CONSTITUTION OF THE WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL BOXING COUNCIL, INC. (“WIBC”)
ARTICLE “A” WIBC CODE OF ETHICS
Any person involved in WIBC sanctioned professional boxing should:
- Place loyalty, fairness, and integrity as the highest moral principles, and the sport of boxing above the interests of any person or group.
- Always protect the health and well-being of boxers.
- Reject any compromise that goes against justice and fairness in the ring, in the offices, and in the gym.
- Expose corruption all wherever discovered.
- Always oppose discrimination on the basis of race, nationality, and religion, and act forcefully to counteract it.
- Uphold the constitution, laws, and regulations of all countries and governmental agencies affiliated with or that work with the World Boxing Union, Inc. and never be a party to any unscrupulous or illegal acts.
- Uphold and respect the Constitution, Rules & Regulations, principles, and principals of the WIBC at all times.
- Never – whether you are a boxer, manager, promoter, trainer, matchmaker, official, commissioner, or any member of the WIBC – use the communications media to slur, slander, libel, or otherwise defame, humiliate, or insult other members of the boxing community and thereby damage the sport itself, but instead use it to expose respectfully and professionally, the actions by persons who unfairly harm inflict harm unto the sport.
- Give and devote best efforts to our sport as expected and deserved by the public, and expect the same from promoters, managers, boxers, and all the people of boxing.
- Refrain from unethical behaviour that may bring disgrace to many people involved in the sport as well as the sport itself.
- Never seek monetary profit at the expense or to the detriment of the boxers, who should always be fairly compensated and respected for their efforts.
- Pursue absolute equality for the people of boxing by always respecting the rights of others, disregarding wealth or power as influencing factors on any decisions.
- Never use misrepresentations or other means to deceive others, but instead always present the facts and the truth in goodwill to solve problems.
- Never engage in business or activities that might constitute extortion, create a conflict of interest, or present an unfair restriction of competition.
- Boxers should always behave as good sportsmen in and out the ring, in public statements, and in attitude towards all members of the public, the boxing community, and media.
- Boxers should always shake hands before the commencement of the contest and touch gloves at the beginning of the final round, always showing respect for their opponents before and after the contest.
- Subject only to valid protest in accordance with the Constitution and the WIBC Rules & Regulations, all decisions of the referee and judges are final.
ARTICLE “B” A WORLD CHAMPION
A WIBC world champion is not only an excellent fighter in the ring and the best boxer in her division; the boxer is also a lady who has won her title cleanly and fairly, and is willing and ready at all times to defend it against any qualified opponent.
A WIBC world champion is a true example to the youth of the world, in and out of the ring. Our champion is always committed to respect, support, and comply with the WIBC Constitution and its Rules & Regulations, and always carries the representation and world championship of the WIBC with sportsmanship, dignity, loyalty, and pride.
A WIBC world champion is a boxer who is true to their vocation, to the rules of the sport, and to their commitments… and is always a professional.
ARTICLE “C” EQUALITY OF RIGHTS
The WIBC shall be a governing body that sanctions championship title bouts dedicated to promote equal rights at all times in boxing, impartially, honestly, and fairly.
The WIBC shall engage in tireless efforts for the betterment of boxing all over the world as its goal.
The WIBC shall not accept any inequalities based on race, religion, politics, or nationality, and will further oppose all organisations and persons who advocate or conduct themselves so as to promote such inequalities of rights. It will be a prime objective of the WIBC to strive for equality in boxing and to fight against such conditions that damage the free practice of professional boxing, including discrimination on the basis of race, nationality, or religion by any country or organisation as unethical and contrary to the principles and spirit of the WIBC.
ARTICLE I – NAME AND NATURE OF THE ORGANISATION
The WIBC, incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia, USA after a meeting held there in 2004, shall be known as the WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL BOXING COUNCIL (“WIBC”), Inc. In May 2019 the stockholders met and it was affirmed to relocate the WIBC headquarters to the United Kingdom.
The WIBC is a for-profit entity dedicated to serving the sport of boxing and to implementing safety measures for the protection of all boxers.
Each member of the WIBC dedicates himself to the service of the sport of boxing as a vehicle of opportunity for the least fortunate in society.
