WBA Continental Rules
- Updated: 25/10/2013
Rules of the World Boxing Association
Note: Wherever applicable, the WBA rules will apply.
Purpose. These Rules are intended to further the purposes of the Association and set out the norms by which the Association carries out the authority granted it under the Bylaws, and to provide members and boxers the standards and obligations applicable to ratings, sanctioned bouts and other Association activities.
Application. These Rules apply to all actions and decisions of the Association regarding ratings, sanctioning of bouts, conduct of bouts, requests for explanations or reconsideration, appeals, and related matters, and apply to all members and affected boxers and their agents.
Interpretation. In those cases when it is necessary, the authority to interpret these Rules is within the sole discretion of the committee and committee chairman assigned the matter under these Rules, and finally
with the President.
Pre-emption. These Rules apply to all matters within the jurisdiction of the Association, but are superseded by a mandatory provision of law duly adopted and enforced by a national, state, or provincial government.
Disputes. Disputes regarding final interpretation and application of these Rules shall be determined finally by the President, and any request for relief from such interpretation or application from a court shall be governed by the laws of the state of residence of the Association, and shall be brought in the courts of that state or Province.
“Appeals” means an appeal by a member or boxer of an appeal able ruling by a committee, committee chairman or officer.
“Appeals Panel” is that body appointed by the president to hear an appeal or appeals, and constitutes the appeals
committees establish in the bylaws.
“Association” is World Boxing Association”
“Boxer’s Agent” is any manager and promoter legally authorized by a boxer to represent him in a relation to
a matter covered under these Rules.
“Bylaws” are the bylaws of the Association.
“Category” is a weight division.
“Champion” is a boxer recognized by the Associations the title holder in his respective weight division.
“Contest” is a boxing match or bout.
“Day” means a calendar day.”
Leading available contender” means a mandatory contender, or when there is no mandatory contender, the boxer ranked highest and who is available immediately to fight for the title.
“Mandatory Contender” means the boxer recognized as the official contender for the title.
“Medical Guidelines” means safety guidelines.
“Official Contender” means mandatory contender.
“Officials” mean people with official duties at bouts: judges, the referee and the supervisor.
“Other Organizations” means any other boxing sanctioning body.
“Ratings” means the recognition of the relative qualification of boxers in particular weight categories at a particular time, and are also referred to as Rankings “Ratings Guidelines” means the “Norms and Procedures for ratings”
“Request” includes request for ratings information, and request for special permit.
“Responsive bid” means a purse bid that fully complies with these Rules.
“Ruling” means an order or decision by Championship committee and rating committee chairman, applying these rules in a particular case, and includes orders or decisions on the following:
1.- Sanctioning or not sanctioning a bout.
2.- Provide Ratings.
3.- Recognizing or vacating a title.
4.- Granting or denying a request for special permit.
5.- Increasing, reducing, or otherwise modifying a mandatory defence period and its conditions.
6.- Decision on a request.
7.- Granting or denying a protest concerning the conduct of a sanctioned bout.
8.- Rendering a decision on any other request to apply or interpret these Rules.
9.- Rendering a decision on any other matter otherwise directly affecting a boxer’s ranking or status.
“Sanction” means the official recognition given to a bout involving the following:
1.- A title.
2.- Mandatory contender position.
3.- Contender eliminator, or
4.- Box off.
“Special Permit” means permission granted in special circumstances to alter or suspend the application of a rule.
“Title” means Championship.
“Unavailable boxer” is a boxer who is unavailable to defend or compete in a sanctioned bout, due to injury, medical condition, legal impediment, or commitment to compete in a different contest.
“WBA Continental Champion” means a champion recognized by the World Boxing Association.
AMENDMENT: These Rules may be amended by President in consultation with his directors.
Chairman: Jesper Jensen
Members: Mariana Borissova, Thomas Pütz
Technical Adviser: Per Ake Persson
The Ratings Committee shall consist of no fewer than (3) members. The number of members shall be set by the President. The members shall be appointed by the Coordinator to terms established by the Coordinator. The Committee Chairman shall be appointed by the Coordinator.
They shall confer and otherwise exchange information regarding ratings at such time in such manner asestablished by the Chairman.
The Association shall publish a monthly list of rated boxers.
