††††† 201 KAR 27:011. General requirements for boxing and kickboxing shows.


††††† RELATES TO: KRS 229.021, 229.031, 229.071, 229.081, 229.091, 229.101, 229.131, 229.155, 229.171, 15 U.S.C. 6304, 6305(a), (b), EO 2016-270

††††† STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 229.021, 229.071, 229.091(1), 229.171, 229.180, 15 U.S.C. 6304

††††† NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 229.171(1) authorizes the authority to exercise sole jurisdiction over all boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and wrestling shows, exhibitions, and licensees in the commonwealth. Executive Order 2016-270, effective May 16, 2016, abolished the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Authority and established the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission. This administrative regulation establishes the requirements for boxing and kickboxing shows, and for participants in boxing and kickboxing shows.


††††† Section 1. Show Date. (1) A promoter shall request a show date by completing and submitting to the commission the Show Notice Form.

††††† (2) The Show Notice Form shall be submitted to the commission for approval no less than thirty (30) calendar days before the requested show date.

††††† (3) A promoter shall not advertise a show until the date has been approved by the commission. Approval is effective upon the commission:

††††† (a) Placing the event on the Calendar of Events available on the commissionís Web site at http://ins.kbwa.ky.gov/ecal.asp; or

††††† (b) Providing written notice that the event is approved.


††††† Section 2. Program and Changes. (1) If a contestant is unable to participate in a show for which the contestant has a contract, the contestant shall immediately notify the promoter and the commission. Repeated and unexcused absences may be issued a violation.

††††† (2) The proposed card for a show shall be filed with the commission at least five (5) business days prior to the show date. Notice of a change in a program or substitution in a show shall be immediately filed with the commission.

††††† (3) If the commission determines that a proposed bout may not be reasonably competitive, the bout may be denied. The commissionís determination shall be based upon the contestantsí previous fighting experience, including:

††††† (a) The number of bouts the contestants have competed in;

††††† (b) The number of rounds the contestants have competed in;

††††† (c) The date of the contestantsí bouts;

††††† (d) The contestantsí performance in previous bouts, including the contestantsí win-loss record;

††††† (e) The level of competition the contestants have faced; and

††††† (f) The contestantsí medical histories.


††††† Section 3. Compensation. (1) If a show or exhibition is cancelled with less than twenty-four (24) hoursí notice to the commission, ring officials shall be paid one-half (1/2) the compensation agreed upon prior to the bout.

††††† (2) Before the commencement of a show or exhibition, the promoter shall tender to the inspector payment to each ring official. The schedule of compensation for a ring official shall be at least as follows:

††††† (a) Judge: seventy-five (75) dollars each;

††††† (b) Timekeeper: seventy-five (75) dollars;

††††† (c) Physician: $350;

††††† (d) Referee: $100 each; and

††††† (e) Bout assistant: seventy-five (75) dollars each.

††††† (3) Each contestantís compensation agreement shall be in writing and submitted to the commission for approval not less than two (2) calendar days prior to the date of the proposed show.


††††† Section 4. Pre-Fight. (1) A contestant shall weigh in stripped at a time set by the commission, which shall not be more than thirty-six (36) hours before the first scheduled bout of the show.

††††† (a) A contestant shall produce one (1) form of picture identification at the weigh-in.

††††† (b) The inspector and the promoter or a representative of the promoter conducting the show shall be in attendance to record the official weights.

††††† (2) A contestant shall check in with the commission at least one (1) hour prior to the event start time. A contestant shall produce one (1) form of picture identification at check-in.

††††† (3) A contestant shall attend a pre-fight meeting as directed by the commission.

††††† (4)(a) A contestant shall remain in the locker room area until it is time to compete unless approved by the inspector.

††††† (b) The promoter shall supply a separate locker room for males and females.

††††† (5) A contestant shall submit an original or certified copy of his or her HIV Antibody, Hepatitis B Antigen, and Hepatitis C Antibody test results to the commission at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the event.

††††† (a) The results of these tests shall be no more than 180 days old.

††††† (b) A person with a positive test result shall not compete.