Each member of the WIBC shall be dedicated in her or her service in all matters to the principle, “Only judge others as you wish to be judged.” Each championship bout certified by the WIBC shall be designated a “WIBC Championship”.
Every WIBC recognised champion, and every person involved in with matchmaking, promoting, and the conduct of WIBC recognised bouts, and all those who request certification of such bouts, understand and acknowledge that the right to the title and designation “WIBC Champion” is owned exclusively by the WIBC.
WIBC certification of a match as a “WIBC Championship” and the designation of “WIBC Champion” are privileges and not rights of any kind or nature, vested or otherwise, and all boxers, promoters, and their representatives must comply with the Constitution, Rules & Regulations, Championship Rules, and rulings of the WIBC in order to qualify for or maintain such certification or designation.
The WIBC World, the WIBC Youth World and Intercontinental Championships, the WIBC International Championships, the WIBC Asia Continental Championships, the WIBC Mediterranean Championships, the WIBC Continental, the WIBC Americas Championships, the WIBC Latino Championships, the WIBC European Championships, the WIBC United States Championships, and any other present or future title that is authorised to carry the WIBC name and certification, shall be subject to the terms of the paragraph.
2 ARTICLE II – PURPOSESThe purposes of the WIBC shall be as follows:
A. Uniform Control and Supervision of Boxing:
To promote and obtain efficiency and harmony in the control and supervision of professional men’s and women’s boxing throughout the world, through the development and implementation of uniform standards and rules applicable to the sport worldwide.
B. Develop and Institute Best Medical Standards:
To institute and develop the best available medical standards, procedures, and rules to ensure the safety of the boxers and of the sport.
C. Encouragement of Boxing as a Sport:
To encourage boxing as an activity conducive to physical fitness and as a sport that is a source of wholesome entertainment for the public.
D. Encouragement of Public Appreciation of Boxing:
To encourage greater public appreciation and patronage for the sport of boxing.
E. Promotion of Clean, Fair, and Equitable Competition:
To keep professional boxing, and all activities connected therewith, clean, fair, and equitable to all parties concerned.
F. Promotion of Boxers’ Safety and Welfare:
To make professional boxing as safe a sport as possible for boxers, and to promote their health and welfare.
G. Recognition of Champions:
To recognise the best boxer in each division as the champion of the world, having won such title in the ring, in compliance with all provisions of the Constitution and the Rules & Regulations of the WIBC.
H. Certification and Recognition of Championship and Elimination Bouts:
To certify and recognise championship bouts in each weight division for WIBC championships, provided that such bouts are held in compliance with the Constitution, and the Rules & Regulations, Championship Rules, and rulings of the WIBC.
I. Promotion of Competition in Boxing:
To promote, enhance, and establish quality competition in boxing, with WIBC-recognised champions defending their titles against qualified opponents on a regular basis.
J. Elimination of Discrimination in Boxing:
To prevent discrimination by reason of race, religion, or national origin, which is a despicable act towards human dignity and, as such, incompatible with the purposes and principles of the WIBC as embodied in the Constitution and the Rules & Regulations of the WIBC. Consequently, apartheid and/or discrimination is prohibited and shall be penalised accordingly.
K. Mediation to Resolve Controversies:
To mediate in controversies whenever and wherever possible, with the goal of making boxing a regulated and fair business, with ethical competition and respect for the rights of everyone involved.
L. Promotion of Cooperation and Respect among WIBC Members:
To ensure that mutual cooperation and respect is maintained among all members affiliated with the WIBC, respecting the decisions and territories of each other if applicable, and that the solutions created by the WIBC are applied uniformly around the world.
M. Advance and Reform Amateur Boxing:
To encourage, advance, and reform amateur boxing, as both a foundation to the sport of professional boxing and an activity to encourage health, physical fitness, good sportsmanship, and positive lifestyles in youth around the world, and to institute international amateur boxing tournaments in the best interests of the sport.
ARTICLE III – FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES
The WIBC shall have the following functions and duties:
A. Powers: The WIBC shall have all powers, duties, authorisations, and responsibilities generally accorded to a for profit corporation. In addition, but not by way of limitation, the WIBC shall have the power to enter into license agreements, own stock in for-profit corporations, and donate funds to charitable organisations. The Chairman of the WIBC shall always have the option to invoke an Executive Order by the powers bestowed upon him by the organising articles of the Corporation.
