|(a) Referees are responsible for enforcing the rules
of the bouts and shall exercise immediate authority, direction and
control over bouts. The referee shall conduct a rules meeting before
the first bout of the event.
(b) The referee may eject from an event any person
who violates the Code or department rules. If a second violates this
chapter or the Code, the referee may disqualify the contestant to
whom the second is assigned.
(c) If an assigned referee is unable to officiate,
he shall notify the department at least five hours before the event.
(d) The safety of contestants shall be the primary
concern of the referee at all times. The referee may stop any bout:
(1) where there is reason to believe that continuing
may result in serious injury to either contestant;
(2) if a contestant cannot defend himself;
(3) because of an injury or a contestant's poor physical
(4) if the referee feels that a contestant is not fighting
(e) If a contestant is accidentally fouled, including
a head butt but can continue, the referee may stop the bout for a
reasonable time, and inform the judges and the contestant's second
of the accidental injury.
(f) If a mouthpiece is knocked out, the referee shall
call time during a break in the action, the contestant's second will
clean and reinsert the mouthpiece. If the mouthpiece is spit out the
same procedure will be followed and the referee may charge the contestant
with a foul.
(g) The referee or executive director may disqualify
a contestant and declare the opponent the winner after one warning
by the referee or a department representative for the use of profanity,
obscene or threatening gestures by a contestant, his manager, or his
(h) When a foul occurs, the referee shall call time
and advise the judges of the foul and the number of points they should
(i) Before each bout, the referee shall call the contestants
and their chief seconds together for final instructions.
(j) When a low blow incapacitates a contestant, the
referee shall give him reasonable time to recover. The referee may
confer with the ringside physician. If a contestant shows an unwillingness
to continue because of a low-blow claim, and the referee has resumed
the fight, that contestant shall be declared the loser by a technical
(1) When a blow to a contestant causes a knock-down,
the referee shall order the opponent to go to the ring's farthest
neutral corner, pointing to the corner, and immediately pick up the
(2) The referee shall audibly announce the passing
of the seconds, accompanying the count with upward motions of his
arm for each second and indicating the count with visual finger counts
after each second.
(3) The referee shall stop counting if the opponent
does not remain in the neutral corner until the count is complete.
(4) The mandatory eight count after knock downs will
be the standard procedure in all bouts.
(5) If a contestant who is knocked down rises before
the count of ten and goes down again without being struck, the referee
shall resume the count where he stopped.
(6) A contestant who has been knocked down cannot be
saved by the bell in any round, including the last one.
(7) If the contestant who is knocked down does not
rise before the count of ten, the referee shall declare the opponent
the winner by a knockout.
(8) If the contestant appears to be seriously injured,
without beginning a count, the referee may summon the ringside physician
into the ring, and declare the bout terminated by knockout.
(9) The referee's count is the official count.
(l) If a contestant does not answer the bell signifying
the start of a round, the referee shall give a ten count and declare
him the loser by a technical knockout.
(m) If a contestant who has been knocked out of the
ring or has fallen out of the ring during the bout fails to return
immediately, the referee shall give the contestant 20 seconds to return
to the ring. After a 20 second count, if the contestant has not returned
to the ring, the referee shall count the contestant out as if he were
down. No one may help contestants back into the ring.
(n) If during the first four rounds a contestant is
accidentally injured, and is unable to continue, or is pushed, knocked
or falls out of the ring, and is injured by the fall and unable to
return, the referee shall declare the bout a no decision. If such
injury occurs during later rounds, all completed rounds and the partial
round in which the bout is terminated shall be scored and the contestant
ahead on points shall be declared the winner by technical decision.
(o) A licensed referee may act as a judge or a timekeeper.
(p) All referees must attend the rules meeting prior
to the first bout of an event.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §61.41 adopted to be effective October 1, 2000, 25 TexReg 9941; amended to be effective December 1, 2003, 28 TexReg 10445; amended to be effective February 1, 2005, 30 TexReg 378; amended to be effective February 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 481; amended to be effective October 15, 2010, 35 TexReg 9081; amended to be effective March 1, 2013, 38 TexReg 1141; amended to be effective March 1, 2022, 47 TexReg 910