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Preface and Acknowledgments

Muay Thai or (Thai Boxing) is a national sport, and art of self defense of Thailand. However over the years the sport has received International recognition on a far wider scale than was ever expected. Therefore the rules and regulations of the sport have been changed to include the international community.

The Amateur Muay Thai Association of Thailand and the International Federation of Muay Associations has a concern that the sport will be diluted, thereby losing the essence of the true art of Muay Thai. Both organizations (official members of the Sports Authority of Thailand), under the Royal Seal of H.R.H. King Bhomipol of Thailand, feel it necessary to safely and correctly promote the sport Internationally. The future has produced Muay Thai events in the SEAGAMES (South East Asian Games) and the Asian Games (Asian Olympics), it will enter into the next Commonwealth Games which is one step closer for Muay Thai becoming recognized as an Olympic sport .

The IFMA & AMTAT have given sole permission to the USMTA (United States Muay Thai Association) & the AMTJRA (American Muay Thai Judge and referee Association) official International representatives of the IFMA & AMTAT to produce the rules and regulations.

Our thanks and appreciation are expressed to Khun Clint Heyliger, Executive Vice President of the USMTA, and the Association of Boxing Commissioners for their continued efforts in safely and correctly promoting Thailand's national sport in the United States of America, and for assisting with the rules and regulations for the USMTA.

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endorsed by the late  Khun Bunyeun Savanandhava:



 USMTA logo Copyright USMTA 1990- 2008


Member of the World Muay Thai Council - World Amateur Muay Thai Organization



Use of these regulations do not imply sanction of the competition by the USMTA. Such sanctioning must be specifically arranged with the USMTA and their name may not be used unless a formal written request has been received from the association.

Inquiries should be made to the Head Office of the United States Muay Thai Association, Suite #1K, 6535 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10471 U.S.A.


The USMTA is Internationally recognized in 180 countries as the National association for American Muay Thai. It is registered with the WMTC, AMTAT, WAMTO, ABC, EMTU and is affiliated to the BTBC, EMTU, and has affiliates in Iran, U.A.E., Ireland, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and many many more...

The rules and regulations of the association are standard and have been adopted by many nations as the international format for competitive Muay Thai (Thai Boxing).

The Laws:  Proprietary Laws of the Association

The Association has the legal right to persue any unwarranted form of mis-representation of its rules and regulations in what ever capacity they may have been used, without the Official release of the USMTA. No person, business or promotion are allowed to the rules or regulations of the Association, unless they have been given written permission via the  National Head Office.

The American flag (in International competition):

The portrayal of the U.S. national flag, should be proudly displayed when fighters are representing their nation in international competition

The State flag (In competition):

In National or International competition, the display of the State flags pertaining to fighters from various states, who make up the national team, or who are competing in a national event, are allowed to be displayed. However, if there is more than one state competing, the U.S. National flag must stand in the middle of the State flags. If there is only one state competing, then the State flag should be displayed to the right side of the U.S. National flag, when a person stands in front of the flags.

The USMTA flag/banner  (In competition):

In National or International competition, the display of the Association flag or hanging banner, is allowed to be displayed. However, if the   U.S. National flag  is on display,  then the Association flag or hanging banner should be displayed to the right side of the U.S. National flag, when a person stands in front of the flags.

In national or International competition, the display of the Association flag or hanging banner  is allowed to be displayed. However, if there is more than one state competing, then the Association flag or hanging banner should be displayed to the right side of the State flags, when a person stands in front of the flags.

The USMTA emblem:

The Association has the right to persue any form of mis-representation of its emblems in what ever capacity they may have been portrayed, without the Official release of the Association. No person, business or promotion are allowed to portray the emblems of the Association, unless they have received written notification from the  National Head Office.

Fighters (Amateur - Professional):

Licensing:   Complying with state rules and regulations, Assoc. Boxing Comm.

It is imperative that all fighter competing in Muay Thai register themselves for their own benefit. Registration is free and is no cost to school owners or promoters. USMTA Licensing for Amateur. This is irrelevant to any State License fee that may be required from each fighter depending what the appropriate state where the competition is being held asks for.

