IMC - Muaythai-RULES


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          Muay Thai is one of Thai national fighting arts. It has been inherited from one generation to another until becoming Thai national culture of an individual's fighting techniques. At present, foreigners like to watch and love to train Muav Thai. It is safe to say that Muay Thai boxing skills are trained by many worldwide. The evidence is observed as there are quite many Muay Thai training camps in foreign countries. Domestically. there are so many Muay Thai training camps that they are hard to control and manage by concerned authority. As a result, many problems have arisen. The International boxing is also widely organized for competitions in Thailand.

          From the above significant issues. Sports Authority of Thailand, responsible for the nation's sport events, has to initiate a program in accordance with Developing Plans for Professional Sports. Since the boxing sport has been developed to compete for professional sport. It is essential to have the same and standard regulations to lead for objective and systemic management and implementations. Therefore, Board of Boxing Sport as a legal organization for Boxing Policies has issued rules and regulations for boxing sport competitions. Other rules and regulations have also been issued for implementations for boxing activities in accordance with the intentions of Boxing Sport Laws upon the boxer's ages, sexes, safety, end customs when competing as major concerns. It is expected that the individuals in boxing Sport circle, as referees, boxers, and trainers / coaches, can correctly implement rules and regulations. The spectators and concerned individuals are included and expected to have the same understanding and direction. It is expected that these practices will lead boxing sport development to higher standards.

          Sports Authority of Thailand authorized by Boxing Sport Act B.E. 2542 highly hopes that this Rules and Regulations book will be useful for all individuals in boxing sport circle. Rules and regulations are required for the same standard of implementation and to develop boxing sport up to  higher standards accordingly.

Sports Authority of Thailand



Board of Boxing Sport Regulations

Dealing with Rules and Regulations for Boxing Sport Competitions B.E. 2545.

For the Competition of boxing sport and similar sports to run smoothly and accordingly to custom and with the same standards, by power authorized by Article  9(5) and Article 16 of Boxing Sport Act B.E. 2542. Board of Boxing Sport has issued Regulations dealing with rules for boxing Sport competitions as follows:


Article 1.        The Regulations are called    “Board of Boxing Snort

Regulations dealing with Rules and Regulations for Boxing Sport

Competitions BE 2545."

Article 2.        The Regulations are implemented in effect from the 30 of May

2545 thereafter

Article 3.        As found in the regulations, the following terms are defined:

"Chairman":          means Chairman of the ring officials for the competition.

"Referee":               means the person who referees in the ring.  

"Judge":                  means the person who judges and scores the boxers to

         determine the winner.

"Announcer":       means the ring official who announces.

"Timekeeper":      means the ring official who keeps the competition time.

"Ring doctor":      means the doctor who is in charge of the competition.       

"Second":               means the person who assists the boxers during the rest

         interval of rounds. 

Article 4.        The regulations consist as follows

Part 1      Muay Thai.

Section 1    Rules and Regulations for Muay Thai competitions.

Section 2    Rules and Regulations for Women's Muay Thai


Section 3    Rules and Regulations for Under 15-full year-old

Boxer's Muay Thai Competitions.


Published on the 30th of May B.E. 2545

General             (Signed)

(Thammarak Isarangkur na Ayudhaya)

Minister, Office of the Prime Minister

Chairman, Committee of Boxing Sport


Rule 1   The Ring and Stage

In general competitions, the ring and stage are as follows:

1.1  The ring is a place constructed for boxing sport competitions. It must

be constructed strongly, safely at a level without any obstructions and

the ring floor must stretch out beyond ring ropes at least 90 centimeters.

1.2  The ring floor must be high up from the ground at least 1.20 meters, but

not higher than 1.50 meters. In each of the four ring corners, one ring post

10 - 12.5 centimeters in diameters is erected high up from the ground not

higher than 2.70 meters. The ring floor must be covered with soft materials,

such as rubber, soft cloth pieces, sponge, or similar materials for the thickness

of 2.50 centimeters to 3.75 centimeters, with a top up of canvas cover tightly and

smoothly secured all over to the whole ring area.

1.3  The ring construction is to position the red corner on the left hand side

of Chairman of the ring officials' table, the blue corner opposite to the red corner

and the other two are neutral corners.

1.4  There  are 4 surrounding ring ropes of 3 - 5 centimeters in diameter,

padded with smooth and soft materials, attached tightly to the four corner posts.

The ropes are attached high up from the ring floor 45 centimeters, 75 centimeters,

1.05 meters and 1.35 meters, respectively as measured to the rope's top. The ropes

of each side must be held by two strong pieces of cloth 3 - 4 centimeters wide with

an equal space from each other. These pieces of cloth must be tightly tied to hold the

ropes. All four corners must be padded with cushions or other materials in good conditions

to protect the boxers from harms. There must be a ladder at the red corner and another one

at the blue corner for the boxers, the seconds, the referee, and the ring doctor to step up into

the ring for duties.

