Boxing regulations for 2021-22 | Published 5 April

Please note: Regulations for the 2021-22 season are subject to change in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

BOX i The BUCS Boxing Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the following BUCS sport specific regulations, the BUCS general regulations, the England Boxing (EB) Rule Book 2022 and the International Boxing Association (IBA) Technical and Competition Rules. Further event specific requirements, rules, and regulations will be contained within the entry and pre-event information for each Championship.

BOX ii In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede them, unless specifically stated otherwise.

BOX iii In the event that these regulations contradict the England Boxing (EB) Rule Book 2022 or the International Boxing Association (IBA) Technical and Competition Rules, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede them, unless specifically stated otherwise.


BOX 1 Championships BUCS will host annually a Boxing Championships. The programme shall include the events listed in Appendix 1 (‘BUCS Competition Offer and Associated BUCS Points’), subject to entry numbers. All competition specific event information will be available in the event entry information and pre-event information.

BOX 2 Age eligibility All competitors must have been born between 1/1/1982 and 31/12/2003.

BOX 3 All competitors must be registered with and have a valid licence with the International or National Governing Body of their home nation, as well as a Boxer Competition Record book which details their competitive experience, to include any previous competitive experience from other combat sports. A valid NGB Boxer Competition Record book and medical card must be produced by all competitors at weigh-in - failure to produce these will result in disqualification from the competition.

BOX 4 All coaches must be registered with and have a valid qualification with the International or National Governing Body of their home nation. All Coaches must hold current qualifications and have in their possession the relevant NGB lanyard to prove they are in-date.

BOX 5 Competitors who do not make weight in the category they have entered will be allowed to move category if there is space to do so up to the maximum limit of the competition. Priority will remain with competitors who have entered the specific category and make weight. Competitors who fail to make weight are not guaranteed a bout.

BOX 6 Safety equipment

BOX 6.1 Head guards are compulsory for female competitors. Only IBA sanctioned competition head guards are allowed to be worn. Training head guards are not permitted.

BOX 6.2 Fitted gum shields must be worn by all competitors. Red or partially red gum shields are forbidden.

BOX 6.3 Competition gloves will be provided by BUCS for all competitors.

BOX 6.4 It is mandatory for male competitors to wear groin protection.

BOX 6.5 Competitors without the correct safety equipment cannot compete.

BOX 7 Bout Lengths

BOX 7.1 Men’s Novice (0-7 bouts) 3 rounds x 2 minutes

BOX 7.2 Men’s Open (8-15 bouts) 3 rounds x 3 minutes

BOX 7.3 Men’s Open Class (16+ bouts) 3 rounds x 3 minutes

BOX 7.4 Women’s Novice (0-5 bouts) 3 rounds x 2 minutes

BOX 7.5 Women’s Open (6-10 bouts) 3 rounds x 3 minutes

BOX 7.6 Women’s Open Class (11+ bouts) 3 rounds x 3 minutes

BOX 8 Disputes at events In line with REG 7.7, should a dispute occur at an event, the event appeal panel for Boxing shall comprise of the Event Supervisor/Tournament Director and a BUCS Staff Member. In accordance with EB and IBA rules, no protest of a result will be permitted. If the Supervisor believes there to have been a technical error by the Referee then the Supervisor must complete a Bout Review Request Form and subsequently inform all concerned parties of their decision. The event Supervisor will have the final decision in all Boxing competition matters.

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