By Samson Iu, Professional Boxing Commission Executive Director
Let’s talk about what is a professional boxing license and why all commissions should enforce the licensing system.
Licensing for professional boxing is very important, in order to maintain the health of the industry. Commissions will issue licenses for different roles in the industry, surely for boxers, as well as trainers, managers, promoters and boxing officials. I will give a brief introduction of key roles, but before that I’m giving a general idea why a boxing license is important,
Besides having a good control of the industry within an area or country, boxing licenses also act as an important reference when a boxer is fighting overseas, not only for boxers, but also for boxing officials and trainers, in order to make sure the safety of the fight and fairness of the fight.
Boxer’s health is always the main concern in the sport, in order to keep boxer safe as much as possible, issuing license is require by
a. Sparring test in some countries and written test to make sure of a boxer’s quality and understanding of boxing.
b. Yearly CT scan and blood test before renewing license.
c. To control the suspension period before boxers could fight again as a safety measure.
Trainer / Manager License
Trainers and managers spend most of their time with their boxer who is fighting in the ring. Therefore issuing them a license would be required by:
a. Written exam to make sure trainer understand how to take care of their boxers.
b. Commission could review bout contract to make sure terms are fair for both parties.
Boxing Officials is another key role to make sure safety of a bout, in order to do so, providing license to all officials will help:
a. Making sure officials will attend require seminar / training on new rules / new recommendation in the sport.
b. For overseas commission as a reference when overseas official is required.
All items mentioned above are a standard protocol for mature boxing countries like Japan, Philippines, Europe and the US. However, this is still a starting point for the new professional boxing developing countries like China, India, etc.
But since 2019, more and more countries in Asia are following this protocol to avoid conflict with commissions and as well as to avoid unnecessary injuries.
Photo – the author during the WBO Convention. Samson Iu is the executive director of the Professional Boxing Commission. The boxing commission originated in Macao six years ago and has since officiated and sanctioned bouts in mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, UAE, Vietnam and Cambodia.
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