1.5   Two plastic boxes or of other materials are provided in both neutral corners,

one box each (outside the ring) for the referee to dispose cotton or left materials.

1.6   The stage is a part of the ring. It is a square of 6.10 x 6.10 meters for a small size and

7.30 x 7.30 meters for a large one, measured from the inner edge of the ring ropes.


Rule  2   Ring Equipment for Competition

2.1   Two chairs (stools) for boxers.

2.2   A mop to wipe the ring floor and two foot-towels.

2.3   Two small bottles for drinking water and two water spraying bottles.

2.4   Two towels.

2.5   Two buckets of water.

2.6   Tables and chairs for officials.

2.7   A bell.

2.8   One or two stopwatches.

2.9   Score cards.

2.10 A locked box for score cards.

2.11 A set of round, boxing time, and bout markers.

2.12 Two pairs of boxing gloves

2.13 Two boxer's shorts, red and blue each.

2.14 Two protective cups or protective coverings for the boxers' genital


2.15 Two screens to use in case the protective cup or the genital

covering gets loose or the boxers' shorts are improperly dressed.

2.16 A stretcher.

2.17 A pair of safety scissors.

2.18 Other instruments essential for the competitions, e.g. an amplifier

and a microphone, etc.


Rule 3   Gloves

3.1 The gloves used in the competitions must have the leather portion

not heavier than one-half (1/2) of the glove's total weight and the

glove's inner pads must weigh at least one-half (1/2) of the glove's

total weight. It is not permitted to change the shape of the glove's

inner pads or to rub the glove's inner pads in order for spreading

them from the original shape.

3.2  In competitions the boxers must use only the gloves certified by

Board of Boxing Sport in accordance with the regulations and

provided by the boxing stadium manager or the promoter

3.3  The glove sizes for competitions are as follows:

3.3.1 The boxers between the Mini Flyweight division and the

Featherweight division must use the gloves of six (6)

ounces (132 gr)

3.3.2 The boxers between Surer Featherweight division and the

Welterweight division must use the gloves of eight (8)

ounces (227 grams)

3.3.3 The boxers between the Super Welterweight division and over

division must use the gloves of eight (10)ounces (i284 grams).

3.4 The glove laces must be tied with knots behind the wrists Glove

wearing must be inspected and stamped by the authorized glove

inspector who must observe and control glove wearing to insure that

the boxers do it accordingly to rules until the boxers step Into the ring


Rule 4   Hand Bandages

4.1 In competitions, the boxers must wrap their hands with soft hand

bandages not longer than six (6) meters and not wider than five (5)

centimeters for each hand.

4.2 In competitions, the boxers may use plaster or rubber-glue tapes.

but not longer than two and a half (2 1/2 meters and a half

(2 1/2 centimeters wide for each hand to top-up on the wrist or back

of the hand. It is absolutely forbidden to top-up on the 'Knuckles

4.3 In competitions. the boxers must use only the bandages provided

by the boxing stadium manager or the promoter- it is absolutely

prohibited to use otherwise provided hand bandages.

4.4 Hand wrapping must be Inspected and stamped by an official to

certify its rule accordance before the boxers are allowed to put on gloves.


Rule 5   Uniforms

5.1  The boxer's dresses.

5.1.1 Boxers must wear shorts neatly at half-thigh length,  without

shirts and shoes. The red corner boxer may  wear shorts in red,

pink, maroon, or white. The blue corner boxer may wear shorts in blue,

navy blue, or  black.

5.1.2 The boxer must wear a protective cup or a protective  covering

for the genital  organs, made of strong  material capable to protect them

from knee blows  or other kinds of blows. The protective cup is strung and

tied with a fast knot behind the back and neatly covered ends. A boxer

shall not wear long,

5.1.3 A boxer shall not wear long, uncombed hair and  beard.

He may wear a moustache, but not too long to  be over the lips.

5.1.4 The boxer's finger nails and toenails must be closely  and

neatly cut.

5.1.5 Boxers shall wear a sacred headband only when they  pay

homage before the bout. However, during the  bout, the boxers

may wear an inscribed cloth, an  bout,  the boxers may wear an

inscribed cloth, an amulet, or an inscribed charm around the upper

arm or strung around the waist, but neatly wrapped and  covered with

cloth to prevent harms.

5.1.6 Boxers may put on ankle supporters, one for each  ankle, but

not to become the shin supporters, or to roll  half way down.

Wrapping the ankles and legs with  pieces of cloth is not permitted.

