(A) The promoter of any public or private competition that involves the sports of boxing, mixed martial arts, kick boxing, karate, tough man contests or tough person contests, or any other form of boxing or martial arts, shall if possible:
(1) Notify the commission or executive director and the news media of any change or substitution involving a contest that was announced or advertised as the main event of the program.
(2) Shall provide such notice at least twenty-four hours before the start of the first contest or exhibition of the event.
(B) The promoter shall also conspicuously post the change or substitution at the box office of the premises where the program is to be held and cause the change or substitution to be announced from the ring before the start of the first contest of the program.
(C) If a change or substitution occurs and any patron desires to have the price of the ticket refunded, the promoter must refund the patron's money if the patron presents a ticket or a ticket stub at the box office prior to the start of the first contest begins. The box office must remain open a reasonable length of time to redeem such tickets.
(D) A contestant may not substitute for another contestant that is scheduled for the main event unless:
(1) The promoter notifies the commission or executive director within forty-eight hours of the weigh-in of the scheduled contest or exhibition.
(2) The commission or executive director must approve the substitution.
The substitute replacing the opponent must have an equal or better record of the opponent being replaced.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 8/18/2017 and 11/18/2022
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3773.34
Rule Amplifies: 3773.34
Prior Effective Dates: 8/19/84; 9/20/05; 4/18/09