1.) As amateur fighters progress it is useful for them to have their records documented. At this moment, the only Muay Thai organization that keeps records , is the national Muay Thai organization, the USMTA.

2.) Fighter listings are produced allowing the information provided by the fighter to be listed. As each fighters record is adjusted from each event, this will allow the fighter to promote his own fight status with the documentation required.

3.) The USMTA have been asked by Thailand’s governing bodies to keep the records of all US Thai fighters, Amateur and Professional. The International Muay Thai or Thai Boxing organizations also rely on the information supplied by the USMTA and have agreed to acknowledge the fight status of all fighters registered or licensed under the USMTA.

4.) When fighters reach professional status, the state Athletic or Boxing Commissions require each fighter to produce his/ her professional record, License etc., before they will be allowed to compete as a professional fighter. To our knowledge this is also required for professional kickboxers. The registration and up keep of fighters amateur and professional records is to the benefit of all fighters and promoters.

For U.S. title events fighters must be licensed and registered with fighters logbook available from the National association   Requirements are: (Two passport sized photo’s, Color of eyes, color of hair), School name, fighters address, weight division, league. (Amateur or Professional). Correct license fee. The USMTA is proud to be recognized as the National organization for American Muay Thai.

Officers: Code of Conduct For the Officials of the Association

It is the responsibility of all Officials to act in a manner according to the Rules and Regulation incorporated in the Bi-laws and Articles of the Association. All Officers should act in a way that will not offend their fellow Officers, the competitors and the spectators. An Officer should always have good manners and etiquette which need no guidance.

An Officer during an event is always on view to the public and the media in one capacity or another, therefore dress, and a clean appearance are a must. If an Officer is asked for his comments on a particular competitor, by the media you should be courteous and respectful of the fighter.

Awards, Trophies, Cups,   Shields and Belts:

USMTA Awards, trophies, cups and belts are registered under the National Board of Awards and Certification. Each title award etc., is registered and serial numbered for validation. No other duplicates will be produced for National or States titles.

** Fighters who win three times in concession are allowed to keep the award etc.,  and the Association will produce a new version. Fighters who win three times in concession are allowed to keep the award etc.,  and the Association will produce a new version.

*A fighter who wins a title can produce a duplicate version of the award of his or her own expense, under the strict stipulations of the Association and by the NBAC.

Each State, has only one award per weight division in both the Amateur and Professional leagues. There is only one set of National titles awards per weight division for both the Amateur and Professional leagues.

There is only one set of Regional titles awards per weight division for both the Amateur and Professional leagues.

There is only one set of tri-State titles awards per weight division for both the Amateur and Professional leagues.

There is only one set of East Coast titles awards per weight division for both the Amateur and Professional leagues.

There is only one set of West Coast   titles awards per weight division for both the Amateur and Professional leagues.


Rules & Regulations of Muay Thai Accordance With The USMTA

Item 1: THE RING.

The ring shall be constructed as follows:

1.1. Size: A square with each side the following dimension: Small size 20-feet (6.10 meters); Large size-24-feet (7.30 meters), to be measured within the ropes.

1.2. Floor and Corner: Must be well constructed with no obstructions and with a minimum extension outside the ring of at least 3 feet (91 cm). The minimum floor height should be 4 feet (1.22 meters) with a maximum of 5 feet (1.48 meters) from the building floor. The corner posts should have a diameter of between four (10.00 cm) to five inches (12.70cm) with a height of 58 inches (1.47 meters) from the ring floor. All four posts must be properly cushioned.

1.3. Ring Floor: The floor must be padded by either cushioning, rubber, soft cloth, rubber mat, or similar material with a minimum thickness of 1 inch (2.50 cm) and a maximum of 1.5 inch (3.7 cm). The padding should be completely covered by a canvas cloth.