††††† (6) A contestant shall undergo a pre-fight physical conducted by a physician within eight (8) hours of the show. Prior to undergoing the physical, a contestant shall submit a completed Pre-Fight Medical Questionnaire under penalty of perjury.

††††† (7) A contestant shall report to and be under the general supervision of the inspector in attendance at the show and shall comply with instructions given by the inspector.


††††† Section 5. The Ring. (1) The area between the ring and the first row of spectators on all four (4) sides and the locker room area shall be under the exclusive control of the commission. Commission staff and licensees shall be the only people allowed inside the areas under the control of the commission without inspector approval.

††††† (2) An event held outdoors if the heat index is at or exceeds 100 degrees Fahrenheit shall be conducted under a roof or cover that casts shade over the entire ring.

††††† (3)(a) A ring shall have a canvas mat or similar material, unless the event is held outdoors in which case only canvas shall be used.

††††† (b) A bout may be held in a mixed martial arts cage if the bout is in conjunction with a mixed martial arts event.

††††† (4) There shall be an area of at least six (6) feet between the edge of the ring floor and the first row of spectator seats on all four (4) sides of the ring. A partition, barricade, or some type of divider shall be placed:

††††† (a) Between the first row of the spectator seats and the six (6) foot area surrounding the ring; and

††††† (b) Along the sides of the entry lane for contestants to enter the ring.

††††† (5) Ring specifications shall be as established in this subsection.

††††† (a) A bout shall be held in a four (4) sided roped ring.

††††† 1. The floor of the ring inside the ropes shall not be less than sixteen (16) feet square.

††††† 2. The floor of the ring shall extend beyond the ropes for a distance of not less than one (1) foot.

††††† 3. The floor of the ring shall be elevated not more than six (6) feet above the arena floor.

††††† 4. The ring shall have steps to enter the ring on two (2) sides.

††††† (b) The ring shall be formed of ropes.

††††† 1. There shall be a minimum of three (3) ropes extended in a triple line at the following heights above the ring floor:

††††† a. Twenty-four (24) inches;

††††† b. Thirty-six (36) inches; and

††††† c. Forty-eight (48) inches.

††††† 2. A fourth rope may be used if the inspector finds that it will not pose a health or safety concern.

††††† 3. The ropes shall be at least one (1) inch in diameter.

††††† 4. The ropes shall be wrapped in a clean, soft material and drawn taut.

††††† 5. The ropes shall be held in place with two (2) vertical straps on each of the four (4) sides of the ring.

††††† 6. The ropes shall be supported by ring posts that shall be:

††††† a. Made of metal or other strong material;

††††† b. Not less than three (3) inches in diameter; and

††††† c. At least eighteen (18) inches from the ropes.

††††† (c) The ring floor shall be padded or cushioned with a clean, soft material that:

††††† 1. Is at least one (1) inch thick and uses slow recovery foam matting;

††††† 2. Extends over the edge of the platform;

††††† 3. Is covered with a single canvas stretched tightly; and

††††† 4. Is, at the commencement of the event, clean, sanitary, dry, and free from:

††††† a. Grit;

††††† b. Dirt;

††††† c. Resin; and

††††† d. Any other foreign object or substance.

††††† (d) A ring rope shall be attached to a ring post by turnbuckles padded with a soft vertical pad at least six (6) inches in width.


††††† Section 6. Equipment. (1) A bell or horn shall be used by the timekeeper to indicate the time.

††††† (2) In addition to the ring and ring equipment, the promoter shall supply:

††††† (a) A public address system in good working order;

††††† (b) Chairs for judges and timekeepers elevated sufficiently to provide an unobstructed view of the ring and the ring floor;

††††† (c) Items for each contestantís corner, to include:

††††† 1. A stool or chair;

††††† 2. A clean bucket;

††††† 3. Towels; and

††††† 4. Rubber gloves;

††††† (d) A complete set of numbered round-cards, if needed;

††††† (e) Gloves for each boxer or kickboxer; and

††††† (f) A scale used for weigh-in, which shall be approved as accurate in advance by the inspector.


††††† Section 7. Contestant Equipment and Attire. (1) A contestant shall be clean and neatly attired in proper ring attire, and the trunks of opponents shall be of distinguishing colors.