B. Promotion of the Best Interests of Boxing: To do all things conducive to attaining the purposes of the WIBC and the promotion of uniformity, safety, and fair competition in boxing throughout the world in the best interests of boxing, including:
1. Support proper training worldwide of boxers, trainers, ring doctors, ring officials, and affiliated commissioners in the proper techniques, tactics, training, physical conditioning, safe and scientific / medical weight loss, and other elements of the sport.
2. Endorsement, support, and adoption by the WIBC of worldwide standards for the protection of health and prevention of injuries in the sport, with a pledge to do everything within its power to foster and enhance the field of sports medicine and to employ the expertise in service of the best interests of boxers, the public, and boxing itself.
3. Endorsement, support, and adoption of a WIBC Worldwide Boxers Traveling License, including a yearly medical certificate and a boxer ID card to be carried by all boxers, which should contain their records of medical examinations and comments by the ringside physicians after every bout, as well as all additional information necessary for the strict supervision of the health and safety of traveling boxers throughout the world. The WIBC will also encourage the use of the Internet World Wide Web and other future technologies to make information regarding boxers’ health available to authorities around the world.
C. Establish Weight Divisions:
To establish and/or recognise the champions in weight divisions with the following limits:
Minimum-weight 105 47.727
Light Flyweight 108 48.988
Flyweight 112 50.802
Super Flyweight 115 52.163
Bantamweight 118 53.524
Super Bantamweight 122 55.338
Featherweight 126 57.153
Super Featherweight 130 58.967
Lightweight 135 61.235
Super Lightweight 140 63.503
Welterweight 147 66.678
Super Welterweight 154 69.853
Middleweight 160 72.575
Super Middleweight 168 76.364
Light Heavyweight 175 79.379
Cruiserweight 200. 90.892
Heavyweight over 200 over 90.892 with no upper limit
D. Establishment of Ratings:
To establish and promote ratings each month in each weight division, and to recognise an outstanding boxer or boxers monthly and annually.
E. Adoption of Rules, Regulations, and Standards:
To prescribe the rules and regulations that will govern every championship or elimination bout, and to establish rules and standards for the conduct and scoring of every boxing contest in order to attain uniformity throughout the sport.
F. Mediation in Disputes:
To act upon, decide, settle, and mediate in disputes between member federations, boards or commissions, boxers, managers, promoters, and other licensed boxing people, and other disputes and appeals that may arise in the sport of boxing, whenever the local commission, board, or member federation shall have been unable to resolve them, as well as to mediate in any disputes involving the WIBC or any of its champions, challengers, or their managers, promoters, or other interested parties.
G. Resolution of Grievances and Appeals:
To resolve grievances and appeals as they arise in the sport of boxing, according to the provisions of Rule 5 of the WIBC Rules & Regulations.
H. Coordination of the WIBC with Commissions and Member Federations:
To coordinate all activities and actions of member federations and commissions worldwide, so that all actions of the WIBC regarding suspensions, revocations of licenses, and other penalties or sanctions enforced lawfully by member federations or commissions against any boxer, manager, trainer, or other boxing person shall be enforced and respected through the world.
J. Withdrawal or Suspension of Recognition:
To suspend or withdraw WIBC recognition from any champion and challenger for any violation of the Constitution, the Rules & Regulations, or the rulings of the WIBC, or for such other cause which, in the opinion and discretion of the WIBC Executive Committee, justifies such suspension or withdrawal of recognition.
ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS; EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES
5 A. Term of Office:
Elections of the WIBC’s Officers will be appointed by a majority stockholders every year at the annual convention, or in lieu of the convention at the end of each calendar year.
B. Eligibility of Elective Voting Representatives:
C. Executive Positions:
The voting elective representatives, which includes the representatives of the member federations, shall elect all officers below the office of President. The Chairman maintains Executive Power to invoke an Executive Order in a first ballot, and up to seven (7) Vice Presidents in a second ballot.
