Laws, Rules and Regulations

  • Ancient Olympics
  • Broughton’s Rules (Aug. 16, 1743)
  • The Pelican Club (England 1814)
  • The Fair Play Club (England 1828)
  • London Prize Ring Rules, as revised by the British Pugilistic Association (1838)
  • London Prize Ring Rules, as revised by the British Pugilistic Association (1853)
  • Marquis of Queensberry Rules Governing Contests for Endurance (1865)
  • Amateur Athletic Association (1880, England)
  • Olympic Club of New Orleans (1883)
  • American Fair-Play Rules to Govern Glove Contests (1888, proposed)
  • Amateur athletic Union (AAU) Local, State, National Championships (1888, U.S.)
  • New Orleans City Ord. permits glove fights sponsored by athletic Clubs (1890)
  • National Sporting Club formed (1891, London)
  • The Horton Law (NY 1896-1900)
  • Colorado (1899) — state statute legalizes boxing
  • French Federation of Boxing Clubs (1903)
  • Modern Olympic Games add boxing (1904)
  • National Sporting Club establishes weight classes & awards Lonsdale Belts (1909)
  • Anti-Prize Fight Film Law (U.S. Federal Law 1912-1940)
  • The Frawley Law (NY Aug. 29, 1911 to Nov 15, 1917)
  • International Boxing Union (IBU, formed 1913)
  • American Boxing Association (1914-1915).
  • California Law (1914 – 1924) (limits matches to 4 rounds)
  • New Jersey — Hurley Law permits 8 rounders (1918), 12-round, ND bouts permitted starting April 1920
  • The People v. Packey O’Gatty (Feb. 1918)
  • The Walker Law (NY 1920)
  • National Boxing Association formed (1921)
  • Pennsylvania (1923) — creates Commission modeled after Walker Law; the law permits ten round bouts to a decision, to be made by two judges and a referee if they disagree.
  • Chicago News Golden Gloves (1923): Arch Ward coined the term
  • California permits 10-round fights (1925)
  • Illinois legalizes boxing (June 1926)
  • NY Daily News Golden Gloves (1927)
  • Colorado forms boxing commission, (Apr. 1927, abolished 1977, re-established 1999)
  • British Board of Boxing Control (1929)
  • Washington legalizes 10-rounders (6 rds were previous max.) (Apr. 1933)
  • Texas legalizes boxing (Sep. 1933)
  • Federation Pugilistic Italiana (Rome April 1938)
  • European Boxing Union (EBU) replaces IBU (1946)
  • International Boxing Club formed by Joe Louis with Jim Norris & Arthur Wirtz (1949)
  • Cuba — Professional boxing outlawed (Jan 4, 1962)
  • NBA changes name to World Boxing Association (1962)
  • World Boxing Council formed (1963)
  • CT bans boxing (1965, repealed 1972)
  • NABF formed: CA, NV, MO, AZ, IL, Mex (1969)
  • International Boxing Federation formed (1983)
  • Professional Boxing Safety Act of 1995 Senate Bill
  • International Boxing Union formed (1996)
  • Professional Boxing Safety Act of 1996 (1997)
  • U.S. Government takes control of IBF (Dec. 1999)
  • Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act (2000)
  • National Boxing Commission Act of 2001 (senate bill)

Source: Cyber Boxing Zone