Rules and Regulations

Rules for BBU Championship Bouts
During BBU Championship Bouts and in all operations related to them apply the following rules and the rules and regulations of the local official national professional boxing association. If there will be online at same time BBU title and the local official national professional boxing association´s title and if there are any contradiction between rules of these two federations, the fight will be fought by honouring the rules of local official national professional boxing association.
Boxers eligible to fight for BBU Championship
The boxer who is eligible to fight for the championship of Baltic Boxing Union has to be ranked at BBU Baltic Rankings or at top European Rankings and the boxer
  1. is permanently living at the area of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Russia or Ukraine or
  2. has nationality of some previously mentioned countries or
  3. is licenced by some local official national professional boxing association of BBU´s working area.
Also BBU Board absolutely has to accept both boxers to fight for BBU Championship even if they fill all previous clauses.
BBU Championship and Title Defending
3.1 The boxer who fill the clauses written at 2§ and who wants to fight for vacant BBU Championship, has to make with his co-operative people a literary application to BBU Board.

3.2 The boxer who has won BBU Championship Title, has to defend the title during nine (9) months after the win against the boxer who fills the clauses at 2§ and is accepted by BBU Board.

3.3 It is able to postpone the defence of BBU Title by paying three hundred (300) euros and with an application for BBU Board. The postponing period can not be more than three (3) months over the period which is defined at 3.2§. The paying of three hundred (300) euros will be paid by the champion or his manager or promoter.

3.4 Mandatory Defenses

3.4.1 After making successful title defensing or otherwise when BBU Board has appointed the mandatory challenger for the reigning BBU Champion, the Champion must defend his BBU title against mandatory challenger within nine months.

3.4.2 If the mandatory challenger is unable or unwilling to engage in a contest against the BBU Champion, the Champion must defend his title against the highest ranked boxer available in the latest BBU Baltic Rankings.

3.5 If the BBU Championship shall not be defended via for mentioned rules BBU is allowed to declare BBU Title vacant.
Purse Offers
4.1 If the BBU Championship Title is vacant BBU Board can declare Purse Offers. On the other hand BBU Championship Title bout can also be approved some other way by BBU Board. Purse Offers are open for all promoters working on the area written at 2§.

4.2 If there is the champion in the specific weight division, it´s possible for BBU Board according to its consideration to appoint a mandatory challenger against whom the BBU Champion has to defend his title or his title will be vacated.

4.3 Free negotiation period: The champion and the mandatory challenger, appointed by BBU Board, each with their managers will have a possibility to negotiate an agreement on holding the mandatory title defence. The lenght of this free negotiation period will not be more than twentyone (21) days. If any of those parties (champion or challenger) states to BU Board his unwilingness to use this free negotiation period or other way requests that Purse Offers to take place immediately, the BBU Board can cancel the negoatiation period and start the Purse Offers for the right to get to organize the mandatory title defence. The Purse Offers are open for all promoters working on the area written at 2§.

4.4 If the champion and the mandatory challenger do not reach an agreement during the period or BBU Board has cancelled the period for another reason, there will be started Purse Offers for the right to organize the fight between those boxers. About Purse Offers it will be announced at the web pages of BBU and with a possible e-mail information letter sent by BU Board. The announcement will always contain at least boxers´ names, weight division and the deadline date for bids to be accepted. The duration of Purse Offers will be between fourteen (14) and thirty (30) days.

4.5 The content of Purse Offers: The promoter´s official and legally binding Purse Offer has to supply in a closed envelope to the president of BBU by the deadline of Purse Offers. The Purse Offe has to contain
  1. The planned duration of the championship fight; eight (8) or ten (10) rounds.
  2. The Purse Offer money for both boxers calculated together. The Purse Offer has to be announced for eight (8) round fight. If the promoter wants to have championship fight for ten (10) rounds, he automatically has to pay at least twentyfive percent (25%) more than his Purse Offer for eight (8) round fight would require. The Purse Offers will have to be in currency of EURO (€). The Purse have to be NET, from which have already been taken taxes from both boxers also the possible fees for the local official national professional boxing association and other possible reductions have been already taken away.
  3. Date of the fight, which have to be between fortyfive (45) and ninety (90) days beginning from the deadline of Purse Offers if the parties won´t agree with each others the earlier date for the fight.
  4. The site of the fight and the country; the promoter will not be allowed to inform more than three (3) places where the fight would possibly be fought. The winner of Purse Offers has to confirm to both BBU and the participants of the championship Bout the official fighting place inside twentyone (21) days from decision of Purse Offers.
  5. The signature of promoter with its clarification and his/her commitment to take care of any expenses for BBU championship bout. For the boxers who are participating for the bout promoter has to cover the costs of travelling and maintenance for boxer himself but also same expenses at least for one (1) assistant for him.


