CHAPTER 156 - PROFESSIONAL BOXING AND WRESTLING CONTROL ACT: SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

INDEX TO SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

Professional Boxing Control Regulations

Professional Boxing and Wrestling (Prescribed Forms) Regulations

Professional Wrestling Control Regulations

Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control (Insurance) (No. 2) Regulations

Zambia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control (Benevolent Fund) Regulations

PROFESSIONAL BOXING CONTROL REGULATIONS

[Section 10]

[RETAINED AS PER SECTION 15 OF THE INTERPRETATION AND GENERAL PROVISIONS ACT]

Arrangement of Regulations

   Regulation

   1.   Title

   2.    Interpretation

   3.   Application for registration as a boxer, official, manager or promoter

   4.   Contracts between boxers and managers, etc., to be approved by Board

   5.   Applications for licences to hold tournaments

   6.   Police to be notified of intention to hold a tournament

   7.   Tickets, etc., not to be sold prior to the issue of a licence

   8.   Notice to be given to Board of any cancellation or abandonment of a tournament

   9.   Power of Board to test ability of boxers

   10.   Betting at tournaments prohibited

   11.   Sale of intoxicating liquor at tournaments prohibited

   12.   Balance sheets to be submitted to Board

   13.   Balance sheets in relation to tournaments held for charity, etc.

   14.   Weighing-in and medical examination

   15.   Medical practitioner to be in attendance during contests

   16.   Equipment to be carried by a second when working during a contest

   17.   Officials having a pecuniary interest in a contest not to officiate at such contest

   18.   Referee to report to Board on any disqualification

   19.   Boxers who are disqualified to forfeit their remuneration

   20.   National Championships

   21.   Forfeiture of championship titles

   22.   Amount to be deposited with Board by challenger seeking championship fight

   23.   Boxers' benevolent fund

   24.   Board to impose levy on entrance fees at tournaments

   25.   Rules

   26.   Penalties

      SCHEDULE

Act 13 of 1994,

GN 235 of 1962,

GN 497 of 1964,

SI 53 of 1965,

SI 51 of 1978,

SI 52 of 1978,

SI 160 of 1978,

SI 161 of 1978,

SI 12 off 1984,

SI 58 of 1984,

SI 65 of 1989,

SI 41 of 1991.

[Regulations by the Minister]

1.   Title

These Regulations may be cited as the Professional Boxing Control Regulations.

2.   Interpretation

In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires—

"Board" means the Zambia Professional Boxing Control Board established by paragraph (a) of section 3 of the Act.

3.   Application for registration as a boxer, official, manager or promoter

Any person who desires to be registered as a boxer, official, manager or promoter shall make application to the Board for registration in the form prescribed by the Minister for this purpose.

   (2) Every application to be registered as a boxer, official, manager or promoter shall be accompanied by a registration fee of—

      (a)   16 fee units for a boxer;

      (b)   24 fee units for an official;

      (c)   80 fee units for a manager;

      (d)   160 fee units for a promoter;

   (3) On receipt of any such application, the Board shall satisfy itself that the particulars required are set out with sufficient clarity and may return the application for amplification or amendment.

   (4) On registering or re-registering any person as a boxer, official, manager or promoter, the Board shall issue to such person a certificate of registration in the form prescribed by the Minister for this purpose.

   (5) All such certificates of registration shall be valid and remain in force until the 31st December next following the date of issue.

   (6) If any person who has been previously registered as a boxer, official, manager or promoter under the provisions of this regulation desires to apply for re-registration to the Board in the manner provided for in sub-regulation (1), every such application for re-registration shall be accompanied by the appropriate registration fee specified in sub-regulation (2).

[As amended by Act 13 of 1994.]

4.   Contracts between boxers and managers, etc., to be approved by Board

In the event of a boxer wishing to enter into a contract with a manager, trainer or promoter, such manager, trainer or promoter, as the case may be, shall, before such contract is finalised, deposit a draft thereof with the Board for approval.

[As amended by SI 41 of 1991.]

5.   Applications for licences to hold tournaments

   (1) Any person who desires to promote a tournament shall, at least 14 days before the date upon which such tournament is to be held, apply to the Board for a licence to hold such tournament in the form prescribed by the Minister for this purpose and shall, at the time of such application, submit to the Board the following—

      (a)   all agreements entered into between himself and the boxers who will participate in such tournament;

      (b)   particulars of any fixed amount to be paid to such boxers as remuneration for their services at such tournament;

      (c)   particulars of any fixed amount to be paid by such boxers or other officials to the promoter as a guarantee of their participation in such tournament;

      (d)   particulars of each contest forming part of such tournament with the full names of each boxer participating therein;

      (e)   the full names of all officials who may be employed in such tournament;

      (f)   specimens of any posters or other advertising matter used or intended to be used in respect of such tournament;

      (g)   a certificate of the physical and mental fitness of each boxer who will participate in such tournament issued by a registered medical practitioner;

      (h)   particulars of arrangements made for the weighing-in of each boxer who will participate in such tournament.

