Last February, AIBA announced rule changes for international competition. This past month they announced additional rule changes. For women boxers, these new rules take effect January 1, 2009. Some of these rules will also affect USA Boxing's domestic competition, such as new weight categories, while others may not be adopted by USA Boxing.* AIBA is the International Federation (IF) for Olympic boxing, and they set the rules for international competition. Below are a few rule changes that are of importance to boxers wishing to complete on the international level.**
AIBA AGE CLASSIFICATIONS:
17-34: Elite Boxers
17-18: Youth Boxers
15-16: Junior Boxers
The age of a boxer is determined using her year of birth. International competitions for younger groups (below 15) may take place, with the age difference among competitors not to exceed two years.
UPPER WEIGHT LIMITS FOR WOMEN AND YOUTH GIRL BOXERS
This new weight structure gives women and men the same number of weight classes.
For Junior Girls (and boys) there are 13 international weight categories (in kg):
46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 57, 60, 63, 66, 70, 75, 80, 80+
ROUND NUMBER AND DURATION for INTERNATIONAL EVENTS:
Elite Women: 4 rounds of 2 minutes (Elite Men: 3 rounds of 3 minutes)
Youth Girls: 3 rounds of 2 minutes (Youth Boys: 4 rounds of 2 minutes)
For international events, all boxers attend a general weigh-in in the morning of the first day of competition. The boxer's weight should not exceed the maximum of her weight class nor be below the minimum of her weight class. The boxer may weigh in a swimsuit, underwear or nude.
Red mouthguards are prohibited. Spitting out the mouthguard is a foul. Boxers who remove (spit out) the mouthguard intentionally shall be warned or disqualified.
CAUTIONS AND WARNINGS:
This rule stays the same, but warrants explanation. If a boxer infringes on a rule, she may be cautioned by the referee. After the second caution for a foul, a warning will be given which results in two points being added to the offended boxer's score. If a second warning is given, then another two points will be awarded to the opponent. If a third warning is given, then the bout will be terminated, and the offending boxer will lose by disqualification.
BREAST PROTECTORS AND GROIN PROTECTORS:
For women boxers, protectors remain optional equipment.
COMPUTER OUTSCORE LIMIT:
The OutScore limit has now been eliminated on the international level.
These new AIBA rules take effect on January 1, 2009. The old AIBA rules will be used for the 2008 World Championships in Ningbo City, China.
*USA Boxing regulates amateur boxing in the United States. The new USA Boxing Rules can be found at www.usaboxing.org
**AIBA may change rules at its Executive Committee meetings or Bureau meetings. Talk with an AIBA official or Level IV coach for the most up-to-date information regarding rules and regulations on the international level.