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


The following apply to:

  • Professional boxing, wrestling, and martial arts events
  • and
  • Amateur mixed martial arts events overseen by the Department of Licensing.

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 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 24 hours of event start time, but not less than 2 hours before the event. (If a representative attends the weigh-in, they must have the authority to sign contracts.)
  11. Provide a suitable 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
    • 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.
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