   (2) On receipt of any such application, the Board shall satisfy itself that the particulars required are set out with sufficient clarity and may return the application for amplification or amendment and may call upon the applicant to produce such additional information relating to the holding of such tournament as may be necessary to enable the Board to arrive at a proper decision on the application.

   (3) In the event of the Board deciding to grant a licence authorising the holding of a tournament, the Board may charge a licence fee of—

      (a)   40 fee units for a local tournament;

      (b)   80 fee units for an international tournament.

   (4) On payment of any licence fee charged by the Board in terms of sub-regulation (3), the Board shall issue to the applicant a licence in the form prescribed by the Minister for this purpose.

[As amended by SI 41 of 1991 and Act 13 of 1994.]

6.   Police to be notified of intention to hold a tournament

Every person to whom the Board has issued a licence under the provisions of the foregoing regulation shall, at least 3 days before the date upon which the tournament is to be held, notify the local police authority of his intention to hold such tournament.

7.   Tickets, etc., not to be sold prior to the issue of a licence

   (1) No person who desires to promote a tournament shall sell or publish or cause to be sold or published any tickets, vouchers, posters or other advertising matter relating to such tournament unless and until he has been issued with a licence under the provisions of regulation 5.

   (2) All tickets, vouchers, posters or other advertising matter to be sold or published in relation to a tournament shall have inscribed on the face thereof the words "Sanctioned by the Zambia Professional Boxing Control Board".

8.   Notice to be given to Board of any cancellation or abandonment of a tournament

In the event of a tournament in respect of which a licence has been issued under the provisions of regulation 5 being cancelled or abandoned or curtailed by the failure to carry out any contest scheduled to form part of such tournament, the person to whom such licence was issued shall forthwith notify the Board in writing of such cancellation, abandonment or curtailment and shall give to the Board the reasons therefor.

9.   Power of Board to test ability of boxers

   (1) The Board may, if it is of the opinion that boxers engaged to participate in a tournament are unevenly matched or for any other reason which it may consider necessary, call upon the promotor of such tournament to make such arrangements as may be necessary to enable the Board to test the ability of such boxers, which tests shall be carried out not later than three days before the date of the tournament.

   (2) In the event of any boxer failing to pass such test, any agreement entered into by such boxer with the promoter of such tournament shall forthwith be cancelled and such boxer shall have no claim against either such promoter or the Board in respect of any purse money or other remuneration payable to him under such agreement.

10.   Betting at tournaments prohibited

No person shall carry on the business of a book-maker at the venue of any tournament nor shall any person place or cause to be placed any bet or wager at such venue.

11.   Sale of intoxicating liquor at tournaments prohibited

No person shall sell or supply or permit the sale or supply of any alcoholic liquor at the venue of any tournament unless he shall first have obtained the approval of the Board.

12.   Balance sheets to be submitted to Board

Within 14 days of the holding of a tournament, the promoter thereof shall submit to the Board a properly audited and certified balance sheet and statement of account showing the expenditure incurred in connection with, and the income derived from, such tournament, which balance sheet and statement of account shall be supported by vouchers and such other particulars as the Board may consider necessary.

13.   Balance sheets in relation to tournaments held for charity, etc.

In the case of a tournament in respect of which it has been advertised that a percentage of the profits arising therefrom shall be given to charity, or in which the boxers participating therein have boxed on a share basis, the charities, or the boxers concerned, may, upon application in writing to the Board, inspect the balance sheet and statement of account relating to such tournament and the vouchers in support thereof at any time within three months of the date upon which such tournament was held.

14.   Weighing-in and medical examination

   (1) Boxers participating in a tournament shall weigh-in on a scale approved by the Board and provided by the promoter on the day of such tournament at ten o'clock in the forenoon, in the case of an afternoon contest, and at two o'clock in the afternoon in the case of an evening contest unless, with the approval of the Board, another time for such weighing-in is mutually agreed between the boxers:

Provided that boxers taking part in championship title bouts shall weigh-in in the nude.

   (2) A boxer who is over-weight at the weigh-in shall be allowed one hour to reduce to the weight at which he has contracted to box.

