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Article 1: THE RING.
The ring shall be constructed as follows:
Standard boxing ring.
Article 2: BOXING GLOVES
2 1 Only gloves certified by the Viking Council are allowed to be used in any match.
2.2. To ensure compliance with the regulations, all gloves will be inspected by a member of the match committee prior to the fight.
Article 3: BANDAGES
Only a soft material type is allowed
Article 4: DRESS CODE
A. BOXER'S ATTIRE
4.1. To ensure the boxer's safety, a groin protector must be worn and tied only at the back.
4.2. Single elastic bandages are allowed to be worn on the arm or legs to prevent spralns, however insertion of a shin guard, etc, is not allowed.
4.3. No metallized material, decoration or jewellery are allowed to be worn.
4.4. The use of vaseline, fat or any similar substance by the boxer to gain unfair advantage is not allowed.
4.5. Boxer may wear elastic ankle bandages to protect his feet.
4.6 Mouth-peace must must be worn.
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.
Article 5: CLASSIFICATION OF WEIGHT DIVISIONS
A. Weigh Division -75 kg
1. The boxer shall be weighed without clothes
2. If the fighter is over weight at the time of the weigh-in, he may reweigh again.
3. Prior to the weigh-in, all fighters must be examined and certified fit by a licenced doctor.
Article 6: ROUND DEFINITION
6.1. A Viking match shall consist of 3 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.
A) If the result of the match is a draw, the judgement shall be conducted based on the flow of the entire match as a whole from round one (1), and a winner shall be decided by considering even the slightest difference.
Article 7: BOXERS
7.1. No physical disability and at least 18 years old.
7.2. Weight class -75 kg.
7.3. Professional full contact fighter with at least 10 fight´s.
Article 8: SECONDS
Two seconds are allowed to attend the boxer:
8.1. 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, etc out of the ring area.
8.2. During the interval, the seconds will ensure that their boxer is properly attired. In case of any problem they shall inform the referee immediately.
8.3. The seconds shall ensure that the ring floor is kept dry to prevent any slipping.
8.4. The seconds are forbidden to direct bad or insulting language at the boxer or injure him either during or after the fight.
Article 9: MATCH COMMITTEE
A. Referee's Qualification
1. All referees must be certified and registered as a referee.
B. Number of Judges and Referees
The match committee will comprise of 3 judges and one referee for the ring
Article 10: THE REFEREE
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 are decided by the Viking counsil. No glasses or jewellery 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 boxer 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 this championship , 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.
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 scoresheets will then be handed to the chairman for verification.
11. For a championship match, the referee will collect the scoresheets from the judges at the end of each round, inspect and submit them to the chairman 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 committee chairman after making 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.
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 A 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 out of the ring, the referee shall order his opponent to stand in the other corner and start a count to 20 (20 seconds).
1.1. 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.
1.2. 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.
1.3. 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.
Article 11: THE JUDGES
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.
The judges shall wear the uniform as specified by the Viking concil commitee.
Article 12: FINAL AUTHORITY DECISIONS
The chairman of the match committee may authorize a correction to the final result as follows:
12.1. If the referee makes a decision significantly contrary to the normal rules and practice.
12.2. If it is discovered that the judges have made a conspicuous score sheet error.
Article 13: TIME KEEPER AND ANNOUNCER
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. Ensure all timings are correct by using both a watch and stop clock.
4. In every 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
1. To announce the fighter's names, corner and weight prior to the fight.
2. To announce the round number at the start and finish of each round.
3. To announce the winner's name and corner, when the referee raises the boxer's hand.
Article 14: THE DECISION
This should conform to the following rules and regulations:
14.1. A Knock-Out (K.O.) is awarded when the opponent is knocked down and unable to continue within the 10 second count.
14.2. A Technical Knock-Out (T.K.O.) is awarded:
14.2.1. When a boxer is seriously hurt or weakened.
14.2.2. When a boxer cannot continue the match after the break.
14.2.3. On the doctor's recommendation, when the referee is unsure whether a boxer can continue the match due to injury or being seriously weakened.
