USA: Federal Laws

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History of Boxing Legislation, Rules & Regulations

(Enter material chronologically)

  • 1912: The Anti-Prizefight Film Law is adopted (repealed in 1940?)
  • 1915-10-19: American Boxing Association created by Tom S. Andrews; President is Matt H. Hinkel
  • 1918-09-25: United States Army approves 6-rounders. The old rule limited bouts to three rounds, with a fourth added if needed to determine a winner. Tacoma News Tribune (Tacoma, WA, USA) wire report
  • 1922-05-19: National Sports Alliance conducts its first bouts: Benny Leonard EXH Soldier Batfield; Abe Goldstein W-4 Frankie Genaro
  • 1923-01-17: The United States War Department authorizes decision boxing at Fort Snelling, St. Paul, MN (per newspaper wire reports)
  • 1930-01-18: Professional baseball Commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis issues a ruling holding that "any baseball player who engages in professional boxing will be regarded as having retired permanently from organized baseball... The two activities do not mix." (Per national newspaper wire reports.) Landis's nation-wide ruling was a result of the huge publicity baseball player Art (The Great) Shires was getting from his off-season boxing activities.
  • 1965: Sponsor Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee gets bill through the House of Representatives to establish a Federal Boxing Commission. Before he can get the bill before the Senate, however, he dies, "and with him passed the driving force behind the bill." The Ring, July 1979, p. 5.