D. Elective Officers:
Upon the election of the Vice Presidents, the President may nominate the following additional officers: the Secretary General; Executive Director; up to nine (9) International Secretaries; the Treasurer, up to two (2) General Advisors at Large, and the Honorary Lifetime Vice Presidents, all of whom will be elected by the majority voting of the full WIBC Executive Committee, including the representatives of the affiliated federations, the President, and the elected Vice Presidents.
E. Special Elections:
The Secretary General, or if none is then appointed or available, the Executive Director if one has been named, will become the interim successor of the President if he becomes permanently incapacitated, and shall submit to the Chairman a list of qualified successors for him to review and submit to the WIBC stockholders within on or before ninety (90) days after the incapacitation. The successor President shall be elected by the majority voting of the WIBC stockholders. Any vacancies in the officers or Board other than the President may be filled by a special election called by the President. Any successor shall be elected by the majority voting of the full WIBC Executive Committee. Voting may be conducted in person or in writing, by electronic mail, or by telephone.
The duties, functions, and powers specified in the Constitution and the Rules & Regulations of the WIBC shall be exercised by the WIBC Executive Committee.
1. The WIBC Executive Committee will consist of the President-should he be available to serve-, the Secretary General, up to seven (7) Vice Presidents, up to nine (9) International Secretaries, the Treasurer, any former Presidents, up to seven (7) Executive Lifetime Honorary Vice Presidents; up to two (2) General Advisors at Large; the Chief Legal Counsel and Executive Director, each of whom will not have the right to vote; and the two (2) voting representatives of each affiliated federation. The WIBC Executive Committee may elect from the sitting Vice Presidents a Senior Vice President, who shall have such powers and status as the President and such Vice Presidents shall agree.
2. The Executive Council of the WIBC (the “Executive Council”)-when formed- shall consist of such senior members and distinguished dignitaries and honoured citizens from different countries of the world as shall be nominated by the President and approved by the WIBC Chairman. Their responsibility will be to act as a special advisory board to the WIBC and its Presidency, assist the WIBC in organising events and support in their respective countries, and represent the WIBC as ambassadors worldwide.
3. The WIBC Executive Committee shall consist of the President-if available, the Secretary General, the Vice Presidents, the Treasurer, the Chief Legal Counsel, and the Chairmen of Committees, and shall attend to all matters related to the general administration of the WIBC.
G. Voting Procedures:
Unless otherwise provided for in the Constitution or the WIBC Rules & Regulations, after a voting has been called by the President, a simple majority vote of the WIBC Executive Committee shall be sufficient for the taking of any action or promulgation of any decision.
Any reference in the Constitution or WIBC Rules & Regulations to a vote by the majority of the WIBC Executive Committee shall mean, after a voting called by the President, a vote by the majority of total votes cast by all members of the WIBC Executive Committee, even though one or more of such members abstain or otherwise fail to cast a vote, provided that a quorum of the WIBC Executive Committee has voted.
Any reference to a 2/3 vote of the WIBC Executive Committee shall likewise mean 2/3 vote of the total votes cast by all members of the WIBC Executive Committee (or such lesser number of members permitted to vote as provided hereunder), even though one or more such members abstain or otherwise fail to cast a vote, provided that a quorum of the WIBC Executive Committee has voted.
Voting by written proxy, i.e., giving one’s vote to another, is not permitted under these ordinary voting procedures. The only exception to the rule is upon the occasion of a Convention or other in-person meeting in which a quorum of the WIBC Executive Committee is physically present, in which case an affirmative or 2/3 vote by the majority of the WIBC Executive Committee shall mean a majority or 2/3, respectively, of all members present, including any member who may abstain or otherwise fail to cast a vote.
Unless otherwise provided for in the Constitution or the WIBC Rules & Regulations, only the two (2) members of the WIBC Executive Committee from each member federation, the Secretary General, the Treasurer, the Vice Presidents, the General Advisors at Large, the International Secretaries, and any former Presidents, shall be permitted to vote on all matters, with the President voting only in the event of a tie or for a tie.
However, the WIBC stockholders may override such should he/she feel that such is not in the best interest of the WIBC.