14.2.4. 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.
14.2.5. Receiving a count twice in the same round and unable to continue the match.
14.3. Winning due to the opponent's retirement because of injury.
14.4. Winning due to the opponent's violation of the rules.
14.5. Winning on points.
14.6. "No decision" as a result of both parties colluding together to cheat or not fighting properly.
14.7. "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.
14.8. Equal Score.
14.8.1. When both boxers' scores are equal.
14.8.2. When both boxers receive a count of 10.
Article 15: SCORING PRACTICE.
The standard scoring practice is as follows :
A: A strike either by a punch, kick or knee.
1. Scoring from a strike:
1.1. Points will be awarded for a correct fighting style, combined with hard and accurate strikes.
1.2. Points will be awarded for aggressive and dominating fighting 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 fighting style of defence 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 defence against the leg or arm of an opponent.
2.3. A weak strike.
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.
Article 16: FOULS AND STRIKES VIOLATING THE RULES
16.1. Biting, eye gouging, spitting, or head butting.
16.2. Wrestling, back or arm locks or any similar judo or wrestling hold.
16.3. Deliberately falling on his opponent.
16.4. Holding the ropes for any reason.
16.5. Swearing or the use of abusive language during the match.
16.6. Knocking out or injuring his opponent after the referee has ordered the match to stop for any reason.
16.7. Deliberately striking the groin area.
16.8. Using the elbow
16.9. Clinching more than 3 sec, without use of any technique
16.10 Attempting to cause the opponent to fall out of the ring.
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.
Article 17: DISQALIFICATION.
A FIGHTER SHALL BE DISQUALIFIED WHEN:
1- A fighter intentionally uses a foul technique
2- A fighter fails to follow the referee´s instructions during a match.
3- A fighter is late for a match or does not show up at all.
4- A fighter exhibits ill-mannered behavior or a malicious attitude during a match.
5- The referee determines that a fighter does not have the will to fight.
6- When a fighter receives three (3) points reductions within one (1) round, counting two (2) warnings as one (1) point reduction.
7- A corner man has entered in the ring or touched one of the fighters during the match.
8- The official physician deems a fighter unfit to fight as a results of a medical check.
9- A fighter is found to have broken other rules.
Article 18: KNOCK DOWN.
18.1.1. Any part of the body touching the floor except the feet.
18.1.2. Leaning against the ropes in a state of unconsciousness.
18.1.3. Knocked out of the ring.
18.1.4. Inability to defend himself.
18.2. 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.
18.3. The count interval will be at I second intevals, from 1 to 10. During the count, the referee will signal, with his hand, to ensure that the boxer receiving the count understands.
18.4. 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.
18.5. 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.
18.6 If one of the boxers subsequently falls down again, the referee will continue the count.
18.7 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.
Article 19: DOCTOR'S QUALIFICATIONS
The doctor shall be appointed and certified by the Viking Council committee.
Article 20: DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DOCTOR.
20.1 Perform a physical check of the boxers prior to the weigh-in.
20.2 Be in attendance during the programme until the last fight.
20.3 Perform a physical check of the boxers after each match and specify the rest period.
Article 21: MEDICAL INSPECTION
21.1 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.
21.2 Any boxer due to fight in a foreign country, will be physically examined by a doctor appointed by the Council Committee. He must also conferm to the medical regulations of that country.
Article 22: PROCEDURE AFTER A KNOCK-OUT OR TECHNICAL KNOCK-OUT
22.1 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.
22.2 A boxer losing by a K.O. or T.K.O. will be immediately treated and undergo a physical examination by the doctor.
Article 23: INTERPRETATION
The Chairman or Referee will have the final decision on the interpretation or on any item not covered under these rules and regulations.
NO FIGHTER, COACH, TRAINER AND/OR MANAGER IS ALLOWED TO RAISE ANOBJECTION TO CALLS OR DECISIONS MADE BY THE REFEREE OR JUDGES.
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