Marquis of Queensberry Rules
( Current at some stage of this century )
1. To be a fair stand-up boxing match in a 24-foot ring, or as near
that size as practicable.
2. No wrestling or hugging allowed.
3. The rounds to be of three minutes' duration, and one minute's time
4. If either man falls through weakness or otherwise, he must get up
unassisted, 10 seconds to be allowed him to do so, the other man meanwhile
to return to his corner, and when the fallen man is on his legs the round
is to be resumed and continued until the three minutes have expired. If
one man fails to come to the scratch in the 10 seconds allowed, it shall
be in the power of the referee to give his award in favor of the other
5. A man hanging on the ropes in a helpless state, with his toes off the
ground, shall be considered down.
6. No seconds or any other person to be allowed in the ring during the
7. Should the contest be stopped by any unavoidable interference, the
referee to name the time and place as soon as possible for finishing the
contest; so that the match must be won and lost, unless the backers of
both men agree to draw the stakes.
8. The gloves to be fair-sized boxing gloves of the best quality and new.
9. Should a glove burst, or come off, it must be replaced to the referee's
10. A man on one knee is considered down and if struck is entitled to the
11. No shoes or boots with springs allowed.
12. The contest in all other respects to be governed by revised rules of
the London Prize Ring.