1.4. Ropes: Consisting of four ropes with a minimum diameter of 1.20 inches (3 cms) and a maximum of 2 inches (5 cms), stretched and linked to the four corner posts. The distance from the ring floor to the lower rope will be 18 inches (46 cm), to the 2nd rope 30 inches (76 cm), to the 3rd rope 42 inches (107 cm) and the top rope 54 inches (137 cm) respectively. The rope will be covered by a soft or cushioned material . Each rope will be joined together by two strong cords of 1.20-1.60 inches (3-4 cms) diameter and are at equal distance from each other.

1.5. Ring Steps: At least three (3) sets are required. The width of each step should be at least 3.50 feet (1.07 metres). One set is located at each corner and a third shall be positioned centrally for the doctor and other officials.

1.6. Plastic Bin: To be located at the fighter's corner for the disposal of tissues, bandages or any other garbage.

Item 2: RING ACCESSORIES. (For promoters)

The following equipment is required at ringside.

1. Break area at both corners.
2. Two drinking water bottles and two spray bottles. No other type of bottle is allowed ringside.
3. Two towels.
4. Two bowls of water.
5. Tables and chairs for the officials.
6. Alarm bell.
7. One or two stop clocks.
8. Score sheets.
9. Locking box for keeping the score sheets.
10. One set of round indicators, signs or boards.
11. Two pairs of spare boxing gloves.
12. One spare set each of boxing shorts. (Color variations is accepted)
13. Groin protectors.
14. Two cloth squares to facilitate a groin protector change or adjustment.
15. Stretcher.
16. Blunt edged scissors.


3 1 Boxing gloves certified by USMTA are to be used in any match.

3.2. Boxing glove requirements:

Glove usage should correspond to the following weight divisions:

 Weight Division Glove Weight
 Mini Flyweight - Junior Featherweight 6 ounce (132 grams)
 Featherweight - Welterweight  8 ounce (227 grams)
 Junior Middleweight and upwards 10 ounce (284 grams)

Gloves at 12 oz, 14oz, 16oz, 18oz can be used for higher weights.
The weight of the leather shall not be more than half of the total glove weight, including the internal cushioning, which should always be in good condition. The laces are to be tied at the back of the wrist band. Gloves with Velcro fastening may also be used.

3.3. To ensure compliance with the regulations, all gloves will be inspected by a member of the match USMTA prior to the fight.


Only a soft material type is allowed, size 2 inches x 6.5 yards (5 cm x 6 meters). Plastic or plaster types are strictly prohibited. The use of adhesive tape, size 2.50 cm. x 2.50 meters is only allowed for covering the back of the wrist and must not be used to cover the knuckles.



5.1. Only boxing shorts are to be worn. Fighter gowns may be worn.
5.2. To ensure the boxer's safety, a groin protector must be worn and may be checked by an inspector.

5.3. Long hair and/or beards may be worn but hair must be tied back and beards trimmed, short moustache is allowed

5.4. The Mongkol should be worn when performing the Wai Kru (paying respect to one's teacher), prior to the match start. Arm bands are only to be worn on the arm

5.5. Single elastic bandages are allowed to be worn on the arm or legs to prevent sprains, however insertion of a shin guard, etc, is not allowed.

5.6. No metalized material, decoration or jewelry are allowed to be worn during the bout.

5.7. The use of Vaseline, or any similar substance by the boxer to gain unfair advantage is not allowed. The use of boxers liniment is allowed as long as both boxers are prepared to use if within the bout. Liniment is not allowed to the face of the boxer, but only to the torso, arms and legs.

5.8. Boxer may wear elastic ankle socks to protect his feet.

B. Any infringement to the dress code may result in the fighter's disqualification. In the case of any problem with the boxing gloves themselves, the referee may temporarily halt the match until they are corrected.