   (3) The promoter shall at his own expense arrange for all boxers participating in a tournament to be medically examined by a registered medical practitioner appointed either by the Board or the promoter, at the same time as and at the place of weighing-in; such medical examination shall consist of the following—

      (a)   a cardio vascular examination, as a result of which such medical practitioner shall satisfy himself that the pulse of the boxer under examination shows no irregularities of rhythm other than sinus arrhythmia or occasional extra systoles, that the pulse rate at rest does not exceed 90 beats per minute and that there is no cardiac enlargement of the heart and no cardiac murmur;

Provided that in the event of cardiac murmur being present, such medical practitioner shall obtain a second opinion from another registered medical practitioner before passing the boxer under examination as fit to participate in the tournament;

      (b)   a respiratory examination, as a result of which such medical practitioner shall satisfy himself that the chest expansion of the boxer under examination is not less than two and a half inches, that there are no adventitious sounds on auscultation and that there is no dyspnoea at rest;

      (c)   an examination of the hands and forearms of the boxer under examination, an examination for tenderness and oedema over the corpal scaphoid, an examination for tenderness and oedema, limited movement and deformity over the first metacarpals, an examination of the fingers to ensure that there is sufficient movement in all joints to allow of a fist being made in a boxing glove, an examination of the elbows for limited movement and tenderness, an examination of the eyes for any obvious visual defects and an examination to ascertain whether such boxer has sustained any recent bodily injury, in which event the medical practitioner shall make a thorough examination of such injured part, particular attention being paid to any recent facial injuries suffered by the boxer.

   (4) At the conclusion of such examination, such medical practitioner shall either grant a certificate to the effect that the boxer under examination is fit to take part in the tournament or a certificate to the effect that such boxer is unfit to participate.

   (5) A boxer who is certified unfit by a medical practitioner shall not be permitted to take part in a tournament.

15.   Medical practitioner to be in attendance during contests

The promoter of any tournament shall, at his own expense, ensure that a registered medical practitioner appointed either by the Board or the promoter is in attendance at or near the ringside throughout each contest for the purpose of rendering medical aid, if required, or for the carrying out of any examination of a boxer at the request of the referee.

16.   Equipment to be carried by a second when working during a contest

The promoter of any tournament shall ensure that the following equipment is carried by a second when working in a corner during a contest—

      (a)   white petroleum jelly;

      (b)   sterile cotton wool of the best quality;

      (c)   small sealed packets of sterile gauze;

      (d)   surgical spirit;

      (e)   orange, cherry or dental stick swabs;

      (f)   solution of adrenalin of a strength one in one thousand or such other haemostatic as shall have been approved by the Board as scientifically efficient and without danger;

      (g)   blunt-edged surgical bandage scissors;

      (h)   an ice-bag;

      (i)   a one-inch wide "Elastoplast" roll; and

      (j)   an adequate supply of soft bandage:

Provided that a second when working in a corner shall not use iron chloride solution, oxygen, monsol, alcohol, ammoniated linaments for massage prior to a contest or a stimulant other than cold water which may be sprinkled on the body or used as a mouth wash.

17.   Officials having a pecuniary interest in a contest not to officiate at such contest

No official shall be permitted to officiate in or at a contest forming part of a tournament if such official shall be pecuniarily interested in such contest, provided, however, that such official shall not be debarred from officiating solely on the ground that he is a member of a sporting club approved of by the Board which is the promoter of such tournament. This regulation shall not apply to seconds.

18.   Referee to report to Board on any disqualification

In the event of a boxer participating in a contest being disqualified by the referee or retiring from such contest without sufficient cause, the referee shall, within thirty-six hours of such happening, submit a report in writing to the Board.

19.   Boxers who are disqualified to forfeit their remuneration

In the event of a boxer participating in a contest forming part of a tournament being disqualified by the referee for any cause whatsoever or retiring from such contest without sufficient cause, such boxer shall forfeit his entitlement to the amount payable to him for his services in such tournament and shall be entitled to receive only his travelling expenses and out-of-pocket expenses and any further remuneration which may be awarded to him by the Board.

20.   National Championships

   (1) All National Championships held in Zambia shall be decided under these Regulations.

(2) The winner of any championship contest shall be the holder of such championship title.

[As amended by 53 of 1965.]

21.   Forfeiture of championship titles

A boxer who is a championship title holder shall retain possession of his title until he is defeated in a championship contest—

Provided that a championship title holder shall, subject to the discretion of the Board, immediately forfeit his title—

      (a)   if he is convicted of a crime and sentenced to imprisonment without the option of a fine; or

      (b)   if he is proved guilty, to the satisfaction of the Board, of gross misconduct as a boxer; or

      (c)   if he refuses to defend his title after the receipt of a challenge duly approved by the Board and within the time limit set down for such title match by the Board; or

      (d)   if he is prevented by illness, accident or absence abroad from taking part in a contest for his title or fails or is unable to defend his title within such period as the Board directs; or

      (e)   if, in the case of an area or provincial title holder, he wins a National Championship title in the same weight division.

