19. Knock-Down

19.1     Definition: An athlete is considered “down”:

19.1.1    If an athlete touches the floor with any part of his body other than his/her feet as the result of a hit or series of hits.

19.1.2     If an athlete hangs helplessly on the ropes as the result of a hit or series of hits.

19.1.3     If an athlete is outside or partly outside the ropes as the result of a hit or series of hits.

19.1.4    If following a hard hit an athlete has not fallen and is not lying on the ropes, but is in a semi-conscious state and cannot, in the opinion of the referee, continue the round.

19.2     The Count: In the case of a knock-down, the referee shall immediately begin to count the seconds.  When an athlete is “down” the referee shall count aloud from one(1) to ten(10) in the Thai language:

  1. NUENG          =         ONE
  2. SONG            =          TWO
  3. SAAM            =          THREE
  4. SII                  =          FOUR
  5. HAH               =          FIVE
  6. HOK               =          SIX
  7. JED                =          SEVEN
  8. BAED             =          EIGHT
  9. KOUW            =         NINE
  10. SIB                 =          TEN

The referee shall have intervals of a second between the numbers, and shall indicate each second with his/her hand in such a manner that the athlete who has been knocked down may be aware of the count. Before the number “NUENG” is counted, an interval of one second must have elapsed from the time when the athlete has fallen to the floor, and the time of announcing “NUENG”.

If the opponent should not go to the neutral corner on the command of the referee, the referee shall stop counting until the opponent has done so. The counting shall be then continued where it has been interrupted. The judge shall enter on his scoring paper “KD” (Knock Down) when the referee had given a count to any of the 2 athletes. When the athlete is considered “down” due to a hit to the head, the judge shall then enter “KD+H” (Knock Down to the head) on his/her scoring sheet.

19.3    Opponent’s responsibilities: If an athlete is down, his opponent must at once go to the neutral corner as designated by the referee. He may only continue against the opponent who is knocked down after the latter has gotten up and on the command “CHOCK”.

19.4     Mandatory 8 count: When an athlete is “down” as the result of being hit, the bout shall not be continued until the referee has reached the count of BAED (8), even if the boxer is ready to continue before then.

19.5     The Knock-out: After the referee has counted to ”SIB” (10) the bout ends and shall be decided as a “knock-out”

16.6     Athlete down at end of round: In the event of an athlete being “down” at the end of a round, the referee shall continue to count. Should the referee count up to 10, the athlete shall be deemed to have lost the bout by a “knock-out” if the athlete is fit to resume boxing before the count of 10 is reached, the referee shall immediately use the command “CHOCK”.

19.7     The second time an athlete goes down without a fresh hit: If an athlete is “down” as the result of a hit and the bout is continued after the count of BAED (8) has been reached, but the athlete falls again without having received a fresh hit, the referee shall continue the counting from the count of BAED (8) at which he has stopped.

19.8     Both boxers down: If both athletes go down at the same time, counting will be continued as long as one of them is still down. If both athletes remain down until SIB(10) the bout will be stopped and the decision given in accordance with the points awarded up to the time of the knock-down.

19.9  Athlete fails to resume: An athlete who fails to resume boxing immediately after the termination of the rest interval, or who when knocked down by a hit, fails to resume within 10 seconds, shall lost the contest.