PRIOR PRINTER'S NOS. 701, 879                 PRINTER'S NO. 984



No. 632 Session of 1983

           APRIL 13, 1983


                                     AN ACT

     1  Amending the act of August 31, 1955 (P.L.531, No.131), entitled
     2     "An act permitting and regulating wrestling and boxing
     3     contests and exhibitions; requiring licenses and permits;
     4     conferring powers and imposing duties upon the State Athletic
     5     Commission; providing for the granting, suspension, and
     6     revocation of licenses and permits issued by the Commission;
     7     preserving the rights of existing licensees and permittees;
     8     prescribing penalties, fines, forfeitures and misdemeanors;
     9     requiring bonds and insurance; creating a Medical Advisory
    10     Board; providing for rules and regulations; and making
    11     appropriations," regulating kick boxing; further regulating
    12     amateur boxing; establishing a State boxing register;
    13     providing for medical training seminars; requiring certain
    14     emergency medical equipment to be at situs of certain events;
    15     further providing for suspension; further defining referee's
    16     role in boxing contest; prohibiting tough guy contests or
    17     battle of the brawlers contests; and providing a penalty.

    18     The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    19  hereby enacts as follows:
    20     Section 1.  Section 202 of the act of August 31, 1955
    21  (P.L.531, No.131), known as the Pennsylvania Athletic Code,
    22  amended June 18, 1976 (P.L.393, No.85), is amended to read:
    23     Section 202.  Boxing and Wrestling Regulated.--Amateur or
    24  professional boxing or wrestling contests or exhibitions
    25  including kick boxing shall be held within the Commonwealth of

