WKF introduces “BOXING” into the WKF. “Official” WKF BOXING RULES BOOK (Updated 10th November2019)

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“EXCLUSIVE” INTRODUCTION OF THE “NEW” WKF “BOXING” RULES BOOK

“Updated 10th November, 2019”

In a “WORLD FIRST”, the WKF (World Kickboxing Federation) Head Office is introducing the “NEW” WKF BOXING into the WKF Global Business that will capture the World, attracting ALL the very best in COMBAT SPORTS of BOXING. This “New” Sport of WKF BOXING has been introduced and submitted by WKF World CEO Mr Robert Wilesmith (WKF World Head Office) on 14th February 2019. This is “HISTORY” in the making – BOXING COMES TO WKF GLOBALLY!

1.1 Height of the WKF COMBAT SPORTS BOXING RING:
The ring platform shall be at least 70 cm above the floor of the building and shall be provided with suitable steps or ramp for use by the Fighters. Ring-side tables must be no higher than ring platform level and must run the full length of all four sides of the ring.

1.2. FIGHTERS, EQUIPMENT AND SECONDS:

1.3.1. PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

1.3.2. GLOVES – STANDARD SPECIFICATION

  • All gloves must be of a professional quality and must be approved by the WKF Representative.
  • All gloves must be made so as to fit the hands of any fighter whose hands may be unusual in size.
  • The make and type of all gloves must be approved in advance by the WKF A1 Supervisor or WKF Country Representative. 8oz (Under 70kg). 10oz (Over 70kg).
  • All gloves for Title fights will be provided by the promoter in red and blue and distributed to the fighters according to their assigned corner color.
  • The WKF “Approved” Referee must inspect and approve any tape used on the gloves. If the gloves have been used previously, they must be whole, clean and subject to inspection by the referee or by the WKF A1 Supervisor as to condition. If found imperfect, they shall be changed before the bout starts.
  • No breaking, roughing, or twisting of gloves shall be permitted.

1.3.3. HAND AND FOOT/ANKLE WRAPPINGS

  • The wrapping of hands is allowed according to the following specifications:
  • Fighters who wish to wrap their hands shall be responsible for their own gauze and tape.
  • Gauze shall be of the soft or soft-stretch type, and shall not exceed 2 inches in width.
  • Tape shall be of the soft adhesive type and shall not exceed 1.5 inches in width.
  • One roll of gauze, and not more than two yards of tape, are the maximum allowable amounts for each hand.
  • No other materials, including premade hand wraps, shall be allowed; nor shall any amounts exceeding those listed be allowed under any circumstances.
  • Gauze shall be for the protection of the hand only, and the amount shall be the discretion of the WKF A1 Supervisor.
  • Tape shall be present only to hold the gauze in place, and no more than one layer of tape be allowed on the striking surface of the hand and only 1 strip between the fingers not to exceed 1/4 in width and 4″ in length.
  • The wrapping of feet / ankles is not mandatory.
  • Fighters who wish to wrap their feet/ankles shall be responsible for their own gauze and tape or may use an approved neoprene ankle brace.
  • Gauze shall be of the soft or soft-stretch type, and shall not exceed 2” in width.
  • Tape shall be of the soft adhesive type and shall not exceed 1.5” in width.
  • Up to 6’ of tape may be used to wrap each foot and ankle.
  • The use of soft shoes is permitted.
  • The WKF A1 Supervisor, or his designee, must inspect all hand and foot/ankle wrappings, and mark with a pen.

1.3.4. GROIN PROTECTORS and MOUTHPIECE

  • All fighters male and female are required to wear an approved Boxing groin protector. A plastic cup with an athletic supporter is inadequate. The Groin Guard “Must” protect the Groin areas of both Male and Females.
  • Chest guards for woman are Compulsory, but high recommend by WKF World Head Office.
  • Mouth guard is compulsory, all fighters must wear fitted mouthpieces.

AGES FOR MEN AND WOMEN: 12 – 16 (JUNIORS). 16 – 18yo (CADETS). 18 – 35yo (OPENS).  36 – 45yo (MASTERS).  Over 45’s (VETERANS).

4.1. RULES OF BOXING:

An effective offense depends on the ability to throw punches quickly and to place them strategically so as to penetrate the opponent’s guard. Defensive tactics include parrying or warding off punches with one’s upraised arms and gloves, moving the head evasively up and down (“bobbing”) and side to side (“weaving”), and bending or twisting one’s head and upper body out of the blow’s path. Footwork is important to both offense and defense. The two generally recognized stances are “orthodox” and “southpaw.” The former has the left hand and the left foot forward, the latter the right hand and the right foot forward—the foot or hand that is forward is known as the lead. Boxers using orthodox stances ordinarily are right-handed and rely on that hand for power, using the left hand to jab and hook; the converse is true of southpaw boxers, who are usually left-handed. In either stance the lead hand is extended forward in front of the body and the other hand is held near the chin for protection, the chin is tucked into the chest, and the shoulders are hunched. There are individual variations.