5.1.7 Boxers shall not wear belts or dangerous ornaments.

5.1.8 It is not permitted to apply Vaseline, rubbing oil (balm), fat, 

or herbal ointment on the boxer's body or gloves.

5.2  Dressing Violations.

In case the boxer's uniforms are not clean or not in accordance with

Rule 5.1, the referee has authority to order the offended boxer to

correct all faults before the bout. During the bout, if the boxer's

gloves or dresses are improperly displaced, the referee will stop

the action to correct the faults.


Rulele 6   Weight Divisions and Weigh-in

6.1  Divisions and weight limits for competitions.




Weight Limits





Mini Flyweight  

From 100 pounds (45.359kg), but not

over105 pounds (47.627kg)

6 oz.
  6.1.2 Light Flyweight  

Must be over 105 pounds (47.627 kg),

but not over108 pounds (48.988 kg)

6 oz.
  6.1.3 Flyweight  

Must be over 108 pounds (48.988 kg),

 but not over112 pounds (50.802 kg)

6 oz.
  6.1.4 Super Flyweight  

Must be over 112 pounds (50.802 kg),

but not over115 pounds (52.163 kg)

6 oz.
  6.1.5 Bantamweight  

Must be over 115 pounds (52,163 kg),

but not over118 pounds (53.524 kg)

6 oz.
  6.1.6 Super Bantamweight  

Must be over 118 pounds (53.524 kg),

but not over 122 pounds (55.338kg)

6 oz.
  6.1.7 Featherweight  

Must be over 122 pounds (55.338 kg),

but not over 126 pounds (57.153 kg)

6 oz.
  6.1.8 Super Featherweight  

Must be over 126 pounds (57.153 kg),

but not over 130 pounds (58,967 kg)

8 oz.
  6.1.9 Lightweight  

Must be over 130 pounds (58.967 kg),

but not over 135 pounds (61.235 kg)

8 oz.
  6.1.10 Super Lightweight  

Must be over 135 pounds (61,235 kg),

but not over 140 pounds (63.503kg)

8 oz.
  6.1.11 Welterweight  

Must be over 140 pounds (63.503 kg),

but not over 147 pounds (66.678 kg)

8 oz.
  6.1.12 Super Welterweight  

Must be over 147 pounds (66.678 kg),

but not over 154 pounds (69.85 kg)

10 oz.
  6.1.13 Middleweight  

Must be over 154 pounds( 69.853 kg),

but not over 160 pounds (72.575 kg)

10 oz.
  6.1.14 Super Middleweight  

Must be over 160 pounds (72.575 kg),

but not over 168 pounds (76.203 kg)

10 oz.
  6.1.15 Light Heavyweight  

Must be over 168 pounds (76.203 kg),

but not over 175 pounds (79.379 kg)

10 oz.
  6.1.16 Cruiserweight  

Must be over 175 pounds (79.379 kg),

but not over 190 pounds (86.182 kg)

10 oz.
  6.1.17 Heavyweight  

Must be over 190 pounds (86.182 kg),

but not over 210 pounds ((95,294 kg)

10 oz.
  6.1.18 Super Heavyweight  

Must be over 210 pounds (95,294 kg)

and up.

10 oz.


6.2 Weigh-in.

6.2.1 The boxers must weigh-in without clothes on the  contest da

 between 08:00-10:00 o'clock. The boxing contest day between

 08:00-10:00 o'clock. The boxing stadium manager may change the above

 time table if  reasonable.

6.2.2 Before weigh-in, the boxers must have their physical

examination checked  by the doctor to certify that they are physically fit and

healthy that they are physically fit and healthy.

6.2.3 The boxer's boxing camp chief, the manager, or his


may witness the weigh-in.

6.3  Weight Regulations.

6.3.1 A boxer must weigh at least 100 pounds and over.

6.3.2 The matched boxers for general competitions or for


must  compete within five (5) pounds different weights.

6.3.3 The boxers must have at least three (3) hours to rest after the

weigh-in to be able to compete.


Rule 7   Paying Homage and Rounds

7.1 Paying Homage: Before the bout every boxer must pay homage in

accordance with arts and custom, accompanying by musical

instruments of a Javanese oboe, a Javanese tom-tom (drum), and a pair of

small cup-shaped cymbals for rhythms. The bout will start pair of small

cup-shaped cymbals for rhythms. The bout will start after paying homage.

7.2 Rounds for competitions: A bout consists of five (5) rounds of three

(3) minutes each with two (2) minutes resting interval of rounds. The

time stopped for the bout interruptions in warning, cautioning, correcting

the boxer's dresses, or other causes, is excluded from the fighting time

of that round.


