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How to hold professional boxing, wrestling, and martial arts events

Requirements for these professional events:

Boxing, martial arts, and amateur mixed martial arts

Before the event, the promoter must:

  1. Get a promoter license.
  2. Call 360.664.6644 to request a date. (You must be licensed).
  3. Make sure the matchmaker is licensed.
  4. Submit Combative Sports Program Advance Notice at least 7 days before the event.
  5. Before the weigh-in, make sure we’ve approved the bouts.
  6. Report any bout changes to us immediately.
  7. Submit Fighter Contracts at least 5 days before the event.
  8. Make sure all licensing requirements are met:
    • Participants must be licensed before the weigh-in.
    • All other licenses, including seconds and announcers, must be completed by the conclusion of the weigh-in.
  9. Get and submit medical insurance for all the participants at least 72 hours before the event.
  10. Attend the weigh-in within 30 hours of event start time, but not less than 6 hours before the event. (If a representative attends the weigh-in, they must have the authority to sign contracts.)
  11. Provide a suitable and private exam area for physicians. Pre-fight physicals must be completed within 24 hours of the event start time.

The night of the event, the promoter must:

  1. Provide the inspector with the gloves and emergency back-up gloves before start time.
  2. Provide equipment for seconds and boxers at ringside before start time, including:
    • Corner stools
    • Spit buckets
    • Ice
    • Towels
    • 3 bar stools for judges
    • Tables and chairs around the ring/cage for the officials, inspector and DOL
    • Other health and safety items
  3. Make sure the ambulance or paramedical unit is:
    • Staffed with 2 attendants.
    • Equipped with transport and resuscitation capabilities.
    • Is on site at the event location 30 minutes before the start time.
  4. Have adequate security personnel on duty when the venue doors open.
  5. Submit the fighters’ and officials’ pay to us before the start time.
  6. Submit the ticket sales report, licensing fees, and event fee to us at the end of the event.
  7. Make sure a representative remains at the event location until all post-fight physicals are completed.

Wrestling

Before the event, the promoter must:

  1. Get a promoter license.
  2. Call 360.664.6644 to request a date – You must be licensed.
  3. Make sure all licensing requirements are met:
    • Participants and announcers must be licensed before the event – Referees are considered participants.

The night of the event, the promoter must:

  1. Make sure the ambulance or paramedical unit is:
    • Staffed with 2 attendants.
    • Equipped with transport and resuscitation capabilities.
    • Is on site at the event location 30 minutes before the start time.
  2. Have adequate security personnel on duty when the venue doors open.
  3. Ring and safety zone must adhere to WAC 36-13-030.
  4. Promoters also must adhere to the miscellaneous provisions under WAC 36-13-110.
  5. Submit the ticket sales report and event fee to us at the end of the event.
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