††††† (2) A contestant shall not use a belt that contains any metal substance during a bout. The belt shall not extend above the waistline of the contestant.

††††† (3) A contestant shall wear shoes during a bout. The shoes shall not be fitted with spikes, cleats, hard soles, or hard heels.

††††† (4) A contestant shall wear a properly fitted:

††††† (a) Groin protector; and

††††† (b) Double-arch mouthpiece.

††††† (5) If a contestant has long hair, the hair shall be secured by a soft, non-abrasive material so that the hair does not interfere with the vision or safety of either contestant.

††††† (6) If cosmetics are used, a contestant shall use a minimum of cosmetics.

††††† (7) Boxing gloves shall meet the requirements established in this subsection.

††††† (a) Contestants shall wear boxing gloves that shall be of the same weight for each contestant and:

††††† 1. Dry, clean, and sanitary;

††††† 2. Furnished by the promoter;

††††† 3. Of equal weight, not to exceed twelve (12) ounces per glove;

††††† 4. A minimum of eight (8) ounces per glove for a contestant weighing no more than 154 pounds;

††††† 5. A minimum of ten (10) ounces per glove for a contestant weighing over 154 pounds; and

††††† 6. Thumbless or thumb-attached.

††††† (b) Gloves shall be new for main events and for bouts and exhibitions scheduled for ten (10) or more rounds.

††††† (c) Gloves shall be approved or denied in accordance with this administrative regulation by the commission prior to a bout.

††††† (d) Gloves for all main events shall be dry and free from defects and shall be put on in the ring or locker room while supervised by the inspector.

††††† (e) Breaking, roughing, or twisting of gloves shall not be permitted.

††††† (f) The laces on gloves shall be tied on the back of the wrist and taped.

††††† (g) Kickboxing contestants shall wear padded kickboxing boots. The padding shall be sufficient to protect the kickboxer and his or her competitor.

††††† (8) Bandages shall meet the requirements established in this subsection.

††††† (a) For boxing and kickboxing, only soft cotton or linen bandages shall be used for the protection of the boxer or kickboxer's hands.

††††† (b) Bandages shall not be more than two (2) inches in width and twelve (12) yards in length for each hand.

††††† (c) If adhesive tape is used:

††††† 1. Medical adhesive tape not more than one (1) inch in width shall be used to hold bandages in place;

††††† 2. Adhesive tape shall not be lapped more than one-eighth (1/8) of one (1) inch;

††††† 3. Adhesive tape not to exceed one (1) layer shall be crossed over the back of the hand for its protection; and

††††† 4. Three (3) strips of adhesive tape, lapping not to exceed one-eighth (1/8) of one (1) inch, may be used for protection of the knuckles.

††††† (d) Hand wraps shall be applied in the dressing room in the presence of an inspector or ring official. The inspector or ring official shall sign the hand wrap and the tape around the strings of the gloves.


††††† Section 8. Weight Classes. (1) The class weights permitted in boxing and kickboxing bouts shall be as follows:




Up to 112 lbs.


Up to 118 lbs.

Jr. Featherweight

Up to 122 lbs.


Up to 126 lbs.

Jr. Lightweight

Up to 130 lbs.


Up to 135 lbs.

Jr. Welterweight

Up to 140 lbs.


Up to 147 lbs.

Jr. Middleweight

Up to 154 lbs.


Up to 160 lbs.

Light Heavyweight

Up to 175 lbs.


Up to 195 lbs.


Over 195 lbs.

††††† (2) After the weigh-in, a contestant shall not change weight in excess of eight (8) percent prior to the bout.

††††† (3) After the weigh-in, a contestant shall not re-hydrate by the use of intravenous fluids unless approved by the inspector for medical purposes. A contestant may be subject to a random urine specific gravity test to determine compliance with this subsection.


††††† Section 9. Fight Length. (1) Bouts and rounds shall:

††††† (a) Be three (3) minutes in duration; and

††††† (b) Have a one (1) minute rest period between rounds.

††††† (2) A bout shall consist of no less than four (4) and no more than twelve (12) rounds. A championship bout shall be twelve (12) rounds in length.

††††† (3) A contestant who has not fought within the last twelve (12) months shall not be scheduled to box or kickbox more than ten (10) rounds without commission approval.


