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In basic Muay Thai rules, Muay Thai match formally have no more than 5 rounds, each round take 3 minutes to last, with a two-minute rest period in between. No additional round is allowed.
Boxers must regularly wear gloves, each weighing not less than 6 ounces (172 gramm) in Thai boxing rules. The gloves must not be squeezed, kneaded or crushed to change its original shape.
Contestants must wear only trunks (red or blue according to their corners) appropriately fit their bodies.
Contestants must wear standard supporters or sturdy athletic cups to protect their groin,Gum shield may be used.
Contestants wear no shirts nor shoes, but ankle cap is permitted.
A sacred cord known as Mongkol can be worn around the head only during the pre-fight ritual of paying homage to ancestral teachers of Muay Thai, to be removed before the start of the fight.
Metal or other equipments that will be harmful to the opponent is prohibited.
The complete details of Thai boxing rules are listed below:
The ring shall be constructed as follows:
The following equipment is required at ringside.
Gloves usage should correspond to the following weight divisions:
The weight of the leather shall not be more than half of the total glove weight, including the internal cushioning, which should always be in good condition. The laces are to be tied at the back of the wrist band.
Only a soft material type is allowed, size 2 inches x 6.5 yards (5 cm x 6 metres). Plastic or plaster types are strictly prohibited. The use of adhesive tape, size 2.50 cm. x 2.50 metres is only allowed for covering the back of the wrist and must not be used to cover the knuckles.
A. BOXER'S ATTIRE
B. Any infringement to the dress code may result in the fighter's disqualification. In the case of any problem with the boxing gloves themselves, the referee may temporarily halt the match until they are corrected.
A. Weight Divisions
Two seconds are allowed to attend the boxer as per the following stipulations:
A. Committee Member's Qualification.
B. Referee's Qualification
C. Number of Judges and Referees
The match committee will comprise of 3 judges and one referee for the ring with the match chairman responsible for match supervision.
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 Muay Thai Council and flat canvas shoes. No glasses or jewellery are allowed.
The referee shall ensure the following:
C. Referee's Duties.
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
The judges shall wear the uniform as specified by the W.M.C.
The chairman of the match committee may authorize a correction to the final result as follows:
A. Seating for the timekeeper and announcer will be located next to the ring.
B. Duties And Responsibilities
The timekeeper must keep precisely, the timing of each round and the breaks, following the referee's instructions to start or stop. The following procedures are to be used:
C. Announcer's Duties
This should conform to the following rules and regulations:
The standard scoring practice is as follows :
A: A strike either by a punch, kick, knee or elbow.
C. Method Of Scoring
To be penalized by the deduction of 1 point for each time committed.
A boxer who has been hit in the groin, may request a 5 minute break before continuing the match.
The doctor shall be appointed and certified by the appropriate Council committee.
DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DOCTOR.
The Chairman or Referee will have the final decision on the interpretation or on any item not covered under these rules and regulations.
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|This article was published on Sunday 17 February, 2008.|
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