Sweden: Laws

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History of Swedish Boxing Legislation, Rules & Regulations


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  • 1970-01-01: Sweden outlaws professional boxing, which becomes punishable by up to six months in jail. This includes exhibition bouts, sparring in a gymnasium, and an amateur doing business with a professional boxer. Source: The Ring magazine, May 1975, p. 26.
  • 2006-06-15: By a majority vote, the Swedish Parliament enacts a new law--effective September 1-- providing that all combat sports must obtain licenses to stage competitions, and such licenses will be granted only one if the safety of the athletes is fully guaranteed. Essentially, this new law reinforces the old 1970 law banning professional boxing.
  • 2006-11-29: A modified version of professional boxing was approved by the Swedish sports commission allowing for professional boxing, after the rules were changed to match those of amateur boxing; wither fewer rounds and allowing doctors to stop the bouts. [1]
  • 2007-1-27: Sweden stages it's first professional show in 37 years in Gothenburg with a 10 bout card consisting of all four-rounders.