Boxing Rules and Laws
The federal government mandates that in order for states to allow professional boxing matches, they must have a state Boxing Commission and/or Boxing Office or use a neighboring state's Boxing Commission and/or Boxing Office.
By law, the North Carolina Boxing Authority regulates professional boxing, kickboxing, mixed martial arts and toughman events that charge admission or offer cash or prizes to the contestants. USA Boxing supervises amateur boxing events in North Carolina and USA boxing rules and regulations are approved by the Boxing Authority.
Toughman contestants are not trained and have separate rules, such as wearing 16 oz. gloves, mouthpieces and protective head and groin gear. Each bout consists of three one-minute rounds with a one-minute rest period. The fights are strictly boxing, no biting, wrestling, head butting, or kicking are permitted. Toughman fighters undergo pre-fight physicals, and a doctor and emergency medical technicians are present at ringside during the event.
Professional boxers and mixed martial artists are trained and licensed to fight. They are not required to wear protective head gear, and their gloves differ in weight for specific classes.