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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Chapter 548
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F.S. 548.057
548.057 Attendance of referee and judges at match; scoring; seconds.
(1) At each boxing match involving a participant, except at an exhibition held solely for training purposes, at the expense of the promoter, a referee designated by the commission shall direct and control the match.
(2) At each contest, at the expense of the promoters, three judges appointed by the executive director as delegated by the commission shall attend and shall render their individual decisions in writing on scorecards supplied by the commission. Each judge shall have one vote, and a majority of the votes cast shall determine the winner.
(3) The commission shall ensure that all referees, judges, and other officials are Florida-licensed officials qualified pursuant to rules of the commission and that no sanctioning organization or promoter has been permitted to influence the appointment of any officials, and shall prescribe the methods of scoring.
(4) Before the start of any match, the referee shall obtain the name of each participant’s chief second. The chief second shall be responsible for the conduct of her or his assistants during the match.
(5) For matches other than boxing, the commission shall establish such standards and requirements for referees as are deemed necessary.
(6) No judge licensed in this state shall act as a judge at any match in a state, territory, commonwealth, or Native American Reservation that is not regulated by a state boxing commission unless the match is supervised by a state boxing commission or a Native American commission properly constituted under federal law.
(7) No judge shall also serve as a supervisor or on the ratings committee or recommend boxers to the ratings committee for a sanctioning body.
(8) Any person whose application for a judge’s license has been denied shall not be permitted to reapply for a judge’s license for a period of 6 months. Any person whose application for a judge’s license has been denied on three occasions shall not be permitted to reapply.
(9) The number of judges shall be assigned in accordance with rules of the commission. The number of unofficial judges at each event shall be limited to three by the commission.
(10) The judges shall be located in seats designated for them by the commission representative.
(11) If sufficient judges are not available, a referee shall be selected to act as a judge for that specific program of matches. 2, 4, ch. 84-246; s. 2, ch. 85-21; s. 15, ch. 88-365; s. 4, ch. 91-429; s. 774, ch. 97-103; s. 129, ch. 99-251; s. 17, ch. 2002-172.