BY UNANIMOUS VOTE THE ASSOCIATION OF BOXING COMMISSIONS (ABC) VOTED TO APPROVE THE PROPOSED “UNIFIED RULES OF KICKBOXING” AT THEIR ANNUAL CONVENTION
The Association of Boxing Commissions (so named because when it was founded, boxing was the only regulated combat sport) is a North American not for profit entity made up of members from state and tribal athletic commissions from the United States, Canada and beyond.
The organization was formed in the 1980s when a number of executive directors of various commissions met to discuss how boxing was handled in their jurisdictions. Since that time the ABC has been recognized as the leader in promoting uniform health and safety standards for combat sports.
One of the first and most important accomplishments of the ABC was to establish a Unified Rules of Boxing so that athletes competing at a high level could expect to compete under a consistent set of rules regardless of where the promotion was being held. This was then accomplished for MMA with the approval of the ABC Unified Rules for MMA, first established in 2001.
At their 2017 annual convention, the Association of Boxing Commissions body voted unanimously to approve the proposed Unified Rules of Kickboxing. For almost a year prior to the vote an ABC committee consisting of California State Athletic Commission Director Andy Foster, California Commissioner Martha Shen Urquidez, Arnold Urquidez, ISKA President Cory Schafer and ABC Approved Referee Trainer Blake Grice worked via phone conference developing the document that met the uncontested approval of the voting members of the ABC.
In an interview after the unified rules were approved, ISKA President Cory Schafer said, “We are all very pleased that our sport has earned recognition by the Association of Boxing Commissions in this manner. Our goal was to develop a document that insures safe and fair competition, but that also effectively reflects the current global identity of the sport. Towards that end the rules are very similar to those used by the industry’s leading promotions. We hope that the unified rules will help both promoters and athletes with what appears to be a revitalization for the sport of kickboxing in North America.”
The Association of Boxing Commission Unified Rules for Kickboxing may be found at: