The PBA provides Semi-Pro/White-Collar boxing licenses to Boxers, Promoters, Judges, Referees, Timekeepers and all other boxing officials to organise, officiate and work on PBA licensed and regulated Semi-Pro/White-Collar boxing events worldwide. 

By licensing Semi-Pro/White-Collar boxing events with the PBA, the event is operating in accordance to a fully regulated boxing event, meeting all safety and regulatory requirements, classing the event as licensed as opposed to unlicensed, the stigma attached to white-collar boxing (for good reason) which has no place in the sport of boxing in this day and age.

 

Unlicensed Semi-Pro/White-Collar promotions running unsupervised and unregulated events are by default self-regulating without the experience or knowledge of the full scope and depth required when it comes to the precautions and safeguards that are necessary to keep a boxer safe.

  • Unlicensed promotions are operating with inadequate medical checks on boxers, only a pre/post-fight medical on the day which cannot detect more sinister and potentially serious underlaying issues that could arise when boxing, putting the boxers health at risk.

  • Using officials who do not have extensive experience working on professional boxing events and therefore do not have the understanding or proficiency to make the correct decisions during a fast paced bout which is crucial to boxer safety.

  • Using officials from other combat sports backgrounds (Kickboxing, MMA etc) which simply do not cross over due to the sports being completely different. A world class boxing referee could not ref an MMA bout and vice versa.

  • Inadequate medical supervision at the event (no doctors, no ambulance, no  oxygen tank etc).

  • Promoters making boxers sign waivers before bouts to detach responsibly and liability in the event of injury (even though a promoter cannot exclude or restrict liability for injury or death caused as a result of their negligence ie, any of the above points.)

 

All the above, plus more, would be classed as reckless conduct in terms of boxer safety and would put the promoter directly in line for acting negligently if a boxer suffered damage in the ring.  Competing in a sport like boxing where damage could be sustained, it is essential that boxers as well as promoters are fully protected.

On PBA sanctioned events, boxers can knowingly and confidently compete in a structured environment, officiated by professional boxing officials with full medical personnel in attendance. PBA licensed boxers and promoters will also benefit from the full protection of our PBA personal injury insurance which covers permanent damage (including death) sustained in the ring during an ​event.

By becoming a PBA licence holder, members can have complete confidence that they are affiliated to a fully regulated and constituted governing body operating to the highest standards in boxing. 

To obtain a PBA Licence, please complete and return the relevant application.

WHITE COLLAR RULES:

  • Boxers aged 18 - 57 years old may compete.

  • Olympic boxing weight system used.

  • Bouts contested over 3 x 1.5mins.

  • 14oz gloves - Welterweight and below.

  • 16oz gloves - Middleweight and above.

  • Head-guards Optional.

  • Full boxing groin protection essential for men.

  • Full boxing breast plate essential for women.

  • Scoring is based on a 10 points must win system.

  • Three standing eight counts in a round will result in referee stopping contest.

  • The referee can stop the bout at any stage if in their sole opinion, the safety of either boxer is compromised.

SEMI PRO RULES:

  • Boxers aged 18 - 57 years old may compete.

  • Professional boxing weight system used.

  • Bouts contested over 3 x 2mins.

  • 12oz gloves - Welterweight and below.

  • 14oz gloves - Light-Middleweight and above.

  • Full boxing groin protection essential for men.

  • Full boxing breast plate essential for women.

  • Scoring is based on a 10 points must win system.

  • Three standing eight counts in a round will result in referee stopping contest.

  • The referee can stop the bout at any stage if in their sole opinion, the safety of either boxer is compromised.

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