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There is no published code of rules for the management of
boxing competitions or for the guidance of the judges, so I
beg to offer the following suggestions, which may be of service until a proper set has been formed by some recognized
In boxing competitions there should be four judges, a
referee and a time-keeper; a. judge to sit at each corner of
the ring (outside), and the referee to move about so that he
may see the whole of the maneuvering and hitting, and at the
end of each round the referee and judges should assemble and
decide, during the interval between the rounds, which man
has had the advantage. When the judges sit together they
cannot possibly see all the hits given.
The competitors should toss for corners.
The referee should under no circumstances be the timekeeper, as he cannot both keep time and watch the rounds.
In judging, both body and head blows—indeed all points in
boxing—should be taken into consideration, as well as form
In-fighting should not be ignored and looked upon as
roughing. There is great art in it, and in a street fight it is
much more useful than out-fighting.
The competitors should be divided into four weights, termed
“Feather,” “Light,” “Middle” and “Heavy,” viz:
Feather for men under 112 lbs.
Light “ 140 lbs.
Middle “ 158 lbs.
Heavy for men of any weight.
Three rounds should be sparred—the first and second of
three minutes duration each, and the third of four minutes—a
minute allowed between the rounds.
On time being called, the men should go into the middle of
the ring and begin the round and continue it, unless an accident should happen, until the judges stop them.
No wrestling, kicking, hitting below the mark, butting,
striking with the elbow or palm, or taking hold of the hair should he permitted. Any man willfully doing any of the
above should be first cautioned, and upon a repetition, disqualified by the judges.
In striking, the blow must be delivered with the hand.
The seconds should not be allowed to be in the ring except
during intervals between the rounds; neither should they be
permitted to direct their men during a round, either by word
When a competitor draws a bye, he should invariably be
compelled to spar three rounds of the same duration as the
No competitor should be allowed to lay hold of the ropes to
assist him in the contest.
Any competitor who may be disabled during a round, and
not be able to renew the contest before sixty seconds have
expired, shall be considered beaten.
H OW TO P I T C H A R I N G .
The ground should be level, and where there is sufficient
room the ring should be 24 feet square, formed of two lines
of ropes and eight stakes.
The stakes should be strong, with round tops, and have
holes or rings through which to run the ropes, and should be
firmly fixed in the ground, out of which they should stand five
Two rows of ropes of four inches in circumference should
be run around the ring, the bottom one about two feet three
inches from the ground, and the top one four feet three
When the ring is on a raised stage, a stout piece of wood
about five or six inches deep should be fixed all around the
edge of the floor, to prevent the men slipping off.
Under no circumstances should the ring be less than 12
feet square. In a ring of less dimensions the men would not
have sufficient room to use their feet-without which there
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