Rule 8   The Boxers Qualifications and Prohibitions

8.1 The minimum full age is 15 years old.

8.2 The minimum weight is 100 pounds.

8.3 Having no forbidden sickness as specified in the doctor's handbook.


Rule 9   Seconds

In general competitions, a boxer may have two (2) seconds. The referee

must be informed about the chief second and his assistant before the bout. However,

for the championship bout, a boxer may have three (3) seconds, but only two (2) seconds

are allowed into the ring during a round interval.

The Second's Duties:

9.1 The seconds shall not give any advice or encourage their boxers

during the bout. If they violate the rule, the referee will warn, caution,

or discharge them from their duties.

9.2 During the bout, the seconds must stay on their seats. Before each round,

9.3 During a round interval, the seconds must check the boxer's  dresses in

readiness for the bout. If there is any problem, the  second must notify t

he referee immediately to solve it.

9.4 When applying water for boxers, the seconds shall not wet the ring  floor.

They must also towel the boxers.

9.5 The seconds shall not use rude words and they shall not hurt the  boxers

during the bout or after.

9.6 The seconds must wear uniform shirts or their boxing camp symbols

which are nice in nature.

9.7 The seconds may arrange their own materials, equipment, and

medical supplies at their corners as follows:

9.7.1 Water

9.7.2 Ice

9.7.3 Towels

9.7.4 Adrenaline of 1/1000 solution or other substances as

                                  approved by ring doctor.

9.7.5 Gauze

9.7.6 Cotton buds

9.7.7 A pair of safety scissors

9.7.8 Wound bandages

9.7.9 Absorbent cotton bandages or wound soft bandages.

9.8 The boxer's chief second may give up for his boxer by stepping into  the

ring. He is not allowed to throw a sponge or a towel into the ring.


Rule 10   Referees

The referees must wear blue or black trousers, blue or soft color shirts or

pullovers with Board of Boxing Sport's emblem or own stadium's emblems on the  left

chest pocket high and light boots. They shall not wear eyeglasses or metal  ornaments.

Their fingernails must be closely and neatly cut.

10.1    The Referee's duties:

10.1.1  The referee's priority of duties is to safeguard and

 protect the weaker boxer from undue injuries.

10.1.2  The referee must always uphold rules and justice.

10.1.3  The referee must closely control the bout at all times.

10.1.4   The referee must inspect the boxer's gloves, dresses,

 and gum shields.

10.1.5   The referee must use three commands as follows;

  (YUD): To order the boxers to stop. "Min" (YAK): To 

  order the boxers to separate from each other. After

  the  command, both boxers must step back at least

  one step before engaging the fight again. 'In" (CHOK):

  To order the boxers to fight.

10.1.6   The referee shall show a correct signal to tell the

  offended boxer's fault.

10.1.7   When the referee disqualifies a boxer because of a

  serious rule violation or he stops the bout, he must 

  notify the Chairman of the ring officials for his

  reasons after the announcement to spectators.

10.1.8   The referee shall not allow a boxer who intentionally

  violates rules to gain advantage, e.g., grabbing ropes

  to kick or knee his opponent, etc.

10.1.9   The referee shall not engage in any action which may

  jeopardize the boxers who may gain or

  lose advantages,  e.g. a fast- slow counting,

 warning or not warning, etc.

10.1.10 When the bout is over, the referee must collect the

  score cards from the three judges. The referee will

  point to the winner's corner according to majority

  decision. He, then, will raise the winner's hand. After

  that he will hand all score cards to Chairman of the

  ring officials for inspection.

10.1.11 The referee shall neither criticize nor give an interview

 about the future fight results or the past fight results

 unless he gets permission from Chairman of the ring officials.

10.2 The Referee's Power:

The referee has power:

10.2.1   To stop the contest when seeing that one boxer out­

classes the other or he out-points one-sidedly.

10.2.2   To stop the contest when seeing that the boxer is to seriously

injured to continue the bout. He may consul the ring doctor and the

referee must follow the doctor's suggestion after their consultation.

10.2.3   To stop the contest when seeing that the boxers intentionally

hold the fight. In this case, either boxer or both may be disqualified.

10.2.4   To stop counting when seeing that if he continues the

count, the boxer may be in danger.

10.2.5   To stop the count when the opponent does not go to the

furthest neutral corner or he comes out from the neutral corner before

the count is finished.

10.2.6   To stop the action to warn or caution the boxer who violates

rules or for other reasons in order to restore justice or to enforce rules.

10.2.7   To disqualify the boxer who ignores the referee's commands

or who harms the referee or who aggressively offends the referee.

10.2.8   To discharge from duty the second who disobeys rules. The

referee may disqualify the boxer whose second disobeys the referee's orders.