A. Weight Divisions Division weights may change or be included at any time

 No. Weight Division                  Max. Weight

 1.  Mini Flyweight                
     105 lbs (47.727 kg.)
 2.  Junior Flyweight             
   108 lbs (48.988 kg.)
 3.  Flyweight                           
   112 lbs (50.802 kg.)
 4.  Junior Bantamweight     
   115 lbs (52.163 kg.)
 5.  Bantamweight                  
   118 lbs (53.524 kg.)
 6.  Junior Featherweight         122 lbs (55.338 kg.)
 7.  Featherweight                   
  126 lbs (57.153 kg.)
 8.  Junior Lightweight          
   130 lbs (58.967 kg.)
 9.  Lightweight                     
     135 lbs (61.235 kg.)
 10. Junior Welterweight      
    140 lbs (63.503 kg.)
 11. Welterweight                  
     147 lbs (66.638 kg.)
 12. Junior Middleweight          154 lbs (69.853 kg.)
 13. Middleweight                   
   160 lbs (71.575 kg.)
 14. Super Middleweight       
   168 lbs (76.363 kg.)
 15. Light Heavyweight             175 lbs (79.379 kg.)
 16. Cruiserweight                 
    190 lbs (86.183 kg.)
 17. Heavyweight                     
  190 lbs+ (86.183 kg.+)
 18. Super Heavyweight            209 lbs+ (95 kg.+)

B. Weigh-In

I. The boxer shall be weighed without clothes, no later than 3 hours prior to the match.

2. If the fighter is over weight at the time of the weigh-in, he may reweigh again.

3. After the weigh-in if applicable, all fighters must be examined and certified fit by a licensed doctor.


7.1. Prior to the start of the first round, both fighters shall perform the Wai Kru (paying respect to the teacher), accompanied by the appropriate Thai traditional music.

7.2. A Muay Thai match shall consist of five rounds, 3 minutes per round with a 2 minute break between each round. Any stoppage during the match for any reason, will not be counted as part of the 3 minute round time.

Item 8: BOXERS

Boxer's Eligibility

8.1. No physical disability and at least 16 years old.

8.2. Minimum weight: l00 pounds (45.36 kg).


Two seconds are allowed to attend the boxer as per the following stipulations:

9.1. During the match, the seconds are not allowed to advise, help or instruct their boxer. Any violation of the rules by the seconds or the boxer may result in the boxer's disqualification.

9.2. The seconds are not allowed to signal to interested parties, the condition of his boxer.

9.3. During the match, the seconds must stay in the designated area. Prior to the start of each round they will remove all towels, water bottles, out of the ring area.

9.4. During the interval, the seconds will ensure that their boxer is properly attired. In case of any problem they shall inform the referee immediately.

9.5. The seconds shall ensure that the ring floor is kept dry to prevent any slipping.

9.6. The seconds may wear a proper shirt that bares his camp's/gym's logo or emblem.

9.7. The seconds are forbidden to direct bad or insulting language at the boxer or injure him either during or after the fight.

9.8. In a championship match, 3 seconds are allowed but only 2 are allowed in the ring at any one time during the round break.

9.9. Prior to a ‘Championship’ match, a meeting will be held between the referee, judges, boxer's managers and the seconds to confirm the rules and procedures of the match and to confirm the penalties for any improper conduct or violations by an involved person.


A. Committee Member's Qualification.

1. No physical disability and at least 25 years old.
2. Hold a medical certificate endorsed by the USMTA.
3. Hold proper certification as to their work experience, health, age and occupation.
4. Certified by the USMTA as properly qualified.

B. Referee's Qualification

1. All referees must be trained and tested by the appropriate committee of USMTA and be certified and registered as a referee.
2. Not over 60 years of age unless an extension is approved by the committee.
3. Must resign immediately on the order of the committee or when unable to perform his duties.

C. Number of Judges and Referees

The match committee will comprise of 3 judges and one referee for the ring with the Senior Official responsible for match supervision.


A. Duty.

The prime duty of the referee is to ensure the safety of the boxers to the maximum degree.

B. The Referee 's Responsibilities.

The referee's uniform will consist of black or navy blue trousers and polo shirt, bearing the logo of the USMTA and flat shoes. No glasses or jewelry are allowed.

The referee shall ensure the following:

1. Fairness in the application of the rules and regulations to all parties.
2. No impoliteness in manner or speech either to the boxers or the audience.
3. Close supervision of the match.
4. Protection of a weaker fighter against serious injury.
5. Inspection of the boxing gloves and anklets.
6. Ensure both boxers shake hands prior to the first and final rounds.
7. For a championship or title defense fight, the referee must inform the boxers and their seconds of the rules and regulations governing the fight and this is to be done in the dressing room, prior to the fight itself.
8. Three verbal orders are recognized :

"STOP" when ordering the boxers to stop fighting.
"BREAK" when ordering the boxers to separate.
"FIGHT" when ordering the boxers to continue the match.