4.6 The lowest acceptable Purse Offers:
  1. Flyweight - Super Featherweight: one thousand seven hundred (1700) EUROS
  2. Lightweight - Middleweight: two thousand one hundred (2100) EUROS
  3. Super Middleweight - Heavyweight: two thousand five hundred (2500) EUROS


4.7 Sharing of Purse Offers: The winner of Purse Offers will be divided as follows:
  1. 60% for the reigning champion and 40% for the challenger or
  2. 50% for both boxers if the BBU Championship Title is vacant.


4.8 The winner of Purse Offers will be the promoter who has made the highest Purse Offer for BBU Championship fight. It´s this promoter´s duty to pay whole BBU fee to the BBU´s bank account inside thirty (30) days from decision of Purse Offers. If the promoter who has won Purse Offers is not able to organize BBU Championship Fight according to these conditions or is by other way quitting from organizing it, the BBU fee will be divided as follows: forty percent (40%) for each boxers and twenty percent (20%) for BBU.

4.9 If the reigning champion refuses the mandatory title defence (except the reason independent of his own will, he or his manager has to announce their decision to BBU Board inside seven (7) days from start of Purse Offers. In that case BBU Board has the right to declare title vacant. If the reigning champion don´t make his refusal in time, but afterwards (except the reason independent of his own will, the boxer will not be eligible to fight for BBU Championship in any weight division in next six (6) months. In addition to this his championship will be declared vacant immediately.

4.10 The boxer (champion or challenger) who withdraws from the mandatory Title bout except the reason independent of his own will,
  1. after Purse Offers have given or
  2. the both parties of title match and BBU Board have accepted the contract for the BBU Title bout,

will be fined 500 euros. In addition to this the withdrawn boxer is not eligible to BBU Championship bout in any weight division during the period of next twelve (12) months. If the reigning champion is the boxer who withdraws the title will be vacated.
Losing the BBU Title
5.1 The boxer shall lose his BBU Title only by
  1. losing the title bout or
  2. being unable to fulfill the criteria of weigh-in procedures or
  3. according to 3.5§, or
  4. failing the doping test, or
  5. vacating the title voluntarily, or
  6. according to 4.9§ and 4.10§ by withdrawing the mandatory title defence, or
  7. winning the BBU Title at another weight division in which situation BBU Title of former weight division will be declared vacant.

Officials
6.1 The rules, regulations and other standards of the local official national professional boxing association will regulate timekeeper, doctor(s)/ringside physician(s) and medical staff.

6.2 The BBU Board´s Supervisor will act as an overall supervisor of the arrangements of BBU Title bout. A seat at the ringside table of other officials (jury) has to be reserved for BBU Supervisor. The promoter has to arrange and to pay all costs of BBU and BBU Supervisor (travels, accommodations, title belt, BBU payment and Supervisor payment) one (1) week before the official weigh-in.

6.3 The Promoter has to pay fees for the referee and judges and also all of their travel costs and accommodation expenses.
Supervisor
7.1 The BBU Board shall nominate the Supervisor for the BBU Title bout. The BBU Supervisor will act as an overall supervisor of the arrangements of BBU Title bout. Supervisor will take care that the BBU rules will be in act.

7.2 The BBU Supervisor shall not collect judge cards between rounds. That will be done by the representative of the local official national professional boxing association.

