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ABA Ratings Criteria

Adopted by the ABA  March 24th, 2017
based on the ABC ratings criteria.

ABA Ratings Criteria

1) Ratings must be based solely on win/loss records, level of competition and activity. The record of any top rated boxer shall be verified by the ABC’s official boxing registry.

2) No boxer can be rated in more than one division.

3) For a boxer to receive a top rating, the boxer shall have competed in at least (2) bouts scheduled for ten rounds or (4) bouts scheduled for eight rounds.

4) In order to maintain a top rating, the boxer:

a) shall compete at least once during each 12 month period from the time the boxer gets rated; and

b) shall have competed against another top rated boxer within each 18 month period from the time the boxer gets rated.

A boxer who does not meet this level of competition shall not retain the boxer’s rating. Exceptions can be made only for injuries, verified in writing by a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.).

5) If a top rated boxer loses to an un-rated boxer:

a) the top rated boxer shall be lowered at least one position in the ratings; and

b) the un-rated boxer shall be considered for a rating somewhere in the top rating.

6) If two boxers are rated and compete against each other, and the lower rated boxer wins:

a) The lower rated boxer shall be elevated in the ratings and;

b) The higher rated boxer shall be lowered in the ratings.

The ABA also adopts the following criteria:

A. The ABA shall consider all active boxers in regard to a rating in a particular division (even if the boxer is rated by another sanctioning organization). This need not effect mandatory positions or which boxers are available for elimination bouts.

B. The rating of a boxer shall not be premised, directly or indirectly, upon a consideration of:

1. The identity of the boxer’s promoter, manager or any other person with whom the boxer is affiliated (hereinafter, “affiliates”); or

2. The attendance of the boxer or the boxer’s affiliates at a convention, conference, or other function sponsored by the sanctioning organization.

C. All sanctioning organizations shall eliminate from their ratings criteria any wording suggesting that its rating criteria are conditional or subject to exception; for example, “all rating criteria are subject to exception by the ratings committee.” Sanctioning organizations may adopt rating criteria which are more stringent than the criteria set forth herein.

Monitoring by the Association of Boxing Commissions

As prescribed by Federal law, each sanctioning organization is required to submit to the Federal Trade Commission, or, in the alternative, publish on its Internet website, and to submit to the Association of Boxing Commissions:

a) a complete description of the sanctioning organization’s ratings criteria, policies and general sanctioning fees;

b) the bylaws of the sanctioning organization;

c) the appeals procedures of the sanctioning organization for a boxer’s rating; and

d) a list and business address of the organization’s officials who vote on the ratings of boxers.

Also required is that each sanctioning organization is to:

a) post on its Internet website or home page a change in the rating of a boxer previously rated by the sanctioning organization in the top ratings, including an explanation of such change, within seven days of such change; and

b) provide a copy of a ratings change and the explanation for the rating change to the Association of Boxing Commissions, within seven days of such change.

In furtherance of these legislative measures:

sanctioning organization shall develop its web site in a clear and concise manner, so that:

all interested parties, especially boxers, can easily find information and ratings criteria; and the ratings of the sanctioning organization for the preceding six months are included.

A sanctioning organization shall establish, and consistently apply, procedures for an appeal of a ratings change which are:

objective; cost efficient; and, in the absence of extenuating circumstances, completed within 30 days of the appeal.

Following an appeal as provided in § (2) of this section, or in the absence of a sanctioning organization providing for such appeal procedures, the ABC, upon the receipt of a written complaint from the boxer or the boxer’s designated representative, shall:

provide to the sanctioning organization:

a copy of the complaint; and an opportunity to submit a response to the ABC within 10 days of the sanctioning organization’s receipt of the complaint which shall include all relevant information attendant to the ratings change; review all information relevant to the complaint; and issue an opinion setting forth the ABC’s findings and conclusions.

Association of Boxing Commissions Certification of Adherence and Compliance

The Association of Boxing Commissions shall, on an annual basis, determine if a sanctioning organization has adhered to, and complied with, the “Association of Boxing Commissions Guidelines for Objective and Consistent Criteria for the Ratings of Professional Boxers,” as well as the dictates of the above-referenced statutory provisions.

In the event the Association of Boxing Commissions determines that there has been such adherence and compliance, the Association of Boxing Commissions shall issue a “Certification of Adherence and Compliance” stating that, for the designated period, the sanctioning organization has adhered to, and complied with, the said rating criteria and the dictates of the said statutory provisions.


1. Except as provided below, a boxer should be designated as a “mandatory” challenger only after the boxer has participated in a sanctioning organization’s elimination bout in which the two highest-rated, available boxers participated.

2. There should be no “interim” champions. If a champion is injured and thus cannot meet the boxer’s obligation (giving a 60-day grace period past the deadline) to defend, the next two highest

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