Here are the rules as stated by USA Boxing. You can also download the Rule book at the bottom of this page.
Master Boxing Division
All boxers in this classification must be a minimum of 35 years of age. The age difference between contestants shall be no more than ten (10) calendar years. A boxer may compete against opponents who are no more than ten (10) years younger or ten (10) years older. All official rules apply to these classifications, with the exception of those listed below:

(1) Boxers will be limited to boxing three rounds of two-minute duration or less.

(2) 16 oz gloves and headgear will be used for all weight categories and this equipment must have been approved and tested by USA Boxing and must meet or exceed the minimum standards for impact as set by USA Boxing. This equipment must have a printed label as illustrated in Figure 10.0. The glove label must be located on the backside of both gloves, and the headgear label must be located on the back panel.

(3) Boxers must pass an annual medical exam and be declared “fit to box” with the following elements before being registered to box:
(a) No history of diabetes, high blood pressure or chest pain.
(b) No history of chronic headaches.
(c) Blood pressure less than 145/90.
(d) Graded exercise EKG every five (5) years beginning at age 45.
(e) Normal eye examination by an ophthalmologist every five (5) years.

(4) The passbook of the master boxer must contain the signature of the examining physician who performed their annual physical and the results placed on file with the LBC, along with the boxer’s registration application. The signature shall be entered in the appropriate section under annual physical examinations.

(5) Pre-bout examinations shall be the same as those performed on all other Classifications of boxers.

(6) Master boxers may not compete against boxers younger than 35 years of age. Shaking of hands As a sign of good sportsmanship, boxers shall touch gloves before the beginning of the first round. Medical aptitude

(1) Annual physical. It is recommended that boxers undergo an annual physical by a qualified doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO). Purpose of annual physical:

(a) To reduce the risk of serious injury to a boxer before participating in the sport of amateur boxing.
(b) Annual physical screening may identify a medical problem with the boxer that has gone undetected or may surface at a later date.
(c) An annual physical done by a personal physician or MD will monitor more thoroughly specific medical problems; whereas the pre- and postbout physicals screen isolated areas of medical concern.
(d) Personal physicians have a better background on boxer’s medical history.
(e) Reduce liability factor.
(f) Exemplify concern for medical fitness of the athlete.
(g) NOTE: BEGINNING WITH THE 2010 REGISTRATION YEAR, ANNUAL PHYSICALS WILL BE REQUIRED. A copy of the physical report must be submitted along with the boxer’s membership application form.

(2) Medical certification. A boxer shall not be allowed to compete in a sanctioned competition unless said boxer has been certified as fit to do so by a qualified doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO).

(3) Medical certificate. Every boxer competing outside their own country must have in their possession a certificate signed by an authorized doctor of medicine stating that prior to leaving their own country, they were in good physical condition and not suffering from any injury, infection or disability liable to affect their capacity to box in the country being visited. Such certificate may be incorporated in a record or passbook maintained by the boxer in accordance with the practice of their national association and must be produced at the medical examination before their general weigh-in.

(4) Prohibited conditions and/or conditional circumstances.

(a) Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (AIDS). Any boxer and/or non-athlete member known to have a positive HIV test shall be prohibited from participating in the sport of amateur boxing. Note: All members are encouraged to receive annual HIV tests.

(b) Hepatitis B and C Virus. Any boxer and/or non-athlete member known to have active Hepatitis B or C Virus shall be prohibited from participating in the sport of amateur boxing. Note: All boxers and/or non-athlete members are encouraged to be vaccinated for Hepatitus B, unless there is proof of natural or acquired immunity.

(c) A physician may disqualify from competition any boxer who demonstrated by physical examination of the face, orbital or oral, a
lesion that in the judgment of the physician presents an active herpetic lesion (fever blister or cold sore).