7.3 BBU Supervisor shall report the BBU Board the proceedings and arrangements of the contest within three (3) days.

7.4 After a protest from contestant or report of the BBU Supervisor the title can be declared vacant by BBU Board. The possible protest has to be sent to BBU Board during seven (7) days after the bout.
Payments
8.1 To get a sanctioning to arrange the BBU Title bout, the promoter (in addition to the literary permission application) has to pay
  1. for the BBU four hundred (400) euros, and
  2. for BBU Title belt three hundred (300) euros, and
  3. for BBU Supervisor three hundred (300) euros and to pay Supervisor´s travel costs and his accommodation expenses.

8.1.1 When the same promoter is arranging the BBU Championship bout in a row at same weight division (no other promoters arranging that division´s Title bout in between) and the reigning BBU Champion will defend his Title, the promoter doesn´t have to pay the Belt fee (8.1.b§) for BBU for that bout.

8.2 The fees for the referee and judges of BBU Championship bout are the normal fees of the local official national professional boxing association. These fees are paid by the promoter.

8.3 The fee for protest is two hundred (200) euros and it must be paid at the same time the protest given.
Gloves and Bandages
9.1 The gloves which must be with laces and which have to fill general standards given for professional boxing gloves, and bandages which will be used for BBU Championship bout have to be the model which are accepted by the local official national professional boxing association. Gloves will be provided and paid by the promoter and BBU Supervisor has to accept the gloves before the official weigh-in.

9.1.1 If there is in boxers´ official contracts the mention about the trademark of gloves which will be used in the BBU Championship bout, promoter has to inform that for BBU Board at least seven (7) days before the fight.

9.1.2 If there is not in boxers´ official contracts the mention about the trademark of gloves which will be used in the BBU Championship bout, it will be decided by the local official national professional boxing association at least seven (7) days before the fight also informing the decision to both the promoter and BBU Board.

9.2 Gloves used for BBU Championship bouts shall weigh:
  1. eight (8) oz from flyweight division to welterweights and
  2. ten (10) oz from super welterweight division to heavyweights.

9.2.1 For supporting the more safety in lighter weight divisions the use of ten (10) oz gloves from flyweight to welterweight at BBU Championship bout is also accepted by the BBU Board. The promoter of the BBU bout has in advance to accept this with the local official national professional boxing association. The the use of the rule (§9.2.1) means that the local official national professional boxing association shall accept it.

9.3 For bandages it is allowed to use for each hand:
  1. soft tape (from flyweight to welterweight) 1,8 metres long (6') and 5 centimetres (2") wide can be used for and over knuckles. In addition to this also adhesive bandage 2.5 centimetres (1") wide for each hand can be used a maximum 10 centimetres per site as a flat (not rolled) taping between knuckles or wrists.
  2. From super welterweight to heavyweight 2,5 metres (8') of such soft tape plus same amount adhesive tape as above will be allowed.

9.4 Bandages must be put on in the dressing room under the supervision of the referee or representative of the local official local national professional boxing association or BBU Supervisor, who shall stamp and sign the bandages. Also gloves have to be put on under the supervision of someone previously mentioned official.
10§ Boxers´ Clothing
10.1 A boxer shall not wear any shirt.

10.2 A boxer shall wear groin protectors inside trunks.

10.3 If in the course of a round, a glove lace or shoe lace will loose the referee shall tie it or lead the boxer to his corner where the second shall tie the lace. The opponent has to wait this at a neutral corner. The time shall be stopped during this procedure.

10.4 A boxer must use mouthpiece during the whole bout except the rest periods. The round can not start without mouthpiece. If mouthguard are dislodged during the bout the referee will call time and replace the mouthpiece at first possible moment when not interfering the immediate action. If the boxer spits out once mouthpiece intentionally he will be warned by the referee and in the second time the boxer will have a point deducted.
11§ Weight divisions, Rounds and Weigh-in for BBU Championship bout
11.1 For BBU Championship can be fought at following divisions:
  1. Flyweight (max 50,802kg),
  2. Bantamweight (max 53,525kg),
  3. Super Bantamweight (max 55,338kg),
  4. Featherweight (max 57,152kg),
  5. Super Featherweight (max 58,967kg),
  6. Lightweight (max 61,237kg),
  7. Super Lightweight (max 63,503kg),
  8. Welterweight (max 66,678kg),
  9. Super Welterweight (max 69,853kg),
  10. Middleweight (max 72,574kg),
  11. Super Middleweight (max 76,205kg),
  12. Light Heavyweight (max 79,378kg),
  13. Cruiserweight (max 90,719kg)
  14. Heavyweight (no limits).