10.2.9   For the boxer who severely violates rules, the referee has

power to disqualify him or he may declare the  bout of " no decision" after

warning or cautioning, or even without any previous warning or cautioning.

10.2.10 To caution the boxer who violates the rules, the referee must

stop the action before he clearly cautions the offended boxer in order that

the boxer understands the cause and objective of the caution. The referee

must show a hand signal, pointing to the boxer to inform all judges that

there is a caution. The referee must disqualify the boxer who has been

given three cautions or declare "no decision." If it is a serious offense,

the referee may disqualify him even though there is no previous caution.

10.2.11 Warning: The referee may warn a boxer. Warning is a

procedure to inform the boxer that he must be careful. It may prevent

the boxer from making a mistake which is against the rules.

10.2.12 Counting procedure for boxers outside the stage:  When a boxer has been attacked by his

opponent's legal referee must order his opponent to go to

the furthest neutral corner. If the boxer out side the stage is too

slow to get into the stage, the referee shall count immediately.  For the boxer falling outside the ring, the referee

shall count to YISIP or twenty (20). When a boxer or both falls off

outside the ring, the referee shall count to (20)

If the boxer manages to get into the ring before

the count of twenty, the bout will continue and the

boxer  loses no point. When a boxer falls off outside the

ring, the referee shall stop counting if the  boxer is

obstructed or delayed to go up into the ring by any

person. The referee shall clearly warn  the offender

and continues the count. If the offender disobeys, t

he referee shall stop the bout and informs the Chairman of 

the ring officials. When both boxers fall of outside

the ring the referee shall count. If either boxer tries to

delay the action, the referee shall stop counting and

clearly warns the offender. After that, the referee will

continue the count. If  the offender disobeys, the referee

shall disqualify that boxer to lose the fight or of "no decision".

10 2 12.2.4 If both boxers fall off outside the

ring, the referee shall count. When a boxer is able to get

back into the ring before the count of twenty, the referee

shall declare that boxer the winner However, if both boxers

cannot get back into the ring before the count of twenty,

the referee shall declare a draw.

10.2.13 To interpret rules on implementing them by fact or to decide or

to act upon any situations not provided in the ruts.


Rule 11   Judges

Judges must dress as same as the referees. They may wear eyeglasses

when performing their duties, The judge's duties are as follows:

11.1  Each judge must sit on each side of the ring with a distance from

spectators. During the bout, the judges shall not speak with the

boxers or other people. If necessary, they may speak with the

referee during the resting interval of rounds to inform the referee that

there have been some incidents, e.g. the second's misconduct and

loose ropes, etc.

11.2  Judges shall decide to score independently and accordingly to the

rules. They must record scores in the score cards immediately after

each round. They must add up the scores of both boxers for each

round. They must identify the winner and sign the score cards

before handing them to the referee.

11.3  Judges shall not leave their seats until the referee declares the contest


11.4  Judges shall neither criticize nor give an interview about the future fight

results or the past fight results unless they get permission from

the Chairman of the ring officials.


Rule 12   Chairman of the Ring Officials

12.1  Chairman of the ring officials has duties as follows

12.1.1   To assign referees and judges for duties in the

competition program.

12.1.2   To control the performance of referees and judges as

rule provisions.

12.1.3   To examine performance of referees and judges. If

any referee or judge performs his duty incorrectly or

ineffectively, Chairman of the ring officials shall report

his examination to the boxing stadium manager.

12.1.4   To solve competition problems and he shall report the

incidents to the boxing stadium manager.

12.1.5   To give advice to the referee and judges on any

decision-making matters.

12.1.6   To check all score cards for the correction of score

summation, boxer's names, identification of the winner

and the judge's signatures in the score cards. After his inspection,

he notifies the ring announcer about the fight result to announce

it for spectators.

12.1.7   To notify the boxing stadium manager that he  shall report

Board of Boxing Sport for punishment considerations

in case the boxer intentionally and severely violates the rules which

is contradictory with ethics and sportsmanship.

12.1.8   In case there is an unusual incident from which the referee

and judges are unable to work, Chairman of the ring officials

shall act immediately, by all means, to continue the contest.

12.2  Chairman of the ring officials has the following power:

Chairman of the ring officials may overrule the referee and judges by

reversing the decision of the referee and judges only for the following cases:

12.2.1   When the referee's performance and decision are

contradictory with rules.

12.2.2   When the judges have incorrectly added up scores

resulting in a different decision from factual evidence.


Rule 13   Timekeeper and Announcer

The timekeeper and the announcer must sit beside the ring at designated

seats. Their duties are as follows:

13.1 The timekeeper's duties: To keep the number of rounds and fighting

time for each round, resting interval time between rounds,

and time of time outs.

