Officiating Record: Referee
- Global ID 409087
- Sex Male
- Birth Date 26/04/1953
- Height 5′ 9″ / 175cm
- Country Burundi
- Residence Muramuya, Burundi
- Birth Place Makamba, Burundi
- Birth Name Bobby Mazzoni
- Bobby Mazzoni is an Burundi boxing referee in the state of Makamba, Muramuya, Burundi
Notable Fights Refereed
- Date 1978-08-28 Elijah Makathini vs. Daniel Mapanya
- Date 1977-11-28 Elijah Makathini vs. Doug Lumley
- Date 1976-05-01 Pius Dladla vs. Fraser Memela
A boxing referee is the most important individual in a boxing ring during a match. Responsible for the maintaining the flow of the match, as well as assessing point deductions and administering counts; the outcome of a match many times is decided by how well versed the referee may be. Referee training is an ongoing task and the best in the sport will continually train to better their skill level.
Training for boxing referees is not standardized throughout the sport or its many organizations. While the rules may loosely mirror each other, small variations do exist, so knowing the rules for each governing body is a must. Before you begin the process of applying, you will want to begin your training to be a referee. Start by obtaining a rule book for the boxing organization you wish to work for. A clear understanding of the rules will help you better do your job.
Referees Responsibilities Authority
- (1) The referee's primary responsibility shall be to maintain the safety and welfare of the boxers at all times.
- (2) Before starting a contest, the referee shall determine the name of the chief seconds for each boxer. The chief second shall be responsible for the conduct of the boxer s other seconds during the contest.
- (3) The referee shall call boxers and their chief seconds into the ring at the beginning of each contest for instructions.
- (4) The referee shall not allow any person other than the boxers and the event physician to enter the ring during a round.
- (5) The referee shall inspect the boxers' bodies and gloves to make sure that no substances have been applied to the detriment of an opponent.
- (6) Referees who are event officials shall pass a physical examination by the event physician within twenty-four hours prior to an event for the purpose of determining their physical ability to referee the contest. If such examination indicates the referee is physically unable to referee the contest, such inability shall be noted on the prefight physical form and immediately be reported to the inspector.
- (7) The referee shall have the authority to stop a contest any time he/she thinks it is too one-sided, or if either boxer is in such condition that to continue might subject them to serious injury.
- (8) The referee shall not make a disqualification decision based on one unintentional, low-blow foul. However, if two previous warnings for such fouls have resulted in point deductions, the third foul may be grounds for disqualification.
- (9) The referee has authority to decide any matters that arise during a contest and are not covered by these rules.
- (10) If a boxer receives an injury that the referee thinks shall incapacitate the boxer, the referee shall ask the event physician to examine the boxer. The event physician shall provide the referee with an opinion as to the seriousness of the injury and either the event physician or the referee shall stop the contest if the injury is serious. When a referee calls the event physician into the ring, the referee shall direct the timekeeper to cease keeping time while the event physician examines the boxer.
- (11) The referee may penalize a boxer who fouls an opponent during a contest, by charging such boxer with the loss of points. The referee shall immediately notify the judges of the number of points to be deducted.
- (12) The referee shall stop the contest if the boxer's chief second determines that a contest should be stopped, and immediately signals the referee by stepping onto the ring apron.
- (13) When a boxer resumes boxing after having been knocked down or fallen or slipped to the floor, the referee shall wipe all foreign material from the boxer's gloves.
- (14) The referee shall give a boxer injured by a low-blow foul up to five minutes to recover. Should the boxer be unable to continue at the end of the recovery period, the referee shall declare that the boxer has signaled his/her desire to stop boxing as described in WAC 36-12-130 (1)(b)(iv).
- (15) Prior to an event, each referee shall disclose to the department all considerations, including reimbursement for expenses that will be received from any source for participation in the event. The disclosure shall be made on a form supplied by the department.
- (16) A decision rendered at the termination of any contest may be changed by the department if the department determines that one of the following occurred:
(a) There was collusion affecting the result of any contest,
(b) The compilation of the scorecard of the judges shows an error which would mean that the decision was given to the wrong contestant, or
(c) There was a violation of the laws or rules governing contests, which affected the result of any contest.
Identification The Role Of The Referee
There are several different types of fouls that you will have to call in the ring. You must be able to identify these fouls immediately. While the list is long there are some major fouls that you will want to be aware of; these include hitting below the belt, holding, tripping, or otherwise wrestling an opponent. A boxer may not hit with any part of the body except for a gloved fist, hitting with elbows, shoulders, forearms, or the side, and back of the glove are illegal as well. Subtle fouls, such as punches to the back of the head, punching an opponents back, or punches thrown to the kidneys, must be called as well.
referee have the following roles:
- Gives instructions to both boxers before the fight
- Determines when to start or stop a count when a fighter is down
- Determines when a foul is so egregious that a warning should be given or points taken away
- Signal when the round is over
- Determines when one fighter's health will be endangered by more blows and thus, stops the fight.
In the past, referees were involved in judging the fight. However, that role has been progressively replaced by a panel of judges, except for domestic fights in some countries.
While calling fouls is a major part of a referee's function, you will want to be aware of some perfunctory duties. When a boxer is knocked down you will be in charge of administering a count, as well as making sure that the scoring boxer retires to a neutral corner. A referee also holds the sole discretion in stopping a match for fouls as well assuring the safety of the boxers.
Normally, a white or blue Oxford shirt is worn, as well as black slacks, black leather shoes and a black bow tie. Latex gloves are sometimes worn for sanitary reasons. For professional matches a patch is usually worn on the left breast bearing the insignia of the organization sanctioning the fight. The referee may also wear a patch on his left sleeve bearing the flag of his home country. This is especially common in matches between fighters from two different countries.
A boxing referee goes through levels throughout his tenure. If you are able to quickly master your craft you may advance through levels one, and two faster than others. Level three referees tend to make better money, and gain notoriety more often, so always remember that all eyes are on you.