3773-4-05 Contract requirements and suspensions.

(A) There must be a contestant/promoter contract signed by both parties for all public or private competition that involves the sports of boxing, kick boxing, karate, or any other form of boxing or martial arts prior to any bout occurring. The contract shall contain the names of the contestants competing, the date of the event, the location of the event, the weight or weight class the contestants will compete at and the amount the contestants will be paid for the bout. The state of Ohio contract form must be the valid contract form completed by all parties.

(B) A bout agreement which provides that a contestant must fight exclusively for one promoter or at the option of one promoter is prohibited for amateur contestants.

(C) In the event a contestant is unable to participate through no fault of their own, the promoter shall give the contestant the option of receiving the show money or an amount expressly agreed upon and approved by the commission in advance and contracted for on the contestant/promoter contract or scheduling the contestant on the promoter's next event at an equal or greater amount of the contract amount listed for the event the contestant was unable to participate in.

(D) After signing a contestant/promoter contract form, a contestant may not enter into another contracted bout that is scheduled thirty days prior to the previously signed contract. If the contestant participates in a bout within this thirty day time period and because of participating in this event is not able to participate in the originally contracted event, they shall be suspended for not more than six months. The contestant may appeal by registered mail to the executive director for a hearing within thirty days of the mailing date of the notice of the suspension. The suspension will start at the end of any previously administered suspension.

(E) When the contestant fails to appear in a contest in which they signed a bout agreement to appear shall be suspended for not more than six months. The contestant may produce a valid certificate from a physician and approved by the executive director or commission in the case of any physical disability. The contestant who files a certificate from a physician stating they are unable to fulfill a bout agreement because of physical disability, shall be immediately given a medical suspension for a period of sixty days and must submit a medical clearance, or fulfill their bout agreement with the same opponent or a suitable substitute within this suspension period. The executive director or commission may remove any suspension if the contestant is released from the bout agreement by mutual agreement. The contestant may appeal by registered mail to the executive director within thirty days of the mailing date of notice of the suspension.

(F) A contestant who fails to make the required weight listed on the contestant/promoter contract form and as a result the bout is canceled the contestant will be suspended for not more than six months and will be fined. The contestant may appeal by registered mail to the executive director within thirty days of the mailing date of notice of the suspension.

(G) If after weighing in a contestant fails to honor the contestant/promoter bout contract by not showing for the bout or refuses to compete, will be fined and shall be suspended for not more than twelve months. The contestant may appeal by registered mail to the executive director within thirty days of the mailing date of the notice of suspension.

(H) A contestant or promoter will be suspended indefinitely, until payment is made in full of any judgment awarded by a court of law that is presented to the Ohio athletic commission for any violations of rules in agency 3773 of the Administrative Code.

Effective: 01/01/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/14/2011 and 01/01/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3773.34
Rule Amplifies: 3773.45
Prior Effective Dates: 1/19/06, 6/16/06, 1/17/08, 1/22/10