13.1.1   To signal for the beginning and the ending of round by

striking the bell.

13.1.2   To signal for five (5) seconds before beginning each

round to clear the stage.

13.1.3   To deduct the time of interruptions or the time stopped

by the referee's order.

13.1.4   To keep correct time at all times by a stopwatch or clock.

13.1.5   The timekeeper shall not give the bell signal while the

referee is counting even though the fighting time of

that round expires. The timekeeper will strike the bell

when the referee orders -in".

13.2 The announcer's duties are as

13.2.1  To announce names, boxing camps, corners and

weights of both boxers for spectators when the boxers

show up in the ring

13.2.2  To announce that the seconds have to leave the ring

when they hear the warning signal from the timekeeper

13.2.3  To announce the beginning and ending of each

contesting round.

13.2.4  To announce the scores of both boxers and identify

the winner following the decision.


Rule 14   Decisions

14.1 Winning by Points

When the bout ends, the boxer who gets the judge's majority

Decision wins the contest.

14.2 Winning by Knockout (KO)

If the boxer is knocked down as a "fall" and he cannot continue the

fight for ten (10i seconds, his opponent will win by knockout.

14.3 Winning by Technical Knockout (TKO)

A boxer wins the contest by technical knockout on conditions as


14.3.1   When a boxer outclasses his opponent very clearly or

he one-sidedly out-points his opponent in such

Conditions that his opponent may be seriously injured.

14.3.2   When his opponent cannot continue the contest

immediately after the resting interval of a round.

14.3.3   When his opponent is so seriously injured that he

cannot continue the contest.

14.3 4   When his opponent has been counted for more than

two (2) times (= 3 times) in one round or more than

four (4) times (= 5 times) all through the span of

contest since the first round.

14 3.5   When his opponent has fallen out off the ring and he

cannot get back into the ring after the referee has

counted  (YISIP) or twenty (20).

14.3.6   When his opponent willfully withdraws from the contest

because of injury or other causes.

14.4 Winning by Disqualification of Opponent.

A boxer wins the contest because his opponent severely violates

the rules for which the referee disqualifies him whether or not there

 has been any warning or cautioning beforehand.

14.5 Winning by Walkover.

In case a boxer does not pass the ring doctor's physical

examination, or he does not make the division weight-in, or he does

not show up to compete as scheduled, his opponent will win by walkover.

14.6 A Draw Decision.

 A contest will be decided as a draw on the following conditions:

14.6.1   The majority decision is even as a draw.

14.6.2   When both boxers are knocked down as a fall and

they have been counted out of  (SIP) or ten (10).

14.6.3   When both boxers have fallen out off the ring and they

have been counted out of  or twenty (20).

14.6.4   When both boxers are so seriously injured that they

cannot continue.

14.7 No Decision.

When the referee considers that either boxer or both "fight

dishonorably," he declares that "There is no decision for this bout as

the red corner/ blue corner/ or both boxers fight dishonorably."

14.8 Decision of No Contest.

In case the boxers intentionally hold the fight and they have

been warned and cautioned by the referee, but they still keep on

holding the fight, the referee shall stop the contest and he shall

declare "No contest for this bout."

14.9 Cancellation of Contest.

In case of the ring damage, a riot from spectators, or an

unexpected situation causing it impossible to continue the contest,

the referee shall cancel the contest and declares "Cancellation of



Rule 15   Scoring Procedure

It must be done as the following criteria:

15.1 When the boxer uses his fists, feet, knees, and elbows as Muay Thai

fighting weapons to attack his opponent powerfully, accurately,

unprotected, and accordingly to the rules.

15.1.1 Scoring Procedure The boxer with more attacks on his opponent

by Muay Thai fighting weapons wins the round  The boxer with more heavy , powerful and clear

attacks on his opponent by Muay Thai fighting

weapons wins the round.

15.1 1 3  The boxer who can do more damage

to his opponent by Muay Thai fighting weapons

wins the round.  The boxer who shows more offensive

and aggressive attacks wins the round.  The boxer who shows better offensive

skills, defensive skills, elusive skills, or counterattacking

skills by Muay Thai arts and techniques wins the round.  The boxer who violates the rules less wins the round.

15.1.2 The scoreless criteria are as follows:  The boxer violates any rule when using his Muay Thai

fighting weapons.  Those Muay Thai fighting weapons attack the opponent's

arm(s) or leg(s) as his self defense techniques.  The attack is light, without power from body weight behind it.  The boxer kicks his opponent on target, but his kicking leg is

caught by his opponent to throw him down on the

ring floor; the kicker scores a point. However, if the kicker with

his kicking leg caught by opponent pretends to fall down on

the ring floor, he is considered guilty of violating the rules.