Rated Boxers are eligible to participate in sanctioned contests. The ratings shall be announced and posted on the Association’s website in the month following the month to which the ratings apply.
In order to create the ratings the Committee may consider all relevant information, including, but not limited to, regional title holders, bout activity, disqualifications, win-loss records, difficulty of the bouts, technical decisions, failure to make weight, and any other relevant information.
The Committee may remove a boxer from the ratings based on any relevant factor including, but not limited to, failure to maintain the required weight, loss to a non-rated boxer, loss of a regional title, inactivity, violation of these rules, or any other relevant factor. In addition a boxer may be removed from the ratings at the sole discretion of the Committee due to extraordinary events or activity, including, but not limited to, proven or alleged criminal behaviour, conduct that violates boxing regulations or rules, failure to conform to WBA rules ( including to pay or allow to be paid sanction fees), or other public behaviour or statements of type that would affect the boxer’s ability to be licensed or to compete legitimately or that are detrimental to the public perception of the sport of boxing.
A rated boxer who changes weight categories is not assured of a ranking in his new category.
Any boxer removed from the rankings may ask the Committee for an explanation, and appeal the Committee decision, following the appealing procedures.
WBA CONTINENTAL TITLE FIGHTS IS 12 ROUNDS
Championship Committee Chairman: Mariana Borisova
Members: Jesper Jensen – Dave Roden
The Championship committee shall consist of no fewer than three (3) members. The Coordinator shall serve as a member of the committee.
Boxers recognized by the Association as champions, official contenders, or participants in a sanctioned bout are bound by these Rules.
An Association Champion may only hold a title in one division at the same time.
If a champion wishes to fight for the title in another division, he must first apply to the Championship Committee for special permit to participate in a fight for another title. If permission is granted and he wins the fight, the boxer must notify the Committee within ten days, which title he is going to keep. Failure to do so the Association will declare his previous title VACANT.
If a Champion participates in a fight without the approval or sanction of the Championship Committee, he may lose the Association’s recognition.
When a champion is inactive for more than nine months, at the sole discretion of the championship committee, will declare the title VACANT.
Each boxer is expected to be familiar with all Association rules, including those regarding time periods concerning his obligation to defend, or compete for, a title.
In its sole discretion, the championship committee may reduce, extend, or otherwise modify the periods for mandatory defenses for a good cause, either in response to a request for Special Permit, or on its own initiative.
If the champion fails to comply with any rule of the Association, the Chairman of the championship committee may declare his title vacant. When a champion loses in a non-defense of the title bout, he may loose his recognition as a Champion, even if he fought under special permission.
When a challenger obtains a title by defeating a champion he must defend his title within 180 days, counting from the date he obtained such title.
A title may be lost for any of the following reasons:
Loss in a bout of Association rules.
Violation of a bout contract provision; or
False statements or misrepresentations.
In the event that the WBA Continental title is declared vacant, two ranked boxers shall fight for the title.
The Championship Committee, under special circumstances, is empowered to approved a Continental fight at its sole discretion. In the event that the Title is won by a boxer who resides outside Europe such boxer
will have to defend the title against a qualified boxer from Europe.
The Association recognizes that strict application of these rules may be suspended or modified in certain extraordinar
y situations when justified. In such cases, the Association will consider a request for Special Permit (or Exception) for any of the following reasons:
To engage in an voluntary defense otherwise barred by a mandatory defense requirement.
To fight for a title in a different weight division.
To engage in a title fight for other organization.
To engage I a non-title fight.
To fight for a title with a non-rated boxer.
To extend or otherwise modify a mandatory defense period.
Special Permits may be granted, denied or granted upon certain conditions at the sole discretion of the Chairman of Championship Committee or by the president.
A Request for a Special Permit must be accompanied by a payment to the Association of Euro 500 €.
The appealing procedure shall be the same used in the WBA.
SANCTIONING FEE SCHEDULE
Sanction fee: 4.000,00 €
Promoter annual licence – 300€
Championship belts (applies only when the championship changes hands) 500 €
Supervisor Fee: 600 €
Referee + Judge fees : 600 € each
*Promoter shall provide all officials with a return airline ticket, ground transportation, visa refund and accommodation and meals.
ALL PAYMENTS SHALL BE DELIVERED TO THE SUPERVISOR AT THE WEIGH-IN CEREMONY
Mobil: +359 888 638 645