(d) Vision. The wearing of glasses by boxers in the ring is prohibited. A boxer totally unsighted (uncorrected vision worse than 20/400) in one or both eyes, or possessing only one eye is prohibited from boxing. In addition, a boxer with corrected visual acuity of worse than 20/60 in
either eye, regardless of its cause, shall be disqualified. Any boxer with uncorrected vision between 20/20 and 20/400 may be permitted to wear soft contact lenses. If the lens comes out and the boxer cannot continue; the boxer losing the lens will lose by RSC. Any boxer possessing a cataract in either eye which reduces corrected vision to 20/60 or worse, or a boxer possessing the presence or history of retinal detachment or tear, whether or not such condition has been effectively treated, or presence of any other ocular pathology that may result in permanent vision dysfunction, shall be disqualified.

(e) Deaf and/or mute boxers who can pass a physical exam are eligible to compete. NOTE: Notice to officials is encouraged.

(f) Cuts and abrasions. No boxer shall be allowed to take part in any contest if said boxer wears a dressing (bandage, band-aid) on a cut, wound, abrasion, laceration or blood swelling on the scalp or face including the nose and ears. A boxer is allowed to box if an abrasion is covered with collodion. The decision to box should be made by the doctor who examines the boxer on the day of said boxer’s competition. A cut occurring during a bout in an advancing tournament should be evaluated in regard to the elimination of the boxer from the tournament. If the physician at ringside disqualifies the boxer from further advancement, the other boxer, regardless of score, should advance. This should also hold true at the pre-bout physical examination the following morning.

(g) Braces. Boxers who wish to compete with braces are required to have attached to their passbooks a completed Release to Compete With Braces form. This form requires the written approval of their dentist or orthodontist, parent and/or guardian (if under the age of 18) and a – 15 – dentist-molded mouthpiece. This includes upper and/or lower braces. Boxers competing with braces waive the right to dental coverage under the USA Boxing insurance program.

(h) Banned substances. See Constitution and By-laws, Article XXI, Antidoping. Restricted participation

(1) Professional boxers. Professional boxers and other individuals who have competed as professionals in combat sports, including, but not limited to mixed martial arts, Tough-Man events, kick boxing, and cage fighting, are prohibited from competing in amateur boxing.

(2) Foreign athletes. Foreign athletes are barred from participation in advancing local, regional and national tournaments or any box-offs that would lead to international competition.

(3) Incarcerated athletes. Inmates are not authorized to register or participate in USA Boxing.

(5) Professional contests.

(a) Professional/amateur contests. No competition may be held between an amateur and a professional. An amateur boxer shall not compete against a professional boxer or professional athlete of another combat sport. Pro-am cards are permitted provided they are strictly overseen/controlled by the LBC in which they take place and in accordance with guidelines set for pro-am boxing. Note: Pro-am cards are those where professionals appear on the same card as amateurs.

(b) Competition and professionals in other sports. Competition with or against professionals in sports other than boxing during a tryout in which the amateur boxer is not paid more than expenses allowed by USA Boxing, Inc. shall not be construed as a violation of this article.

(c) Promotion for personal profit. No boxing promoter, manager or any other person shall be allowed to promote or conduct any amateur boxing show solely for personal profit. Appropriate personnel may be employed to direct a program of boxing for the benefit of the sport. All individuals or organizations may receive a proportionate share from an investment made by them, provided the entire conduct of the meet or competition is under the strict control of USA Boxing, Inc.

(6) Any member of USA Boxing shall be permanently disqualified from USA Boxing if they are:
(a) Convicted of a felony involving a rape or a sex crime against any person; or
(b) Is required under applicable state or federal law to be a registered sex offender or the equivalent thereof.




  1. Hi,
    I’m currently looking for a boxing gym and ran into this page on the net. I live in queens so I’d like to find out about class schedules and locations. I’d like to compete next year so i’d like to find the right place to put the work in.


    • Hi Victor

      Please give us a call 718-461-6400. We can help you with your competition goals.

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