11.2 BBU Championship bout will be planned for eight (8) rounds, round duration is three (3) minutes and a resting period between rounds is one (1) minute. The official weigh-in shall take place 30-24 hours before the bout. The BBU Supervisor shall lead and supervise the weigh-in procedures for the BBU Championship bout. The official weigh-in scale must be available for both contestants at least two hours before the official weigh-in.

11.2.1 If the promoter of BBU Championship Bout applies ten (10) round Championship fight, it will be accepted by BBU Board. The longer duration has to be accepted also by both boxers participating the BBU fight.

11.3 A Boxer who does not make the weight limit, has two hours time for reweigh-in. The boxer may be reweighed as often as he wishes within the two hours period. At the reweigh-in there have to be the same officials as during the official weigh-in. If the boxer can´t make the weight limit even at Reweigh-in, the promoter has a right to cancel whole BBU Championship bout. If the boxer can not make the stipulated weight at re-weighin and the fight takes place, 10 % of his purse will be deducted for every kilogram or fraction thereof. This money sum will be shared evenly by the opponent and BBU.

11.4 If boxer does not make the weight limit within the two hours period the following shall occur:
  1. If the champion fails to make the weight the title will be declared vacant, but the fight may still continue as a championship bout. If the challenger wins he will be declared the new champion.
  2. If the challenger fails to make the weight the bout shall go on as a non-title bout. So the reigning champion shall keep his title regardless of the result of the bout.
  3. If the bout is for a vacant title and one of the boxers fails to make the weight, the fight may continue as a championship bout and if the challenger who has made the weight wins he will be declared the new champion. Otherwise the title will stay vacant.
  4. If the both boxers do not make the weight the bout shall be go on as a non-title bout and the title is declared vacant.

11.5 The exact weights of the boxers will be announced in the ring before the bout.

11.6 The Medical Examination shall take place at the weigh-in. The doctor approved by the local official national professional boxing association will make such a medical examination that he can be sure boxers are medically fit to box.
12§ The Seconds
12.1 The number of seconds shall not exceed four persons. In this article second means person assisting a boxer during the course of the bout.

12.2 Before each bout the chief second must identify himself to the referee. The seconds must obey the orders of the referee and they are not allowed to disturb the bout. Neither they are allowed to enter the ring except during rest periods between rounds one second can step inside the ropes for advicing. If any of the boxer´s second is breaking referee´s instructions or other rules for the bout the referee can disqualify the boxer.

12.3 If the chief second wants to retire his boxer he has to throw a towel into the ring. This is not allowed to do when the boxer is on the canvas and the referee is counting. Anyway, the final decision of stopping the bout is done by the referee.
13§ The Referee
13.1 The referee who can be at the same time the only person to score the BBU Championship Bout will be appointed by the official national professional boxing association which is chosen by BBU Board.

13.2 Before the bout the referee and the BBU Supervisor shall visit the boxers and their chief assistants at dressing rooms giving them all instructions and advices necessary for obeying the rules.

13.3 In the ring just before the start of the bout the referee shall call both boxers to the ring centre for final instructions asking them to shake hands and commanding them to start boxing immediately the bell has rung. The boxers have to shake hands just before the start of the final round.

13.4 The referee may with or without previous notice disqualify the boxer or both boxers for any breach of the rules by the boxer(s) or his assistant(s).

13.5 The referee may declare with or without notice to the spectators "No Decision" if he considers that the spectator(s) are acting in a manner detrimental to the proper running of the bout.

13.6 The referee has to stop the bout if he considers that the boxer is outclassed or in no condition safely to continue the bout.

