Thaiboxing Rules 11. The Referee

A. Duty.

  • The prime duty of the referee is to ensure the safety of the boxers to the maximum degree.

B. The Referee’s Responsibilities.

  • The referee’s uniform will consist of blue trousers and shirt, bearing the logo of the World Thaiboxing Federation and flat canvas shoes. No glasses or jewelery are allowed.
  • The referee shall ensure the following:
  • Fairness in the application of the rules and regulations to all parties.
  • No impoliteness in manner or speech either to the boxers or the audience.
  • Close supervision of the match.
  • Protection of a weaker fighter against serious injury.
  • Inspection of the boxing gloves and anklets.
  • Ensure both boxers shake hands prior to the first and final rounds.
  • For a championship or title defence fight, the referee must inform the boxers and their seconds of the rules and regulations governing the fight and this is to be done in the dressing room, prior to the fight itself.
  • Three verbal orders are recognized :
    1. “STOP” when ordering the boxers to stop fighting.
    2. “BREAK” when ordering the boxers to separate.
    3. “FIGHT” when ordering the boxers to continue the match.
  • When the boxers are ordered to “BREAK”, both must step back one step before continuing to fight.
  • The referee shall use the correct signal to ensure a boxer’s understanding of any rule infringement.
  • At the match end, he will collect the score sheets from each of the three judges and indicate the winner to the audience, by raising that boxer’s hand. The scoresheets will then be handed to the chairman for verification.
  • For a championship match, the referee will collect the scoresheets from the judges at the end of each round, inspect and submit them to the chairman in addition to raising the winner’s hand after the result announcement.
  • Should it be necessary to stop the match or penalize a boxer, he will immediately advise the reason to the committee chairman after making the announcement.
  • In case of an accident to the referee which prevents him from continuing, the senior judge will act on his behalf.
  • The referee is forbidden to give a verbal count or warning that gives either an unfair advantage or disadvantage to any fighter.
  • He is forbidden to comment or speculate on any match unless receiving prior approval from the committee chairman.
  • All referees are subjected to a yearly medical inspection and certification by the doctor of the Council and must be physically fit at the start of any match.

C. Referee’s Duties.

  • To stop the match immediately if he considers that one boxer is significantly more skilled or stronger than the other.
  • To stop the match immediately when a boxer is in difficulties or is injured.
  • To stop the match immediately if he considers that one or both fighters are faking or not trying their best.
  • To stop the match or warn the boxer for committing a foul or breaking the rules.
  • To immediately disqualify a boxer who defiantly breaks the rules, injures or shows any aggression to the referee.
  • To disqualify both the boxer and his seconds if his seconds deliberately break the rules or do not follow his directions.
  • To disqualify any boxer who intentionally or accidentally causes a foul.
  • To stop the match if he considers that a boxer having received a count, is unable to effectively continue the match.
  • To disallow any advantage to a boxer who intentionally fouls in any way.

D. Rule Infringement Warnings

  • Prior to giving a warning for rule infringement, the referee shall stop the fight, use the correct warning signal to ensure thc boxer’s understanding and then indicate the offending boxer to the judges. Any boxer, who is so indicated or warned 3 times or more, may be disqualified. In the event of a serious rule infringement, the referee’s decision is final.

E. The Purpose of A Warning

  • The purpose of warning is to advise or warn any boxer not to break the rules during the fight.

F. Count Procedure For A Boxer Falling Out of The Ring

  • If a boxer falls through the ring ropes, the referee shall order his opponent to stand in the other corner and if the boxer remains outside the ropes, the referee
  • shall start to count. (A count to 10).
  • If a boxer falls out of the ring, the referee shall count to 20 (20 seconds).
  • When a fall-out takes place, the referee will start counting, however if the boxer returns to the ring before the count ends, he will not be penalized.
  • If anyone prevents the fallen boxer from returning to the ring, the referee shall warn such person or stop the fight if he continues his action.
  • If both boxers fall out of the ring, the referee shall start counting. If one boxer tries to prevent his opponent from returning to the ring before the count ends, he will be warned or disqualified.
  • If both boxers fall out of the ring, the referee shall start counting, the one that returns to the ring before the count ends, will be considered the winner. If neither boxer can, the result will be considered a draw.