[As amended by 53 of 1965.]

22.   Amount to be deposited with Board by challenger seeking championship fight

   (1) In the case of a National Championship contest, the boxer who is the title holder shall have the right to demand that the approved challenger shall deposit with the Board or its nominee any sum of money up to the maximum amount fixed for the title held by the title holder before he shall be required to accept such challenge and defend his title; the maximum amounts fixed for the purpose of this regulation are as follows:

Title

Amount K

Fly

6

Bantam8

8

Feather

10

Light

12

Welter

14

Middle

16

Light-heavy

18

Heavy

20

   (2) In the event of such championship title holder having defended his title to the satisfaction of the Board, the money, if any, deposited by the challenger shall be paid to the championship title holder irrespective of the result of the contest.

   (3) If such championship title holder refuses to accept an approved challenge or, having accepted, fails to box, the money deposited by the challenger under the provisions of this regulation shall be returned to such challenger whose claim to such title may then be considered by the Board.

[As amended by No. 53 of 1965]

23.   Boxers' benevolent fund

The Board shall create and administer a boxers' benevolent fund, on the executive of which both boxers and promoters shall be represented and, for the purpose of creating and maintaining funds for such boxers' benevolent fund, the Board may impose a levy not exceeding two and one-half per centum of the amount payable to a boxer for his services in a tournament.

24.   Board to impose levy on entrance fees at tournaments

For the purpose of deriving funds to maintain the function of the Board, the Board may impose a levy not exceeding two and one-half per centum of the gross amount received by the promoter of a tournament by way of entrance fees, provided that the Board shall contribute to the boxers' benevolent fund from the amount accruing to the Board under this regulation a sum equal to that which is deducted from the amount payable to a boxer in return for his services in such tournament under the immediately foregoing regulation, which sum shall not, in any event, exceed twenty-five per centum of the entrance fee levy.

25.   Rules

The rules under which and the manner in which any tournament shall be organised and conducted are as set out in the Schedule.

26.   Penalties

Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with any provision of these Regulations, other than regulation 25, shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding 1,00,000 penalty units or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 6 months.

[As amended by Act 13 of 1994.]

SCHEDULE

[Regulation 25]

ZAMBIA PROFESSIONAL BOXING CONTROL BOARD

ZAMBIA PROFESSIONAL BOXING RULES

1.    These Rules may be cited as the Zambia Professional Boxing Rules.

2.    The standard weights for professional boxers shall be divided into eight divisions as follows:

Fly under

50.9 kg. and

Bantam under.

53.6 kg. and

Feather under.

57.7 kg. and

Light under.

62.8 kg. and

Welter under.

71.3 kg. and

Middle under.

77.7 kg. and

Light-heavy nder.

78.2 kg and

Heavy..

Any weight

3.    No contest between boxers in any two adjoining divisions as set out in rule 2 shall be permitted when the difference in their respective weight exceeds the maximum difference, less one pound avoirdupois, fixed between such adjoining divisions:

Provided that nothing in this rule contained shall apply to the matching of boxers if the weight of such boxer exceeds 77.7 kilograms.

4.    All boxing contests shall be decided in an area termed "the ring" measuring not less than sixteen feet nor more than twenty feet square, inside measurement; the ring floor shall be not less than four feet above the floor level of the venue in which the tournament is held and suitable steps allowing access to the ring from the floor level shall be provided. Three ropes drawn as taut as possible each of not less than one inch in diameter and covered in soft material shall surround the ring and be joined in the centre at each side. The top rope shall be placed fifty-two inches, the middle rope thirty-five inches and the bottom rope seventeen inches above the level of the ring floor. On each of the four corners of the ring, the ring ropes shall be connected by loops of other rope or other suitable fastenings to a post placed eighteen inches outside the ring ropes, such corner posts shall be properly secured and suitably padded throughout. The ring floor, which shall project at least two feet beyond the ring ropes, shall be well covered to at least six inches of its outer edges with felt half an inch thick, on top of which canvas, duck or other similar material will be tightly stretched and securely fastened so as to extend beyond the ring ropes for a distance of eighteen inches.

5.    The promoter of any tournament shall provide a sufficient number or quantity of chairs, buckets, bottles, gloves, spittoons, sponges, small tables, powdered resin and clean water and scoring cards for the use of judges, and in addition thereto he shall provide a gong or electric bell which must be securely adjusted on a level with the ring floor and testedprior to the commencement of such tournament, together with facilities for the announcement of rounds by means of numbers visible throughout the venue. In the event of an Announcer or Master of Ceremonies being engaged to announce the bouts the promoter shall, where necessary, ensure that suitable microphonic arrangements are provided.

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