13.7 In “knock down”, the referee will start counting aloud from "One" at most to "Ten", at the rate of one count per second and in such a manner as may be heard by the boxer lying on the canvas. The referee has to show every second of the count by fingers, too. A count shall also be made by the timekeeper in a manner audible and visible to the referee. When the count "One" is uttered, one second shall have elapsed since the moment the boxer was considered "knocked down". The minimum amount for the count is “Eight”.

13.8 The sound of the bell at the end of the round, including the last one, shall not interrupt the count of a fallen boxer. If the boxer stays down for the count of “Ten” he is declared "counted out". If the boxer is ready to continue to box after the count and after the bell has rung he must go directly to his corner, and there will be one minute´s rest period.

13.9 During the bout the referee has all rights to interpret these rules.
14§ The Timekeeper
14.1 The duties of the timekeeper are to order the seconds to leave the ring before the start the round, to indicate with the bell the beginning and the end of the rounds, and to indicate otherway than by the bell the last ten (10) seconds and the last five (5) seconds of the rounds. Under any circumstances the timekeeper is not allowed to deduct the time during the round without the instructions by the referee.

14.2 The timekeeper has to inform the referee the number of seconds when counting by audible methods like knocking and/or by visible methods. In the case of "knock down", the duration of about one (1) second must take between the moment when the boxer in considered to be "down" and the moment the timekeeper says or shows by knocking "One".
15§ The Decisions
  1. Victory by unianimous decision (WUD)
  2. Victory by majority decision (WMD – a decision by two of the judges)
  3. Victory by split decision (WSD – two judges vs one judge)
  4. Victory by knock out (WKO)
  5. Victory by retirement (WTKO)
  6. Victory by technical knockout (WTKO – referee stopping the bout)
  7. Victory by injury (WTKO)
  8. Victory by disqualification (WDQ)
  9. A draw (D – a draw decision by at least the majority of the judges or in case of 3 different decisions )
  10. No decision (ND)
  11. Technical draw (TD - the bout has to be stopped before the end of the fourth round due to an accidental injury)
  12. Victory by technical decision (WTD - if the bout has to be stopped after the end of the fourth round due to an accidental injury)
  13. A special verdict of "No Contest" (NC - may be given by the referee only in case of stoppage of the bout owing to absolute necessity (e.g. serious damage of the ring, storm during open-air contests, invasion of the ring etc.). In addition to previous, No Contest shall be declared afterwards, if the winner of contest or in case of a draw a contestant fails the doping test.
16§ The Judges
16.1 The BBU Championship bout will be scored either one (1) or three (3) persons. In the case one scoring person, it will be the referee who scores the fight alone. In the case of three persons, there can be either the referee and two judges to score the fight or three judges to score the fight and the referee is non-scoring. It is promoter´s choice if there is used either the system of one or three scoring persons. Promoter has to inform this selection to BBU Board at least twentyone (21) days before the fight.

16.2 The whole BBU Championship bout will be scored round by round. The possible judges will hand their score card of the round to the referee who will give score cards to the representative of the local official national professional boxing association who will keep the complete score report of the bout.
17§ Scoring of the BBU Championship bout
17.1 The BBU Championship Bout can be scored by the referee alone or by three judges in which situation the referee is non-scoring or by the referee and two judges.

17.2 The every judge or referee of BBU Championship Bout has to have a different nationality as those boxers who are participating in the fight. The BBU Board will inform the promoter case by case which official national professional boxing association will appoint the referee and possible judges for the Championship fight.

17.2.1 If both contestants of BBU fight will have the same nationality, it is possible for the local official national professional boxing association to appoint the referee and possible judges. In this situation they can have the same nationality as boxers have.

17.2.2 As an exception for rule 17.2§: If the promoter applies and BBU Board accepts it, the local official national professional boxing association can appoint the referee and one (1) judge having the same nationality as a contestant for the BBU Championship fight. At this situation the other contestant´s official national professional boxing association has to have a possibility to appoint another judge for the fight. Also at this situation either the local official national professional boxing association or the BBU Board will decide the official national professional boxing association which will appoint the third judge for the Championship fight. That third judge can not have the same nationality as referee and two previous judges have.

17.3 Scoring will concentrate on attacks, on domination, on defending plus specially on clean blows hitting with the knuckle part of the gloves to any part of the front or of the sides of the head or body above the belt (the belt line being an imaginary line across the body at the top of the hip bones).

