USA: Michigan Laws

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History of Michigan Boxing Legislation, Rules & Regulations

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  • 1913-04-18: The ring-death of Billy Allen results in the clamping on of the "lid" on boxing throughout the state of Michigan by Gov. Ferris. San Francisco Call [1]
  • 1922-01-09: Gov. Groesbeck gives boxing matches (but not prizefights) a "new lease of life." [2]
  • 1922-04-22: State legalizes 10-round "no decision" bouts. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • 1922-07-18: Michigan Boxing Commission declares war on private boxing promoters who are alleged to have been operating under cover of the American Legion. Bismarck Tribune [3]
  • 1929-05-08: Legislature passes a bill permitting 15-round championship bouts. The current ten-round limit is retained for non-title bouts, however. Wenatchee Daily World (Wenatchee, WA, USA) wire report.
  • 1931: By 1931, 10-rounders with a referee only were allowed. Title bouts were to be 15 rounds, and had to have two judges and a referee. April 29, 1931 Seattle Post-Intelligencer