16. Decisions

Decisions shall be as follows:

 

16.1          Win on points: At the end of a contest, the athlete who has been awarded the decision by a majority of the judges shall be declared the winner. If both athletes are injured, or are knocked-out simultaneously, and cannot continue the contest, the Judges shall record the points gained by each athlete up to its termination, the competitor with the most points shall be declared the winner.

16.2          Win by Retirement: If an athlete retires immediately after the rest between rounds, his/her opponent shall be declared the winner.

16.3          Win by Referee Stopping Contest  (RSC):

(a)   Outclassed: RSC is the term used to stop a bout when an athlete is outclassed or is unfit to continue. If an athlete, in the opinion of the referee is being outclassed or is receiving excessive punishment, the bout shall be stopped and his/her opponent declared the winner.

 

(b)   Injury:

i.            If an athlete, in the opinion of the referee, is unfit to continue due to injury sustained from correct hits or other action or is incapacitated for any other physical reasons, the bout shall be stopped and his/her opponent declared the winner. The right to make this decision rests with the referee, who may consult the Doctor. Having consulted the doctor, the referee must follow his/her advice. It is recommended that the referee checks the other athlete for injury also before he/she makes this decision.

ii.            When a referee calls a doctor into the ring to examine an athlete, only these 2 officials should be present. No seconds should be allowed into the ring or on the apron.

iii.            If the injury should happen in the final round of a gold medal bout, the winner will be decided on majority points scored from all preceding rounds only.

(c)    Referee Stopping Contest for Head Injuries (RSCH): When an athlete has received hard head blows or hits to the head rendering the athlete defenceless and incapable of continuing the contest.  The term RSCH is not to be used when an athlete is simply outclassed and is receiving too many scoring hits without scoring himself/herself.

(d)   Referee Stopping Contest for Body Injuries (RSCB): When an athlete has received a hard hit to any part of the body except the head rendering the athlete defenceless and incapable of continuing the contest.

(e)   Compulsory Count Limits (CCL): When an athlete has received 3 counts in the same round or 4 counts for the whole bout. For Youth 16-17 competitors the CCL will be 2 counts in the same round or 3 counts for the whole bout. For Youth 10-11, Youth 12-13, Youth 14-15, the CCL will be 2 counts no matter if it is in the same round or for a whole bout.

16.4     Win by Disqualification: If an athlete is disqualified, his/her opponent shall be declared the winner. If both athletes are disqualified, the decision shall be announced accordingly. A disqualified athlete shall not be entitled to any prize, medal, trophy, honourable award or grading, relating to any stage of the competition in which the athlete has been disqualified, provided that in exceptional cases, it shall be open to the Executive Committee (or in their absence, the jury and where there shall be no Jury, to the person or persons responsible for the conduct of the event in which the disqualification occurs), to rule otherwise. But, all such decisions, where not made by the Executive Committee, shall be subject to review and confirmation on receiving such report of the incident as it may require.

16.5     Win by Knock-out: If an athlete is “down” and fails to resume boxing within 10 seconds, the athlete’s opponent shall be declared the winner by a knock-out.

16.6     No Contest: A bout may be terminated by the referee inside the scheduled distance owing to a material happening outside the responsibility of the athletes, or the control of the referee, such as the ring becoming damaged, the failure of the lighting supply, exceptional weather conditions, etc. In such circumstances, the bout shall be declared “no contest” and in the case of Championships, the Jury shall decide the necessary further action.

16.7     Win by Walk-over: Where an athlete presents himself/herself in the ring fully attired for boxing and his/her opponent fails to appear after his/her name has been called out by the public address system, the bell sounded and a maximum period of 2 minutes has elapsed, the referee shall declare the first athlete to be the winner by a “Walk-over”. The referee shall first inform the judges to mark their papers accordingly, collect them and then summon the athlete to the centre of the ring and after the decision is announced, raise the athlete’s hand as winner.

16.8     A draw (Dual Matches only): 2 clubs or 2 nations in a friendly Dual Match may agree to a draw decision, when the majority of the judges have scored the competition equally.

16.9     Incidents in the ring outside the control of the referee:

16.9.1    If something happens that does not allow the bout to continue within 1 minute after the bell has rung for the beginning of the first or second round (e.g. power failure), the bout shall be stopped and the athletes will box again in the last bout of the same session.

16.9.2    If the incident occurs in the third round of a bout, the contest shall be terminated and the judges are asked to give a decision as to the winner of the bout.

16.9.3    If the incident occurs in the last 3 bouts of a session on the program, the athletes shall be asked to box the first bout on the program of the next session. The boxer shall be weighed and medically examined again for that bout.