When the boxers are ordered to "BREAK", both must step back one step before continuing to fight.

9. The referee shall use the correct signal to ensure a boxer's understanding of any rule infringement.
10. At the match end, he will collect the score sheets from each of the three judges and indicate the winner to the audience, by raising that boxer's hand. The score sheets will then be handed to the Senior official for verification.
11. For a championship match, the referee will collect the score sheets from the judges at the end of each round, inspect and submit them to the Senior Official in addition to raising the winner's hand after the result announcement.
12. Should it be necessary to stop the match or penalize a boxer, he will immediately advise the reason to the Senior Official who then shall inform the Referee or MC to make the announcement.
13. In case of an accident to the referee which prevents him from continuing, the senior judge will act on his behalf.
14. The referee is forbidden to give a verbal count or warning that gives either an unfair advantage or disadvantage to any fighter.
15. He is forbidden to comment or speculate on any match unless receiving prior approval from the committee chairman.
16. All referees are subjected to a yearly medical inspection and certification by A doctor, doctor’s certificate must be sent to the board of the USMTA stating the he or she is physically fit at the start of any match.

C. Referee's Duties.

1. To stop the match immediately if he considers that one boxer is significantly more skilled or stronger than the other.
2. To stop the match immediately when a boxer is in difficulties or is injured.
3. To stop the match immediately if he considers that one or both fighters are faking or not trying their best.
4. To stop the match or warn the boxer for committing a foul or breaking the rules.
5. To immediately disqualify a boxer who defiantly breaks the rules, injures or shows any aggression to the referee.

6. To disqualify both the boxer and his seconds if his seconds deliberately break the rules or do not follow his directions.
7. To disqualify any boxer who intentionally or accidentally causes a foul.
8. To stop the match if he considers that a boxer having received a count, is unable to effectively continue the match.
9. To disallow any advantage to a boxer who intentionally fouls in any way.

D. Rule Infringement Warnings

Prior to giving a warning for rule infringement, the referee shall stop the fight, use the correct warning signal to ensure the boxer's understanding and then indicate the offending boxer to the judges. Any boxer, who is so indicated or warned 3 times or more, may be disqualified. In the event of a serious rule infringement, the referee's decision is final.

E. The Purpose of Warning

The purpose of warning is to advise or warn any boxer not to break the rules during the fight.

F. Count Procedure For A Boxer Falling Out of The Ring

1. If a boxer falls through the ring ropes, the referee shall order his opponent to stand in the other corner and if the boxer remains outside the ropes, the referee shall start to count. (A count to 10).
2. If a boxer falls out of the ring, the referee shall count to 20 (20 seconds).
2.1. When a fall-out takes place, the referee will start counting, however if the boxer returns to the ring before the count ends, he will not be penalized.
2.2. If anyone prevents the fallen boxer from returning to the ring, the referee shall warn such person or stop the fight if he continues his action.

2.3. If both boxers fall out of the ring, the referee shall start counting. If one boxer tries to prevent his opponent from returning to the ring before the count ends, he will be warned or disqualified.
2.4. If both boxers fall out of the ring, the referee shall start counting, the one that returns to the ring before the count ends, will be considered the winner. If neither boxer can, the result will be considered a draw.


A. Responsibilities

1. The judges are independent and free to score as per the rules and normal practice.
2. Each judge shall sit on a different side and should be separate from the audience.
3. The judges shall remain neutral during the match, except when a rule violation is noticed, when he should notify the referee exclusively. This should be done during the round interval.
4. At the end of each round, the judges shall complete the score sheet for that round.
5. The judges are not allowed to leave their seat until the match ends and result has been announced.

B. Uniform

The judges shall wear the uniform as specified by the USMTA.