     1  Pennsylvania only in accordance with the provisions of this act
     2  and the rules and regulations promulgated hereunder. Such
     3  contests or exhibitions may be held on Sundays.
     4     Section 2.  Section 204 of the act, amended May 24, 1956
     5  (1955 P.L.1693, No.574), is amended to read:
     6     Section 204.  Physician to be in Attendance.--A physician
     7  shall be assigned to every boxing or wrestling contest or
     8  exhibition by the Commission. He shall observe and continue to
     9  observe the physical condition of the participants and [advise
    10  the member of the Commission or deputy in charge and the referee
    11  in regard thereto.] be authorized to stop any contest or
    12  exhibition at any time to examine a contestant and to terminate
    13  a bout when in his judgment severe injury could result to a
    14  contestant if the contest or exhibition were to continue. The
    15  Commission shall establish by rule or regulation a schedule of
    16  fees to be paid such physicians for their services. The
    17  physician's fee shall be paid by the promoter of the contest or
    18  exhibition attended by the physician.
    19     Section 3.  The act is amended by adding sections to read:
    20     Section 204.1.  Medical Training Seminars.--The Commission
    21  shall conduct frequent mandatory medical training seminars, at
    22  least three (3) per year for all ring personnel, Commission
    23  personnel and for other persons employed by the Commission and
    24  designated to attend.
    25     Section 204.2.  Register.--The Commission shall establish and
    26  maintain a register for all professional boxers licensed in
    27  Pennsylvania. The register shall include a photograph of the
    28  boxer. In the register, the Commission shall record the results
    29  of each boxing contest or exhibition the boxer is involved in,
    30  including technical knockouts, knockouts and other boxing
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     1  related injuries, as well as the dates of each contest or
     2  exhibition and the record of wins and losses.
     3     Section 204.3.  Medical Equipment.--No professional or
     4  amateur boxing event shall be started unless there is on the
     5  premises:
     6     (1)  an ambulance, together with emergency equipment; and
     7     (2)  a portable resuscitator with oxygen and appropriate
     8  endotracheal tubes, and a qualified operator.
     9     Section 204.4.  Suspension.--For sound medical reasons and to
    10  protect the individual boxers, the Commission shall establish
    11  mandatory license suspensions of those persons who sustain
    12  certain injuries. The Commission may suspend a boxer's license
    13  for up to sixty (60) days for a laceration of the face, up to
    14  thirty (30) days for a technical knockout with minor injuries
    15  and up to forty-five (45) days for head injuries. Boxers
    16  receiving a knockout may receive up to a ninety (90) day
    17  suspension and shall receive an EEG within twenty-four (24)
    18  hours of the knockout.
    19     Section 4.  Sections 208 and 210 of the act, amended May 24,
    20  1956 (1955 P.L.1693, No.574), are amended to read:
    21     Section 208.  Gloves.--When the boxers are [lightweights, as   <--
    22  defined in the regulations, or in a lighter class,] ONE HUNDRED   <--
    23  THIRTY-FIVE (135) POUNDS OR UNDER, they shall wear boxing gloves
    24  weighing not less than five (5) ounces each. WHEN THE BOXERS ARE  <--
    27  WEIGHING NOT LESS THAN SIX (6) OUNCES EACH. When the boxers are
    28  [in a heavier class than lightweights,] over one hundred sixty-   <--
    29  five (165) ONE HUNDRED SIXTY (160) pounds, they shall wear        <--
    30  boxing gloves weighing not less than [six (6)] ten (10) ounces
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     1  each.
     2     Section 210.  Attendance of Referee and Judges; Scoring.--At
     3  each professional boxing contest or exhibition, except an
     4  exhibition held solely for training purposes, there shall be in
     5  attendance, at the expense of the promoter, a duly licensed
     6  referee designated by the Commission who shall direct and
     7  control the contest or exhibition.
     8     There shall also be in attendance at every boxing contest, at
     9  the expense of the promoter, [two (2)] three (3) licensed
    10  judges, each of whom shall[, together with the referee,] render
    11  his individual decision, in writing, on a scorecard supplied by
    12  the Commission at the end of every boxing contest which
    13  continues for the scheduled number of rounds. Each judge [and
    14  the referee] shall have one (1) vote and a majority of the votes
    15  cast shall determine the winner.
    16     The Commission shall by rule or regulation prescribe the
    17  methods of scoring.
    18     Section 5.  The act is amended by adding a section to read:
    19     Section 223.  Prohibited Competition.--(a)  A person commits
    20  a misdemeanor of the first degree if he promotes, sponsors or
    21  participates in any manner in the staging of, or the conduct of,
    22  any tough guy contest or battle of the brawlers or in any
    23  similar competition.
    24     (b)  The provisions of this section shall not apply to the
    25  news media, including but not limited to television, radio,
    26  newspapers and periodicals, for their reporting or advertising
    27  activities relating to tough guy contests or battle of the
    28  brawlers.
    29     (c)  As used in this section the phrase "tough guy contest"
    30  or "battle of the brawlers" means any competition which involves
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     1  any physical contact bout between two or more individuals, who
     2  attempt to knock out their opponent by employing boxing,
     3  wrestling, martial arts tactics or any combination thereof and
     4  by using techniques including, but not limited to, punches,
     5  kicks and choking. These phrases shall not apply to amateur or
     6  professional contests sanctioned by the Pennsylvania Athletic
     7  Commission nor to contests staged in connection with athletic
     8  training programs nor to amateur or professional contests of the
     9  martial arts nor to any collegiate or scholastic boxing,
    10  wrestling or martial arts contests.
    11     Section 6.  Section 250 of the act, added May 24, 1956 (1955
    12  P.L.1693, No.574), is amended to read:
    13     Section 250.  Mandatory Eight Count.--Whenever a boxer is
    14  knocked down, he shall be required to take a count of eight,
    15  even if he has regained his feet prior thereto, and the referee
    16  shall not permit the contest or exhibition to be resumed until
    17  the count of eight has actually been reached, except in
    18  professional championship boxing contests and exhibitions. A
    19  referee may give a standing eight count in those instances where
    20  he deems necessary.
    21     Section 7.  This act shall take effect in 60 days.

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