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58 Pa. Code § 25.6. Fouls.

§ 25.6. Fouls.

 (a)  The referee shall determine all fouls based on the severity of the foul, the intent of the contestant committing the foul and the result of the foul. At the time of the infraction, the referee shall indicate to the judges the number of points that are to be subtracted from each boxer. The referee may simply issue a warning to the contestant, and no points will be subtracted.

 (b)  Accidental or intentional fouls will be governed under the regulations regarding accidental or intentional fouls in professional contests in §  21.5(d), (e) and (f) (relating to scoring system). The following actions are considered to be fouls:

   (1)  Striking with the elbow.

   (2)  Striking or kicking to the groin or any area below the waist.

   (3)  Attacking with a knee.

   (4)  Intentional striking or kicking to the back of the neck or throat.

   (5)  Striking to the face with a part of the arm other than the gloved hand.

   (6)  Linear, or straight-in, striking or kicking to the spine.

   (7)  Kicking to the legs.

   (8)  Punching or kicking of the contestant when he is down. A contestant is knocked down when any part of the contestant’s body other than the feet touches the floor. If a contestant is on his way to the floor, the opponent may continue the attack until the contestant has touched the floor with any part of his body other than the feet.

   (9)  Takedowns.

   (10)  Intentionally pushing, shoving or wrestling an opponent out of the ring with any part of the body.

   (11)  Illegal sweeping—a kick in which the leg is swept in a roundhouse motion.

   (12)  Attacking on the break when both contestants have been ordered to take one step back by the referee.

   (13)  Attacking after the bell has sounded to end the round.

   (14)  Holding and hitting; such as holding with one hand, especially behind the neck, and hitting with the other.

   (15)  Grabbing or holding onto an opponent’s foot or leg, followed by a takedown, strike or kick.

   (16)  Holding the ropes with one hand while kicking, punching or defending with the other hand or the legs.

   (17)  Leg checking by extending the leg to check an opponent’s leg to prevent him from kicking. The checked kick will be counted by the minimum kicking requirement (MKR) official as an attempted kick.

   (18)  Purposely going down without being hit. This will result in the referee automatically administering an eight-count, as specified in the rule on knockdown.

   (19)  The use of abusive language in the ring or corner, as determined by the referee.

   (20)  Hitting or flicking with an open glove.

   (21)  Intentionally evading contact.

   (22)  Clinching, holding or otherwise tying up an opponent’s arms to prohibit him from punching for two seconds or more, or repeatedly tying up the opponent’s arm.

   (23)  Biting.

 (c)  If the contest ends in a knockout or a technical knockout, the Commission will enter the exact time of the knockout or technical knockout on the master scorecard.

 (d)  The Commission will make the final tallies and verify the accuracy of the scores.


   The provisions of this §  25.6 amended under the Athletic Code, 5 Pa.C.S. §  103(b)(1).


   The provisions of this §  25.6 amended May 17, 2002, effective May 18, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 2443. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (251557) to (251559).

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  25.3 (relating to conduct of contests).

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