In this case, no boxer scores a point.  Throwing the opponent down on the

ring floor without using any Muaythai fighting weapons.

15.2 Scoring systems for the contest:

15.2.1  Full ten (10) point are given to the winner of  the round

and his opponent may be given 9 - 8 - 7 points in proportion.

However, the point is not given in fraction (10:9-8-7).

15.2.2  For an even round, both boxers score full ten (10) points (10 : 10).

15.2.3  The winner scores ten (10) points and the loser scores nine (9)

points (10 : 9).

15.2.4  The clear winner of a round scores ten (10) points and the loser

scores eight (8) points (10 : 8).

15.2.5   The winner of a round with his opponent having been

counted once in that round scores ten (10) points and

the loser scores eight (8) points (10 : 8).

15.2.6  The clear winner of a round with his opponent having

been counted once in that round scores ten (10)

points and the loser scores seven (7) points (10 : 7).

15.2.7  The winner of a round with his opponent having been

counted twice in that round scores ten (10) points and

the loser scores seven (7) points (10 : 7).

15.2.8  The boxer who has been cautioned must not get full

ten points in that round. The referee's caution can cost

one (1) point each.


Rule 16   Violation of Rules

The boxer who intentionally behaves in the following manners

is Considered violating the rules.

16.1   Biting, eye poking spitting on the opponent, sticking out tongue to

make faces head butting or striking

16.2   Throwing, breaking opponent's arms, using Judo

and wrestling techniques

16 3   Falling over or going up opponent.

16.4   Rope grabbing to fight or for

16.5   Using provocative manners and words during

16.6   Disobeying the referee's orders.

16.7   Knee striking at the opponent's protective cup, e.g. neck holding for

knee striking at the protective cup straight knee striking at the

Protective cup or jumping knee striking at the protective cup. For

these violations, the referee has the right to allow a resting time-out

not more than five (5) minutes for the boxer whose protective cup is

struck by knee. If the knee-struck boxer refuses to continue, the

referee shall declare him '' as the loser or 'no decision

16.8   Catching the opponent's leg and pushing forwards more than two

(2) steps without using any weapons. The referee shall order him to

stop and gives him a warning. After two warnings, the referee shall

caution him.

16.9   After kicking with his kicking leg being caught, the boxer pretends

to throw himself down on ring floor. It is considered taking

advantage over his opponent. The referee shall a g .e him a warning.

If the boxer repeats the action and the referee has given him two

warnings, the referee shall caution him.

16.10 When both boxers fall out off the ring and either boxer tries to delay

the action.

16.11 Using forbidden substances as specified by Board of Boxing Sport.

16.12 Violating one of the rules.


Rule 17   Knockdown or Fall

17.1 A "knockdown (fall)" means a situation when a boxer is attacked by

his opponent's fist, foot, knee, or elbow and it knocks him down as

the following criteria:

17.1.1   Any part of his body, except feet, touches the ring floor.

17.1.2   He stands helplessly over the ring ropes, or he leans

on the ring ropes, or he sits on the ring ropes.

17.1.3   Any part of his body or his whole body is out-off the stage.

17.1.4   After serious blows, he manages to withstand them

without a fall, but in condition that he cannot defend himself.

17.2  Procedure for a knockdown:

17.2.1   In case a boxer is attacked and he is knocked down,

the referee shall count and at the same time he orders

the opponent to go to the furthest neutral corner

immediately. If the opponent disobeys his order, the

referee must stop counting until that boxer goes to the

furthest neutral corner. By then, he will continue to

count the number next to the last counted one. When

the knocked down boxer stands up and ready to

continue, the referee then orders

17.2.2   In case the knocked down boxer manages to stand up

before he referee counts out of  (SIP) or ten (10)

and ready to continue, but his count is not yet

(PAD) or eight (8), the referee must continue counting

until  (8) before he orders  to continue the bout.

17.2.3   If the knocked down boxer is ready to continue before

the count of  or ten (10), but he falls down again

without any additional attacks, the referee shall

continue to count the number next to the last counted one.

17.2.4  In case the referee has counted out of  or ten

(10), it shall be considered that the contest is over and

the referee shall declare that the knocked down boxer

loses the bout by "knockout."

17.2.5  In case both boxers fall down simultaneously,

the referee shall keep on counting as long as there is still

one boxer down on the ring floor. If both boxer

cannot manage to stand up until they are counted out

or ten ( 10) referee shall declare a "draw."

In case  both down boxers have their arms or legs

tangled or one boxers is on top of the other, but trying

to stand up, the referee must stop the count and

separate them. After that he continues his count if

there is still one boxer down on the ring floor.