††††† Section 10. Judging and Scoring. (1) Scoring shall be as established in this subsection.

††††† (a) Each round shall be accounted for on the scorecard, using the ten (10) point system. Scoring shall be expressed in ratio of merit and demerit.

††††† (b) Score cards shall be:

††††† 1. Signed;

††††† 2. Handed to the referee in the ring; and

††††† 3. Filed by the referee with the inspector.

††††† (c) The decision shall then be announced from the ring.

††††† (2) Decisions shall be rendered as established in this subsection.

††††† (a) If a bout lasts the scheduled limit, the winner of the bout shall be decided by:

††††† 1. A majority vote of the judges, if three (3) judges are employed to judge the bout; or

††††† 2. A majority vote of the judges and the referee, if two (2) judges are employed to judge the bout.

††††† (b) Decisions shall be based primarily on boxing or kickboxing effectiveness, with points awarded for display of the following attributes, and points deducted for an opposite showing:

††††† 1. Clean, forceful hitting;

††††† 2. Aggressiveness;

††††† 3. Defensive work; and

††††† 4. Ring generalship.

††††† (c) The requirements governing knockdowns shall be as established in this paragraph.

††††† 1. If a contestant is knocked to the floor by the contestantís opponent, or falls from weakness or other causes, the contestantís opponent shall:

††††† a. Immediately retire to the farthest neutral corner of the ring; and

††††† b. Remain there until the referee completes the count or signals a resumption of action.

††††† 2. The timekeeper shall commence counting off the seconds and indicating the count with a motion of the arm while the contestant is down.

††††† 3. The referee shall pick up the count from the timekeeper.

††††† 4. If a contestant fails to rise to his or her feet before the count of ten (10), the referee shall declare the contestant the loser by waving both arms to indicate a knockout.

††††† 5. If a contestant who is down rises to his or her feet during the count, the referee may step between the contestants long enough to assure that the contestant just arisen is in condition to continue the bout.

††††† 6. If a contestant who is down arises before the count of ten (10) is reached, and again goes down from weakness or the effects of a previous blow without being struck again, the referee shall resume the count where he or she left off.

††††† 7. A standing eight (8) count shall be used by the referee.

††††† 8. If a contestant is knocked down three (3) times during a round, the bout shall be stopped. The contestant scoring the knockdowns shall be the winner by a technical knockout.

††††† 9. If a round ends before a contestant who was knocked down rises, the count shall continue, and if the contestant fails to arise before the count of ten (10), the referee shall declare the contestant knocked out.

††††† (3) A contestant shall be considered down if:

††††† (a) Any part of the contestantís body other than his or her feet is on the ring floor;

††††† (b) The contestant is hanging helplessly over the ropes and in the judgment of the referee, is unable to stand; or

††††† (c) The contestant is rising from the down position.

††††† (4) Failure to resume a bout.

††††† (a) If a contestant fails to resume the bout for any reason after a rest period, or leaves the ring during the rest period and fails to be in the ring when the bell rings to begin the next round, the referee shall count the contestant out the same as if the contestant were down in that round.

††††† (b) If a contestant who has been knocked out of or has fallen out of the ring during a bout fails to return immediately to the ring and be on his or her feet before the expiration of ten (10) seconds, the referee shall count the contestant out as if the contestant were down.


††††† Section 11. Fouls. (1) The following shall be considered fouls:

††††† (a) Hitting below the belt;

††††† (b) Hitting an opponent who is down or who is getting up after having been down;

††††† (c) Holding an opponent and deliberately maintaining a clinch;

††††† (d) Holding an opponent with one (1) hand and hitting with the other;

††††† (e) Butting with the head or shoulder or using the knee;

††††† (f) Hitting with the inside, or butt, of the hand, the wrist, or the elbow;

††††† (g) Hitting, or flicking, with the glove open or thumbing;

††††† (h) Wrestling, or roughing, against the ropes;

††††† (i) Purposely going down without having been hit;

††††† (j) Deliberately striking at the part of an opponent's body over the kidneys;

††††† (k) Using a pivot blow or rabbit punch;

††††† (l) Biting of the opponent;

††††† (m) Using abusive or profane language;

††††† (n) Failing to obey the referee;

††††† (o) Engaging in any unsportsmanlike trick or action that causes injury to another person;

††††† (p) Hitting after the bell has sounded at the end of the round; or

††††† (q) Backhand blows except in kickboxing.