17.4 Bout should be scored as follows:
  1. Every judge will award the better boxer of the round at most with ten (10) points. The other boxer will get one or even more points fewer accordingly. If the round is adjudged even, the boxers shall be awarded by ten (10) points each. Whenever possible a round should not be scored even.
  2. The winner of the bout will be the boxer having the majority of the points in his favour.
  3. The referee´s count for a boxer will took one point away from the amount of the points of the boxer after the round.
  4. The referee´s public warning for a foul done by the boxer and leading the referee to take a point or points away shall be noticed by the judges for their score cards.
  5. In any situation the difference between boxers´ points can not be more than four (4) points per round
18§ International Boxing Language
18.1 In all BBU Championship bouts only the following words of the commands, five in all, are used by the referee during the course of the bouts:
  1. stop
  2. box
  3. break
  4. time
  5. the name of a boxer (when using indicates that the boxer has been at fault, e.g. foul blow, holding...etc.)

18.2 The referee shall count in English.
19§ “Break”
19.1 The referee will use command “Break” whenever:
  1. both boxers are holding
  2. one of the boxers holds and prevents the boxing of the other.
  3. when boxers´ bodies are tight together without boxing or with unintentional boxing.

19.2 When "Break" is said, the boxers must separate immediately and clearly take a step back before boxing again.

19.3 The powerful separation of the boxers should be avoided whenever possible.
20§ Decisions in Case of Injuries
20.1 The referee in case of an injury or whenever necessary may consult with the ring doctor to determine if the bout should be stopped. All conclusions are under total rights of the referee and the referee is the only person authorized to stop the bout.

20.2 When an injury is caused by a clean, legal punch or punches and the injured boxer is unable to continue, he will be declared the loser of the bout.

20.3 When an injury is caused by an intentional foul and the injured boxer is unable to continue, he will be declared the winner by disqualification. If the injured boxer is able to continue the opponent will receive a two points (2) deduction.

20.4 When a boxer is injured due to an unintentional foul the referee has the right to order the deduction of one point from the uninjured boxer.

20.5 If the injury caused by an unintentional foul occurs before the end of the fourth (4th) round and the injured boxer is unable to continue the bout stopped by the referee will be declared as a technical draw.

20.6 If the injury caused by an unintentional foul or by other way occurs during the first four rounds and will be increased by correct punches after the fourth (4th) round and leads to stoppage by the referee the boxer who is ahead on the score cards will be declared as the winner by technical decision. The round in which the bout is stopped will be scored including all point deductions even if it is a partial round.

20.7 If an injury produced by a foul is enlarged by another yet unintentional foul and the injured boxer is unable to continue, the bout shall be stopped declaring decisions proceeding as stated in §20.6.

20.8. The referee has right to give for the fouled boxer reasonable time for recovery anyhow not more than five (5) minutes. However if the referee determines the foul as intentional and the fouled boxer can not continue anymore the fouled boxer will win the bout by disqualification. If the referee after consulting the ring doctor determines the fouled boxer could continue but he does not want to do that, the fouled boxer will lose by retirement decision.

20.9 The unexpected events:
  1. If a boxer is injured by any action by himself or by his assistants during the bout and if the referee after consulting the ring doctor determines the injured boxer is unable to continue, the boxer will be declared as the loser of the bout
  2. If the referee stops the bout because the injured boxer not willing to continue the injured boxer will lose the bout by retirement decision
  3. If the bout shall be stopped by the referee for reasons unrelated to the fight such as natural phenomens, ring destruction, accidents by other unforeseen incidents the decision of the bout will be declared as No Contest.
21§ A Boxer “down”, Counting, Referee Stopping the Bout
21.1 A boxer is "down" on canvas, when:
  1. Any part of his body other than his soles touches the canvas
  2. Any part of his body touches the ropes helping him to rise again
  3. He is knocked down on canvas or thrown to the canvas accidentally. If he is not ready to box again within ten seconds counted by the referee, he will be declared as "counted out"
  4. He is knocked out of the ring and beyond the apron by a legitimate blow. If he is not ready to fight again during twenty seconds counted by the referee, he will be declared as “counted out”.