The chairman of the match committee may authorize a correction to the final result as follows:

13.1. If the referee makes a decision significantly contrary to the normal rules and practice.

13.2. If it is discovered that the judges have made a conspicuous score sheet error.


14.1. To appoint the referee and judges for each match and promotion.

14.2. To monitor and improve the standards of the referee and judges and ensuring conformity to the rules and standard practice.

14.3. To verify that the referee and judges perform their duty and responsibilities and to advise the USMTA if any irregularity takes place.

14.4. To solve any prior problem regarding the promotion, reporting the result to the Council committee.

14.5. Make the decision to the referee and the judges.

14.6. To verify the score sheet to ensure that:

a. The score has been tallied correctly.
b. The name of the fighters are correct.
c. The correct winner has been named.
d. To authenticate the score sheet and inspect the score.
e. To announce the result of the match to the audience.

14.7. To make any decision in case that the referee or judges could not continue.

14.8. To report to the Council Committee, the name of any boxer who violates the rules or shows poor performance.


A. Seating for the timekeeper and announcer will be located next to the ring.

B. Duties And Responsibilities

The timekeeper must keep precisely, the timing of each round and the breaks, following the referee's instructions to start or stop. The following procedures are to be used:

1. A five seconds warning is to be given prior to the start of each round, to enable the seconds to clear the ring.
2. A bell is used to signal the start and end of each round.
3. To deduct the break time as per the referee s instructions.
4. Ensure all timings are correct by using both a watch and stop clock.
5. In the case of a boxer receiving the count during rounds 1-4 and the round time ends (3 minutes), the bell should be rung immediately after the referee finishes the count and orders the boxers to continue.
6. In the final round, the bell should be rung immediately when the round timing passes 3 minutes, even if the referee is still counting.

C. Announcer's Duties (If applicable)

1. To announce the fighter's names, corner and weight prior to the fight and again as the boxers arrive in the ring.
2. To order the seconds to leave the ring when the bell rings.
3. To announce the round number at the start and finish of each round.
4. To announce the winner's name and corner, when the referee raises the boxer's hand.


This should conform to the following rules and regulations:

16.1. A Knock-Out (K.O.) is awarded when the opponent is knocked down and unable to continue within the 10 second count.

16.2. A Technical Knock-Out (T.K.O.) is awarded:
16.2.1. When a boxer is seriously hurt or weakened.
16.2.2. When a boxer cannot continue the match after the break.
16.2.3. On the doctor's recommendation, when the referee is unsure whether a boxer can continue the match due to injury or being seriously weakened.
16.2.4. Both boxers are seriously injured and cannot continue the match; If less than three rounds: a draw is declared; If three rounds have been reached, individual score decides.
16.2.5. Receiving a count twice in the same round and unable to continue the match.

16.3. Winning due to the opponent's retirement because of injury.

16.4. Winning due to the opponent's violation of the rules.

16.5. Winning on points.

16.6. "No decision" as a result of both parties colluding together to cheat or not fighting properly.

16.7. "No contest" as a result of the ring being damaged and the match not being able to continue, or if an external event occurs during the fight, causing it to be stopped.

16.8. Equal Score.

16.8.1. When both boxers' scores are equal.
16.8.2. When both boxers receive a count of 10.


The standard scoring practice is as follows :

A: A strike either by a punch, kick, knee or elbow.

1. Scoring from a strike:

1.1. Points will be awarded for a correct Thai Boxing style, combined with hard and accurate strikes.
1.2. Points will be awarded for aggressive and dominating Muay Thai skill.
1.3. Points will be awarded for a fighter actively dominating his opponent.
1.4. Points will be awarded for the use of a traditional Thai style of defense and counter-attack.
1.5. Points will be deducted from a boxer who fouls or breaks the rules.

2. Non scoring strikes:

2.1. A strike which is against the rules.
2.2. A strike in defense against the leg or arm of an opponent.
2.3. A weak strike.

B. Fouls.

1. The judges will deduct points for any foul as directed by the referee.
2. Any foul observed by the judges but not by the referee, will be penalized accordingly.