††††† (2)(a) A contestant who commits a foul may be disqualified and the decision awarded to the opponent by the referee.

††††† (b) The referee shall immediately disqualify a contestant who commits a deliberate and willful foul that prevents the opponent from continuing in the bout.

††††† (c) The referee may take one (1) or more points away from a contestant who commits an accidental foul.

††††† (3) A contestant committing a foul may be issued a violation by an inspector.

††††† (4)(a) If a bout is temporarily stopped by the referee due to fouling, the referee, with the aid of the physician, if necessary, shall decide if the contestant who has been fouled is in physical condition to continue the bout.

††††† (b) If in the refereeís opinion the contestant's chances have not been seriously jeopardized as a result of the foul, the referee shall order the bout resumed after a reasonable time set by the referee, but not exceeding five (5) minutes.

††††† (5)(a) If a contestant is unable to continue as the result of an accidental foul and the bout is in one (1) of the first three (3) rounds, the bout shall be declared a technical draw.

††††† (b) If an accidental foul occurs after the third round, or if an injury sustained from an accidental foul in the first three (3) rounds causes the bout to be subsequently stopped, the bout shall be scored on the basis of the judges' scorecards.

††††† (6) If a bout is ended by reason of fouling or failure to give an honest demonstration of skill, as determined by an inspector or referee, the compensation of the offending contestant shall be withheld by the promoter.


††††† Section 12. Prohibitions. (1) The following shall be prohibited:

††††† (a) Battle royal type events; and

††††† (b) Use of excessive grease or other substance that may handicap an opponent.

††††† (2) A contestant shall not engage at a show in boxing or sparring with a member of the opposite sex.


††††† Section 13. Non-Contestant Participants. (1) A promoter shall provide a minimum of two (2) security guards on the premises for each show.

††††† (2) All ring officials shall be selected, licensed, and assigned to each show by the commission. For each show, a minimum of the following shall be required:

††††† (a) Three (3) judges;

††††† (b) One (1) timekeeper;

††††† (c) One (1) physician, except two (2) physicians shall be assigned to a bout designated a championship bout by a national sanctioning body recognized by the commission; and

††††† (d) One (1) referee, unless the card has more than thirty (30) rounds, in which case a minimum of two (2) referees shall be required.


††††† Section 14. Judges. (1) A judge shall arrive at least one (1) hour prior to the start of a show.

††††† (2) At the beginning of a bout, the judges shall locate themselves on opposite sides of the ring and shall carefully observe the performance of the contestants.

††††† (3) At the conclusion of the bout, the judges shall render their decision based on the requirements of Section 10 of this administrative regulation.

††††† (4) Upon request of the referee, the judges shall assist in determining:

††††† (a) Whether or not a foul has been committed;

††††† (b) Whether or not each contestant is competing in earnest; and

††††† (c) Whether or not there is collusion affecting the result of the bout.


††††† Section 15. Timekeeper. (1) The timekeeper shall be seated outside the ring near the bell and shall take the cue from the referee to commence or take time out.

††††† (2) The timekeeper shall be equipped with a whistle and a stop watch. Prior to the first bout, the inspector shall ensure that the whistle and stopwatch function properly.

††††† (3) Ten (10) seconds before the start of each round, the timekeeper shall give notice by sounding the whistle.

††††† (4) The timekeeper shall indicate the starting and ending of each round by striking the bell with a metal hammer.

††††† (5) If a bout terminates before the scheduled limit, the timekeeper shall inform the announcer of the exact duration of the bout.

††††† (6) Ten (10) seconds prior to the end of each round, the timekeeper shall give warning by striking a gavel three (3) times.


††††† Section 16. Physicians and Healthcare Requirements. (1) There shall be at least one (1) physician licensed by the commission at ringside at all times during a bout. A bout shall not begin or continue if a physician is not at ringside.

