Thursday, May 25, 2006

Queensberry Rules

I ask the question "What are the Queensberry rules" the other day at W's birthday bash. I did get an answer but decided to have look anyway. Herewith follow the Queensberry Rules, so named after the 9th Marquess of Queensberry endorsed them. These rules superseded the London Prize ring rules.

1. To be a fair stand-up boxing match in a 24-foot ring, or as near that size as practicable.
2. No wrestling or hugging allowed.
3. The rounds to be of three minutes' duration, and one minute's time between rounds.
4. If either man falls through weakness or otherwise, he must get up unassisted, 10 seconds to be allowed him to do so, the other man meanwhile to return to his corner, and when the fallen man is on his legs the round is to be resumed and continued until the three minutes have expired. If one man fails to come to the scratch in the 10 seconds allowed, it shall be in the power of the referee to give his award in favour of the other man.
5. A man hanging on the ropes in a helpless state, with his toes off the ground, shall be considered down.
6. No seconds or any other person to be allowed in the ring during the rounds.
7. Should the contest be stopped by any unavoidable interference, the referee to name the time and place as soon as possible for finishing the contest; so that the match must be won and lost, unless the backers of both men agree to draw the stakes.
8. The gloves to be fair-sized boxing gloves of the best quality and new.
9. Should a glove burst, or come off, it must be replaced to the referee's satisfaction.
10. A man on one knee is considered down and if struck is entitled to the stakes (This means he wins) .
11. No shoes or boots with springs allowed.

12. The contest in all other respects to be governed by revised rules of the London Prize Ring.

Apparently the whole point of these rules was to make the sport of boxing more civilised. Giving it a more win fair than win at all cost creed.

The Queensberry Rules also happens to be an English folk band. =)


At Thursday, May 25, 2006, Anonymous pinkthulhu said...

Boxing before the Queensbury rules came in was a nasty affair, where men would just punch each other bare-fisted for ages until one fell over and didn't get up. I read "Black Ajax" by George McDonald Fraser a while ago, which was an interesting novel about prize-fighting in the 1830s. :)

ps. The Marquess of Queensbury is also famous for being the guy whom Oscar Wilde sued. :)

At Thursday, May 25, 2006, Anonymous pinkthulhu said...

Nearly forgot! How was W's party?!?


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