There are four basic punches: the Jab, hook, uppercut, and straight right (straight left for a southpaw), which is sometimes referred to as a “cross.” All other punches are modifications of these basic punches. The jab, whether thrown from an orthodox or a southpaw stance, is a straight punch delivered with the lead hand, which moves directly out from the shoulder. The Hook, also thrown with the lead hand, is a short lateral movement of arm and fist, with elbow bent and wrist twisted inward at the moment of impact. The Uppercut is an upward blow delivered from the direction of the toes with either hand. The straight right or left is thrown at shoulder level with the back hand, usually as a follow-up to a jab from the other hand.

4.2. BOXING AMATEUR CONTESTANTS:
The Rounds are scored on a 10-9 “Must” System. The “First Round” can end in a knockout when a boxer is knocked down and cannot get up by the count of 10. A fight can be stopped by a technical knockout (TKO) when a boxer is deemed by the referee (and sometimes the ringside physician) to be unable to defend himself properly, when a boxer is deemed to have sustained a serious injury, or when a boxer or his seconds decide he should not continue. A bout may also end in a decision when the bout has gone the scheduled number of rounds and the scoring officials decide the winner. Several conditions can cause a bout to end in a draw: all three judges awarding identical scores to both contestants results in a draw, as does two of three judges awarding opponents identical scores, regardless of the third judge’s score; further, two of the three judges giving the decision to opposing contestants and the third judge’s scorecard being evenly divided between the opponents leads to a draw. In a “no contest” the bout is declared a nullity because of a premature and inconclusive end, such as one of the participants being unable to continue owing to a cut caused by an accidental clash of heads early in the fight.

WKF “APPROVED” 10oz Boxing Gloves must be worn by Fighters weighing “Under” 70kg, whereas fighters weighing 70.1kg and Over “Must” wear 10oz Boxing Gloves.

4.3. BOXING PROFESSIONAL CONTESTANTS:
The Rounds are scored on a 10-9 “Must” System. The “First Round” can end in a knockout when a boxer is knocked down and cannot get up by the count of 10. A fight can be stopped by a technical knockout (TKO) when a boxer is deemed by the referee (and sometimes the ringside physician) to be unable to defend himself properly, when a boxer is deemed to have sustained a serious injury, or when a boxer or his seconds decide he should not continue. A bout may also end in a decision when the bout has gone the scheduled number of rounds and the scoring officials decide the winner. Several conditions can cause a bout to end in a draw: all three judges awarding identical scores to both contestants results in a draw, as does two of three judges awarding opponents identical scores, regardless of the third judge’s score; further, two of the three judges giving the decision to opposing contestants and the third judge’s scorecard being evenly divided between the opponents leads to a draw. In a “no contest” the bout is declared a nullity because of a premature and inconclusive end, such as one of the participants being unable to continue owing to a cut caused by an accidental clash of heads early in the fight. A bout may also end in disqualification.

WKF “APPROVED” 10oz Boxing Gloves must be worn by Fighters weighing “Under” 70kg, whereas fighters weighing 70.1kg and Over “Must” wear 10oz Boxing Gloves.

5.1. BOXING PROFESSIONAL CONTESTANTS:

  • Minimum weight, 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)
  • Cruiser weight, 200 pounds (91 kg)
  • Heavyweight (Over 91.1kg)

In all world and national title fights, weight limits must be strictly observed, although fighters are often allowed by contract to weigh-in the day before a fight. If a boxer is over the limit, he is normally given a short time in which to make the stipulated weight. If he still fails, the bout usually proceeds, but if the overweight fighter wins the bout, the title for which he was fighting is declared vacant.

In Olympic-style amateur boxing the weight divisions for men are:

  • Light Flyweight, not more than 108 pounds (49 kg and Less)
  • Flyweight, 115 pounds (52 kg)
  • Bantamweight, 123 pounds (56 kg)
  • Lightweight, 132 pounds (60 kg)
  • Light Welterweight, 141 pounds (64 kg)
  • Welterweight, 152 pounds (69 kg)
  • Middleweight, 165 pounds (75 kg)
  • Light Heavyweight, 178 pounds (81 kg)
  • Heavyweight, 201 pounds (91 kg)
  • Super Heavyweight, any weight over 201 pounds (Over 91.1 kg)

There is no universal agreement on weight divisions within women’s professional boxing, but amateur weight divisions are:

  • Flyweight, not more than 106 pounds (48 kg and Less)
  • Bantamweight, 112 pounds (51 kg)
  • Featherweight, 119 pounds (54 kg)
  • Lightweight, 126 pounds (57 kg)
  • Light Welterweight, 132 pounds (60 kg)
  • Welterweight, 141 pounds (64 kg)
  • Middleweight, 152 pounds (69 kg)
  • Light Heavyweight, 165 pounds (75 kg)
  • Heavyweight, 179 pounds (81 kg)
  • Super Heavyweight, any weight over 179 pounds (Over 81 kg)
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