C. Method Of Scoring

1. The maximum score for each round is 10 points, the loser scoring either 9, 8 or 7.
2. A drawn round will be scored as 10 points for both boxers.
3. The winner and loser in an indecisive round, will score 10:9 respectively.
4. The winner and loser in a decisive round will score 10:8 respectively.
5. The winner and loser in an indecisive round with a single count, will score 10:8 respectively.
6. The winner and loser in a decisive round with a single count, will score 10:7 respectively.
7. The boxer scoring 2 counts against his opponent will score 10:7.
8. Any boxer who commits a foul will have points deducted from his score.


18.1. Biting, eye gouging, spitting, or head butting.

18.2. Wrestling, back or arm locks or any similar judo or wrestling hold.

18.3. Deliberately falling on his opponent.

18.4. Holding the ropes for any reason.

18.5. Swearing or the use of abusive language during the match.

18.6. Knocking out or injuring his opponent after the referee has ordered the match to stop for any reason.

18.7. Deliberately striking the groin area.

To be penalized by the deduction of 1 point for each time committed.

A boxer who has been hit in the groin, may request a 5 minute break before continuing the match.

Item 19: KNOCK DOWN.

19.1. Definition

19.1.1. Any part of the body touching the floor except the feet.
19.1.2. Leaning against the ropes in a state of unconsciousness.
19.1.3. Knocked out of the ring.
19.1.4. Inability to defend himself.

19.2. During a count, the referee will direct the opposing boxer to stand in the opposite corner. If he does not, the referee shall stop the count until he does so and then continue. The match will not continue until directed by the referee.

19.3. The count interval will be at I second intervals, from 1 to 10. During the count, the referee will signal, with his hand, to ensure that the boxer receiving the count understands.

19.4. A boxer on receiving a count, cannot continue the match prior to a count of 8 and loses immediately on receiving a count of 10.

19.5. If both boxers fall down, the referee will direct the count to the last one that fell. If both boxers receive a 10 count, a draw will be declared. Should the boxers lean against each other whilst sitting up, the referee will stop counting at that time.

19.6 If one of the boxers subsequently falls down again, the referee will continue the count.

19.7 A boxer not ready to fight again after a break when the bell rings, will receive a count, unless caused by a problem with his attire.


The doctor shall be appointed and certified by the appropriate Council committee.


21.1 Perform a physical check of the boxers prior to the weigh-in.
21.2 Be in attendance during the program until the last fight.
21.3 Perform a physical check of the boxers after each match and specify the rest period.


22.1 All boxers will be certified by the doctor prior to the start of any fight and must not be suffering from any sickness or exhibit any prohibited symptom or disease, as specified in the medical manual of the Council.
22.2 Any boxer due to fight in a foreign country, will be physically examined by a doctor appointed by the Council Committee. He must also conform to the medical regulations of that country.


23.1 If a boxer is knocked unconscious or injured, only the doctor and the referee are allowed in the ring. Any others may only enter at the doctor's discretion.

23.2 A boxer losing by a K.O. or T.K.O. will be immediately treated and undergo a physical examination by the doctor.

23.3 Recovery Period - After a match, a boxer is required to rest for a minimum of 21 days prior to fighting again, with the following exceptions:

23.3.1. A winner in the first round is required to rest a minimum of 7 days prior to his next fight.
23.3.2. The winner in the third round is required to rest a minimum of 14 days prior to his next fight.
23.3.3. A boxer losing by T.K.O. or K.O. must rest for a minimum of 30 days prior to his next fight.
23.3.4. A boxer specified under Items 23.3.1 - 23.3.3, must be examined by the doctor at the end of each fight, who will then specify his rest period.


24.1 The use of drugs or stimulants, either before or after the fight is strictly forbidden. Any user will be disqualified.

24.2 The sole drug allowed for the prevention of bleeding is Adrenalin 1:1000 and must be administered under a doctor's directions.


The Chairman or Referee will have the final decision on the interpretation or on any item not covered under these rules and regulations. 

A written review of the event to presented to the USMTA after all events. All documentation of the event to be collected by an USMTA official or forwarded to the USMTA head office.



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