USA: Missouri Laws

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History of Missouri Boxing Legislation, Rules & Regulations

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  • 1909-09-28: "Boxing game revived" in St. Louis--Tacoma Daily News (Tacoma, WA, USA) wire report
  • 1911-05-23: Gov. Hadley puts lid on all boxing in the state not staged by private clubs, and will call out the militia if necessary to prevent the contests. Wire report [1]
  • 1911-11-20: Circuit Court Judge Blair declares four-round bouts with large gloves are legal. Tacoma Times [2]
  • 1913-09-01: Tom Abbott vs. John Smith bout at Springfield is the first since the courts enjoined boxing the previous fall. Tacoma Daily News
  • 1921-02-18: The Brogan Boxing Bill, to legalize prize-fighting, is in the Senate.
  • 1923-03-02: St. Louis City Boxing Commission permits boxing to resume, after a year's absence, according to the March 3 Tacoma News Tribune
  • 1931-05-14: Governor Henry S. Caulfield signs a bill passed by the Legislature providing for 15-round bouts, with a decision by a referee and two judges, when a national or international title is involved, instead of the previous 10-round, no-decision bouts. This goes into effect next Fall. New York Times
  • 1931-9-23: First card held under new law, allowing official decisions and increasing the maximum number of rounds from 10 to 15.
  • 1932-12-20: First female bouts ever sanctioned by the state athletic commission are conducted, with Evelyn Norris and Bobby Brewer. Wenatchee Daily World (Wenatchee, WA, USA) wire report