17.2.6   In case of a knockdown, the referee must wait for one

(1) second to pass by before he begins counting

loudly from one to ten with one-second interval. Along

with his counting action, the referee must show a hand

signal for each second in order for that boxer to

recognize the count.

17.2.7   In case there is one boxer not ready to continue the

bout immediately after the resting interval between

rounds, the referee must count unless due to improper

dressing or the ring floor and stage not in good

condition for the contest.


Rule 18   Handshakes

The boxers shall shake hands before beginning of the first round contest

and before beginning of the final round contest symbolizing that they will compete

in the spirit of sportsmanship and accordance with rules.


Rule 19   Ring Doktor

The ring doctor's duties: The ring doctor must be present at a designated

seat through out the competition until the last bout ends. The following are also the

ring doctor's duties:

19.1 To check the boxer's physical examination before the weigh-in to

certify that the boxers are physically fit and healthy, without any

prohibited disease or sickness as specified in the doctor's

handbook by Board of Boxing Sport.

19.2 To give advice and suggestion to the referee on request.

19.3 To assist an unconscious boxer caused by fighting. Only the ring

doctor is permitted to enter the ring. Other individuals may enter the

ring if the ring doctor needs special help.

19.4 To lend medical assistance for a knocked-out or technical knocked­

out boxer by thoroughly checking and immediate treatment.

19.5 To check and diagnose the boxers after their bouts to notify them

their recovery periods before the next bout as the following regulations:

19.5.1  After a five-round bout, the boxers must rest before

the next bout at least twenty-one (21) days.

19.5.2 The winner in one round must rest at least seven (7)days.

19.5.3 The winner in three rounds must rest at least fourteen (14) days.

19.5.4 The loser by knockout or technical knockout must rest

at least thirty (30) days. In case losing by knockout or

technical knockout because of two (2) consecutive head

blows, the boxer must rest at least ninety (90) days and he

must be certified by the doctor to be able to compete.


Rule 20   Drugs or Prohibited Substances

20.1  It is prohibited to let the boxer use any drugs or chemical

substances which are not the boxer's usual consuming food.

20.2  It is possible to use substance for local anesthesia, but only by the

ring doctor's approval.

20.3  The prohibited substances for boxers are categorized in

accordance with Board of Boxing Sport regulations.

20.4  The boxer who uses a prohibited substance or the person who

gives the boxer a prohibited substance to take or use must be

penalized by laws.

20.5  A boxer or an official who violates regulations of drugs or prohibited

substances must be penalized and prohibited from any bout or

participation in any boxing activities.

20.6  Any boxer who refuses to have medical check up after the bout

violates this rule. That boxer will be prohibited from any bout.

Besides, the official who encourages the boxer to commit that guilt

will be prohibited from any boxing competitions, as well.


Rule 21   Interpretation

In case there are any problems in competitions or because of the

competitions, not provided by rules, the referee or the Chairman of

the ring officials shall decide as final.



Rules and Regulations for Women´s Muay Thai Competitions

Rules and regulations for women's Muay Thai competitions follow those for

Muay Thai competitions by adaptation with some supplements as follows:

Rule 1   Ring Equipment for Competition

1.1   Breast (chest) protectors

1.2   Abdomen (hypogastrium) and genital organ protectors.

Rule 2   Dresses

2.1   The boxers wear shorts neatly at half knee length and sleeveless or

short-sleeved shirts, but without shoes. The red corner boxer wears

either shorts or shirt in red, pink, maroon, or white. The blue corner

boxer wears either shorts or shirt in blue, navy blue, or black.

2.2   The boxer must neatly tie her hair without tangling ends to interfere

the contest. Hair accessories may be rubber, an elastic cloth band

of a suitable size, but without metal or hard plastic parts.

2.3   The boxer must wear a breast protector, an abdomen protector, and

a genital organ protector. The boxer may use her personal

protectors or those provided by the boxing stadium manager or

promoter. However, these protectors must be approved by Board of

Boxing Sport.

Rule 3   Weigh-in

3.1   The boxer must weigh-in wearing clothes of no altering effects upon

the boxer's weight.

3.2   The weigh-in officials must be female and the boxing stadium which

organizes the competition shall arrange a completely covered room

or a completely curtained area for the weigh-in.

Rule 4   Rounds

The bout consists of five (5) rounds of two (2) minutes each with a resting

Interval of two (2) minutes between rounds. The time stopped for bout interruptions,

warning, cautioning, correcting the boxer's dresses, or for other causes is excluded

from two minutes boxing time.

Rule 5   The boxers must have following qualifications and they must not

have following forbidden characteristics:

Female boxers must be feminine gender by birth only.

Rule 6   Referees and Judges

For women's Muay Thai and judges must be

female. However, for exception of special cases the referee and judges may be  male.