21.2 When the boxer is knocked down the referee must order the opponent to the neutral corner where he must stay until the referee orders the boxers to box again. If the opponent leaves the neutral corner earlier the referee has to interrupt the count until the opponent has returned to the neutral corner. The referee will continue the count from the count second refer to the time of the interruption.

21.3 If the boxer retires during the rest period he will be declared the loser of the bout by retirement of the round beginning.

21.4 When the boxer is knocked down or when the rope(s) shall prevent him to go down, the referee will always count at least to 8 with the help of the timekeeper as in 13.7§ even if the boxer stands up before the end of the count. If the referee already estimates the boxer is "in a condition of the danger", the referee has a right to stop the bout even before counting to 8.

21.4.1 The referee can not start to count for a standing boxer unless the rope(s) shall prevent him to go down.

21.5 The "Knock Out" decision is pronounced "Ten Out" by saying "Out" immediately after "Ten".

21.6 The referee is also authorised to stop a bout at any time.

21.7 After three counts during the same round for the same boxer the referee automatically stops the fight. The winner by TKO will be the other boxer.

21.8 In the case of a simultaneous "count out" the decision will be declared as "No Decision".
22§ Legal Blows
22.1 A legal blow is a blow delivered with the fist closed and with the knuckle part of the glove. Legal blow can hit at any point on the front side of the head or the body above the belt line.
23§ Illegal Actions or Illegal Blows (Fouls)
  1. Hit below the belt line
  2. Pretend to have been struck below the belt line
  3. Lean on his opponent, push him backward or turn him
  4. Push the head of his opponent backward with the open glove and hit with the other
  5. Hold a rope with his glove
  6. Hide behind his gloves to avoid boxing
  7. Hit the opponent when knocked down or trying to get up
  8. Hold the opponent or deliberately prolong a clinch
  9. Hold the opponent with one hand and hit him with the other
  10. Hit the opponent with a wrist, with an elbow, with a shoulder, with a head or with the help of the other parts of the body or of the limbs than knuckles
  11. Hit with open hands or with sides of the palms
  12. Push the opponent into the ropes
  13. Insult the opponent, swear, spit or bit the opponent
24§ Warnings and Disqualifications
24.1 The referee is allowed to make remarks to the boxers during the bout without taking point(s) or calling for public warning(s). It is up to the referee to decide whether to give remark(s), public warning(s) or to disqualify the boxer(s).
25§ Medical Safety and Doping Tests
25.1 When participating in any BBU title fight the boxer must have the valid professional boxing licence from some national professional boxing association mentioned at 2§. Also when participating in any BBU title fight the boxer must fullfil all safety conditions set by both the association which has has licenced this boxer and the local official national professional boxing association where the fight will be fought.

25.2 The administration or use of drugs, injections or stimulants either before or during the bout is prohibited. This order includes smelling salts, ammonium capsules or other chemical irritants. A boxer who breaks this order shall be subject to disqualification.

25.3 In BBU Championship bout the Doping tests are taken at random – not regularly. The BBU Board will inform the promoter of the test at most one (1) week before the bout. The Doping test will be carried as recommended by WADA. The promoter of the bout is obliged to take care that the local national professional boxing association will carry on the tests for the both boxers after the bout. The Doping test expences will be paid by the promoter.

25.4 Any substance other than pure water given during the fight is absolutely prohibited. According to 10.5§ it’s allowed to put white vaseline on boxer’s face but not on other parts of the body during the rest periods.

25.5 During rest periods it is legal to use
  1. white vaseline on boxer’s face but not on other parts of the body
  2. minor amounts of adrenaline (1/1000) to coagulate bleeding of the eye corners (not eyes), of nose or of other parts of the face.

The usage of other chemicals e.g. for coagulating is prohibited.

25.6 At least during the Weigh-in the boxers have to give the Supervisor of the local official national professional boxing association the certification of the negative test result of HIV Antigen Test done at most one (1) month before the date of the bout.