††††† (2) The physician shall have general supervision over the physical condition of each contestant at all times while on the premises of a show or exhibition.

††††† (3) The physicianís pre-bout duties shall be established in this subsection.

††††† (a) A physician shall make a thorough physical examination of each contestant within eight (8) hours prior to a bout.

††††† 1. The physicianís examination shall include a review of the Pre-Fight Medical Questionnaire of each contestant.

††††† 2. The physician shall deliver to the inspector the Pre-Fight Examination form that documents the results of the examination prior to the contestant entering the ring.

††††† (b) The physician shall ensure that all equipment required by subsection (5) of this section is present before the start of the first bout or exhibition.

††††† (c) The physician shall prohibit a contestant from competing if the physician believes the contestant is physically unfit for competition or impaired by alcohol or a controlled substance.

††††† (4) The physicianís duties during the bout or exhibition shall be established in this subsection.

††††† (a) The physician shall remain at ringside during the progress of any bout or exhibition unless attending to a person.

††††† (b) The physician shall observe the physical condition of each contestant during a bout.

††††† (c) The physician shall administer medical aid if needed or requested.

††††† (d) The physician shall order the referee to pause or end a bout or exhibition if necessary to prevent serious physical injury to a contestant.

††††† (5) The physician shall have at ringside medical supplies necessary to provide medical assistance for the type of injuries reasonably anticipated to occur in a boxing or kickboxing show. The physician shall not permit a referee to begin a bout if the medical supplies are not present. At a minimum, these medical supplies shall include:

††††† (a) A clean stretcher and blanket, placed under or adjacent to the ring throughout each bout;

††††† (b) Spine board;

††††† (c) Cervical collar;

††††† (d) Oxygen apparatus or equipment; and

††††† (e) First aid kit.

††††† (6) The promoter shall ensure that a certified ambulance with an emergency medical technician is on the premises of a show at all times. A show shall not begin or continue if the ambulance and emergency medical technician are not on the premises.

††††† (7) The physician shall make a thorough physical examination of each contestant after each bout. The physician shall deliver to the inspector the form Post-Fight Examination that documents the results of the examination.


††††† Section 17. Announcers. (1) The announcer shall have general supervision over all announcements made to spectators.

††††† (a) The announcer shall announce the name of contestants, their weight, decisions at the end of each bout, and any other matters as are necessary.

††††† (b) A person other than the official announcer shall not make an announcement, unless deemed necessary by an inspector:

††††† (2) If a bout is stopped before its scheduled termination, the announcer shall immediately confer with the referee and judges and then shall immediately announce the decision.

††††† (3) The announcer shall not enter the ring during the actual progress of a bout.


††††† Section 18. Referees. (1) The referee shall be the chief official of the show, be present in the ring at all times, and have general supervision over each contestant, manager, and second during the entire event.

††††† (2)(a) The referee shall have the authority to disqualify a contestant who commits a foul and award the decision to the opponent.

††††† (b) The referee shall immediately disqualify a contestant who commits an intentional or deliberate foul that causes serious physical injury to an opponent.

††††† (3) The refereeís duties and responsibilities shall be as established in this subsection.

††††† (a) The referee shall, before starting a bout, ascertain from each contestant the name of the contestant's chief second. The referee shall hold the chief second responsible for the conduct of the chief second's assistants during the progress of the bout.

††††† (b) The referee shall call the contestants together in the ring immediately preceding a bout for final instructions. During the instructional meeting, each contestant shall be accompanied in the ring by the contestant's chief second only.

††††† (c) The referee shall inspect the person, attire, and equipment of each contestant and make certain that no foreign substances that are prohibited by KRS Chapter 229 or 201 KAR Chapter 27 have been applied on a contestantís body or equipment or used by a contestant.

††††† (d) The referee shall stop a bout at any time if the referee has grounds to believe either contestant is:

††††† 1. Unable to protect himself or herself from possible injury;

††††† 2. Not competing in earnest; or

††††† 3. Colluding with another person to affect the results of the bout.

††††† (e) The referee may take one (1) or more points away from a contestant who commits an accidental foul, and the referee may permit a rest period not exceeding five (5) minutes for the contestant who was fouled.

