London Prize Ring Rules – 1838

London Prize Ring Rules – 1838

 The 29 London Prize Ring Rules generally set out Broughton’s Rules at greater length and in greater detail, specifying fouls more specifically. The main changes were:

 

  1. The ‘square of a yard’ in Broughton’s Rule 1 was replaced by the old ‘scratch’ line.
  2. After the 30 seconds between rounds, and the umpire’s call of  ‘Time’, each man was required to walk to the scratch unaided and was allowed eight seconds to do so. This prevented the second from carrying boxers to the scratch who were, in reality, unfit to continue.
  3. There was more attention paid to the boxers’ dress, in particular limiting spikes on boots.
  4. A man willfully going down without a blow was deemed to have lost the battle.
  5. Fouls, such as butting, gouging, biting, scratching, kicking, the use of stones, etc. in the hand, squeezing on the ropes, were set out fully.
  6. Provisions were made regarding wagers in the event of postponements, cancellations, interference by the law or darkness, boxers quitting the ring and other unforeseen circumstances.1

 

  1. Arnold, Peter, History of Boxing. Secaucus, NJ: Chartwell Books, Inc.