25.7 At least during the Weigh-in the report of the brain examination (Head CT or Head MRI) must be given to the Supervisor of the local official national professional boxing association. The brain examination can not be more than one (1) year older from the date of the bout.
26§ BBU International –Championship bout
26.1 The BBU International –championship bout will be fought under totally same rules as the BBU Championship bout except following things:
  1. Please notice that all those boxers who are listed at the BBU Baltic Rankings are allowed to fight for this title too but also there are such boxers who aren´t listed in that ranking but they can fight for BBU International –title.
  2. possibility for less rounds; BBU International –title fight will be scheduled for either six (6) or eight (8) rounds depending on promoter´s choice. The duration of each round can be either two (2) or three (3) minutes.
  3. BBU International Champion is having 6 (six) months period to defend the title.
  4. to get organize BBU International –title fight the promoter must pay to the BBU three hundred fifty (350) Euros for sanctioning, two hundred fifty (250) Euros for the belt and two hundred fifty (250) Euros for the BBU Supervisor (+his travelling and maintenance expenses).
  5. The local official national professional boxing association appoints the referee and possible judges for the BBU International Championship fight. These officials can have the same nationality as boxer(s) is/are having.
27§ BBU Female –Championship bout
27.1 The BBU Female –championship bout will be fought under totally same rules as the male BBU Championship bout except following things:
  1. BBU Female –title fight will be scheduled for either eight (8) or ten (10) rounds depending on promoter´s choice. The duration of each round is two (2) minutes.
  2. BBU Female Champion is having 6 (six) months period to defend the title.
  3. to get organize BBU International –title fight the promoter must pay to the BBU three hundred fifty (350) Euros for sanctioning, two hundred fifty (250) Euros for the belt and two hundred fifty (250) Euros for the BBU Supervisor (+his travelling and maintenance expenses).
  4. The local official national professional boxing association appoints the referee and possible judges for the BBU International Championship fight. These officials can have the same nationality as boxer(s) is/are having.
28§ Miscellaneous
28.1 If the BBU Championship bout is a defence the challenger will come to the ring first. The BBU Champion will bring the BBU belt with him to the ring where the belt is taken by the referee and given to the BBU Supervisor.

28.2 After the bout, before the result is announced, The BBU Supervisor, the representative of the official national professional boxing association and the representative of the promoter are invited to the ring to handle the BBU Championship belt to the BBU Champion.

28.3 BBU does not arrange, promote, organize or produce BBU Championship bouts. BBU merely supervises the rules governing the bouts, licenses the use of its name and awards the BBU Championship belt to the BBU Champion.

28.4 It is under the promoter´s duty to take care of all expenses of the bout and to obey all these rules and regulations and the medical safety standards which are connected to BBU Championship bout.

28.5 BBU is not obliged to return any fees if the BBU Championship bout can not be arranged for the reasons independent of BBU. For example in the case of §11.4b when the challenger is overweight for the BBU Championship bout.

28.6 BBU has the rights to use at BBU´s homepages without any economical compensation the photos of BBU Champions (former and current) and also photos which are taken at any action connected to BBU Championship Bout.

28.7 BBU keeps the rights to check on the BBU´s Board meeting the rules and regulations and prices which are connected to BBU Championship bouts. Possible changes will be informed at the official homepages of BBU.

28.8 Possible disputes: The parties shall attempt to solve any possible dispute, controversy, or claim arising out of, relating to, or in connection with this agreement by way of mutual negotiation. Any dispute, controversy, or claim which cannot be solved by mutual negotiation shall be settled by the district court of Baltic Boxing Union Ltd´s domicile.

28.9 The parties undersigned hereby agree to participate in the BBU Championship bout. At the same we testify that we have read and understood the Rules and Regulations of Baltic Boxing Union and we shall follow these rules in all our action. We understand fully the inherent risks involved with boxing and hereby we shall fully waive all our rights and release BBU, its officials and other interest groups from all demands and legal actions which the undersigned, its heirs, administrators or other interest groups may have or may claim to have against BBU, its officers or other interest groups from all personal injuries or injuries to property which are caused by either directly or indirectly at any action connected to BBU Championship bout.

We hereby sign this contract completely voluntarily with understanding of its significance.