††††† (f) The referee shall not touch a contestant during the bout except upon failure of a contestant to obey the referee's orders or to protect a contestant.

††††† (g) The referee shall decide all questions arising during a bout that are not otherwise specifically covered by KRS Chapter 229 or 201 KAR Chapter 27.


††††† Section 19. Trainers and Seconds. (1) A trainer or second shall be equipped with a first aid kit and the necessary supplies for proper medical attendance upon the contestant.

††††† (2) There shall be no more than three (3) persons total serving as a trainer or second in any bout and only two (2) shall be allowed in the ring at the same time.

††††† (3) A trainer and a second shall leave the ring at the timekeeper's ten (10) seconds whistle before the beginning of each round and shall remove all equipment from the ring. Equipment shall not be placed on the ring floor until after the bell has sounded at the end of the round or period.

††††† (4) A trainer and a second shall wear surgical gloves at all times while carrying out their duties.


††††† Section 20. Medical Prohibitions. (1) A contestant who has been repeatedly knocked out and severely beaten shall be retired and not permitted to compete in unarmed combat again if, after subjecting the boxer or kickboxer to a thorough examination by a physician licensed by the commission, the medical advisory panel determines the action is necessary to protect the health and welfare of the contestant.

††††† (2) A contestant who has suffered five (5) consecutive defeats by knockout or medical stoppage shall not be allowed to compete in unarmed combat until the contestant has been evaluated and subsequently cleared for further competition by the medical advisory panel.

††††† (3) A contestant who has been knocked out shall be prohibited from all competition for a minimum of sixty (60) days.

††††† (4) Any contestant who has suffered a technical knockout may be prohibited from competition for up to thirty (30) days if the contestantís health or safety would be jeopardized without the prohibition.

††††† (5) A contestant shall serve a mandatory seven (7) day rest period from competition after competing in an event. Day one (1) of the rest period shall commence on the first day following the bout in which the contestant competed.

††††† (6)(a) A female boxer or kickboxer shall submit proof she is not pregnant prior to her bout. The proof may be either:

††††† 1. An original or certified copy of the result of a medical test taken no more than one (1) week before the day of the bout that shows she is not pregnant; or

††††† 2. From an over-the-counter home pregnancy test taken while on the premises of the show that tests for human chorionic gonadotropin.

††††† (b) A female boxer or kickboxer shall be prohibited from competing if:

††††† 1. She is pregnant; or

††††† 2. She fails to comply with this subsection.


††††† Section 21. Insurance. (1) A promoter shall provide insurance for a contestant for any injuries sustained in the boxing or kickboxing show.

††††† (2) The minimum amount of coverage per contestant shall be $5,000 health and $5,000 accidental death benefits.

††††† (3) A certificate of insurance coverage shall be provided to the commission no less than two (2) business days before the event.

††††† (4) The deductible expense under the policy for a contestant shall not exceed $1,000.


††††† Section 22. Other Provisions. (1) A promoter shall maintain an account with the recognized national database as identified by the commission and submit contestantís names to that database upon approval of the show date. The promoter shall be responsible for the costs associated with the use of this service.

††††† (2) All shows shall be video recorded and retained by the promoter for at least for one (1) year. Upon request of the commission, the promoter shall provide the video recording of a show to the commission.

††††† (3) Smoking shall be prohibited inside the gymnasium, room, or hall in which the ring is located.

††††† (4) Alcohol shall be prohibited inside the six-foot area alongside the ring.


††††† Section 23. Incorporation by Reference. (1) The following material is incorporated by reference:

††††† (a) "Show Notice Form", October 2016;

††††† (b) "Pre-Fight Medical Questionnaire", October 2016;

††††† (c) "Pre-Fight Examination", October 2016; and

††††† (d) "Post-Fight Examination", October 2016.

††††† (2) This material may be inspected, copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copyright law, at the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission office at 656 Chamberlin Avenue, suite B, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, and is available online at http://kbwa.ky.gov/Pages/Appsforms.aspx. (32 Ky.R. 1835; 2249; eff. 7-7-2006; 38 Ky.R. 1191; 1703; eff. 5-4-2012; 43 Ky.R. 280; 713; 955; eff. 1-6-2017.)