promoter.
2.4 The scales to be used at the official weigh-in ceremony shall be available to both contenders at least 24-hours before the weigh-in time.
2.5 The host promotion is solely responsible for the day of weigh in medical checks which the WBC Asian Boxing Council appointed fight supervisor will attend as an observer.
The Boxers ranked 1-10 ranking in any division which has been ranked by the official ranking committee, a promoter can make a request to ABCO must be approved by the official ranking committee, championship committee, and finally the president.
3.2 Boxers in a title from a different weight and also has an appropriate ranking according to form 2.1, has been a request by the promoter to attend the bout and has been approved by the official ranking committee.
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4.1 A contender must be in a 1-10 ranking in the same title.
4.2 A contender may be in a 1-15 ranking in the same title however this should be under the consideration of the executive committee.
4.3 A contender in a 1-10 ranking in the different title can attend the bout however this should be under the consideration of the executive committee.
4.4 A former champion can be the main challenger however this should be under the consideration of the executive committee.
4.5 A champion of a different organization can be a challenger however this should be under the consideration of the executive committee.
4.6 The WBC Asian Boxing Council championship committee has the right to review a WBC Asian Boxing Council champions status should he/her fight in a non-title fight in or under the weight, whilst holding a WBC Asian Boxing Council championship title. WBC ABCO reserves the right to vacate a champion who loses via KO or TKO in a non-title fight, when contesting in or under their championship weight, while holding a WBC Asian Boxing Council championship title.
5.1 WBC Asian Boxing Council’s policy is to offer opportunities to ranked boxers to compete for its titles and thus seeks to prevent titles from being frozen due to inactivity by champions. Therefore, a WBC Asian Boxing Council champion must strive to defend the title at least two (2) times a year, unless a written exception or extension is granted by the WBC in its sole discretion, upon direct request from the champion or champions representative. Therefore, an Asian Boxing Council champion should strive to defend his title every six months unless otherwise permitted by the WBC in its sole discretion. Upon winning a title, an ABCO champion should defend the title within six months or as otherwise ordered by the WBC Asian Boxing Council, unless otherwise ordered or permitted by ABCO, in its sole discretion
5.2 Recognition Subject to Forfeit.
A champion who does not defend his/her title within the periods set forth herein shall forfeit his/her title unless the Asian Boxing Council in its sole discretion otherwise permits. Furthermore, If an ABCO champion does not defend his/her title within six (6) months of winning their title, the WBC Asian Boxing Council can withdraw recognition of the status of a champion without any prior written or oral notification. It is the sole responsibility of the champion or a champion’s representative to request an extension or notification of a planned defense.
Any WBC Asian Boxing Council champion who fights for another organizations title while holding a WBC Asian Boxing Council title in the same weight category must also defend their WBC Asian Boxing Council in a unification bout. Failure to do so will result in the champion being vacated of their WBC Asian Boxing Council title, should the champion fail to defend their WBC Asian Boxing Council title.
5.3 Inactivity of a Champion.
If a WBC Asian Boxing Council champion is or may become inactive in a manner that may prevent or unduly delay him/her from fulfilling his/her voluntary and mandatory defense obligations in the timeframe determined by the Asian Boxing Council on a case by case basis, based upon the unique facts and circumstances existing at that time in the division, the Asian Boxing Council may declare the championship vacant and order one or more bouts to fill the vacant title. Such inactivity may be either (i) a period of past and continuing inactivity or (ii) potential future inactivity that may prevent a champion from defending his title in a timely manner as required under these rules.
The Asian Boxing Council may make such a determination based upon special circumstances, which may include, but not be limited to:
(a) medical issues or injury;
(b) legal issues or contractual impediments;
(c) personal or family issues; or
(d) other controversy or circumstances whether or not beyond the control of the boxer or the Asian Boxing Council.
It is the sole responsibility of an Asian Boxing Council champion to notify the Asian Boxing Council in writing in a timely manner of any circumstances that may prevent him from complying with his title defense obligations. In the event that a champion fails to notify the Asian Boxing Council in a timely manner of such circumstances, the Asian Boxing Council may take appropriate actions including vacating the title without prior notice.
5.4 Champion in Recess.
In certain cases, under the preceding Rule, the Asian Boxing Council may in its discretion designate a champion as a “Champion in Recess”, such that upon the boxer’s return, he will qualify to box for the championship as an elite contender for the new champion, or as the returning champion. The Asian Boxing Council may order or permit a returning Champion in Recess to box directly for the title in a mandatory or voluntary contest, or to box one or more Qualified Challengers in order to retain his status as Champion in Recess.
A Champion in Recess may return as a mandatory challenger, but only upon the specific determination and written approval of such status by the executive committee of the Asian Boxing Council, which may approve or deny such request in its sole discretion.
5.5 Interim Championship Rule.
In special circumstances, including when the Asian Boxing Council in its sole discretion declares an Asian Boxing Council champion temporarily unavailable to defend his title, the WBC Asian Boxing Council may sanction a bout between qualified challengers for an interim championship, or otherwise recognize an interim champion in the division.
In its sole discretion, the WBC Asian Boxing Council shall subsequently determine the timing and terms of any bout between a Champion and Interim Champion to determine a sole champion in the division. For the avoidance of doubt, an Asian Boxing Council Interim Championship shall be considered a true Asian Boxing Council title for all purposes, other than with respect to a bout versus the actual Asian Boxing Council Champion, absent any order to the contrary from the Asian Boxing Council in its sole discretion.
- CHAMPIONSHIP CONTEST DECISION APPEALS
In accordance with our rules and regulations, the WBC Asian Boxing Council championships committee has a set of procedures in place should the loser in a title championship looks to appeal the decision of a WBC Asian Boxing Council championship title contest. All decisions by the appeals committee are final. All championship appeals and grievances are handled by a two-person championships appeals committee based in Bangkok. All communications to be sent via abco(at)asianboxingcouncil.com.