H. Emergency Voting:
If, in the exercise of her discretion, the President determines that it is necessary and appropriate to take an immediate vote concerning a particular matter the resolution of which requires prompt and expeditious consideration, then such an immediate vote may be taken with or without a meeting and in accordance with the procedures established in paragraph I. below.
In the event of a meeting, thee will be a quorum when the President or the Secretary General or Executive Director, on her behalf, and five (5) of the nine (9) member federations are represented either by their Presidents or by duly proxied representatives, with the President (or the Secretary General or Executive Director, on her behalf) voting only in the event of a tie or for a tie.
Emergency voting may be conducted in writing, by electronic mail, or by telephone. Voting members may be polled collectively or individually by the President or her designee.
If the matter is deemed immediately necessary for resolution by the President without sufficient time to call upon the WIBC Executive Committee, the President at her discretion may defer to the WIBC Chairman who may invoke Executive Action for resolution.
I. Voting System:
All voting requests to the WIBC Executive Committee shall be called by the President or, in her absence or at her direction, by the Secretary General or other designee on her behalf. Such voting requests may be sent by the President directly or her designee, or through the WIBC Executive Office. Voting may be conducted in writing, by electronic mail, or by telephone. All votes shall be returned by the voting members of the WIBC Executive Committee directly to the WIBC Executive Office or to the President upon her request. Any member of the WIBC Executive Committee who requests her vote to be made known to the WIBC Executive Committee, shall request it directly to the WIBC Executive Office, which will have the obligation to do so.
J. Voting Time Limits:
In the absence of a meeting of the WIBC Executive Committee, each member must give her vote on any matter submitted to a vote by the President or Secretary General within four (4) days after receipt of the request for such a vote, unless a shorter time for response is required and requested, subject to reasonable extensions provided in the discretion of the President or Secretary General under the facts and circumstances of each case. If not received, the President shall exercise her powers and cast the vote as he deems fit.
ARTICLE V – MEMBERSHIP
A. Exclusive Membership:
All members of the WIBC Executive Committee and all members of the various WIBC committees shall be not be an officer or member of any working committee of any other international sanctioning organisation or regional organisation not affiliated with the WIBC.
B. Classes of Membership and Dues:
The following classes of WIBC membership shall exist: 1. Affiliated Member Federations. The WIBC is comprised of the following affiliated member federations: International Boxing Union (IBU), World Athletic Association (WAA) and the World Boxing Union (WBU) and such other federations as may be considered necessary for professional boxing and duly admitted to the WIBC in accordance with the Constitution.
Boxing commissions may form a federation in their respective area and such newly-formed federation may apply for WIBC membership, provided that the new federation does not include any area covered by an existing member federation (except countries that do not abide by the Constitution and the Rules & Regulations, Championship Rules, and rulings of the WIBC).
A federation must be a regional or national boxing sanctioning body to be eligible for admission as a member of the WIBC and to be represented on the WIBC Executive Committee as such, provided however, that the provision shall not apply to any of the existing affiliated federations.
The WIBC will give absolute respect to the boxing commissions and sanctioning bodies of each country in each of its member federations, except countries that do not abide by the Constitution and the Rules & Regulations, Championship Rules, and rulings of the WIBC. The annual membership dues for each continental federation or sanctioning body shall be as established from time to time by the WIBC Executive Committee.
The membership dues of any affiliated federation or sanctioning body may be waived by the WIBC Executive Committee of the WIBC if the WIBC Executive Committee, in its sole discretion, believes such federation or sanctioning body will use such funds to cover the cost of such federation’s or sanctioning body’s participation in the WIBC or under other special circumstances.
Each member federation or sanctioning body shall have the right to one (1) vote on any matter presented for a vote to the membership of the WIBC. Each member federation or sanctioning body shall have the exclusive authority to determine who will cast the one (1) vote of the member federation or sanctioning body.
Any federation or sanctioning body not affiliated with the WIBC may be provisionally accepted to membership by a 2/3rd vote of the WIBC Executive Committee, provided that the federation or sanctioning body has fulfilled the requirements for eligibility set forth herein.
The federation or sanctioning body will be officially accepted for membership only during an annual or special WIBC convention or special vote as mandated by the WIBC President. An official representative of the federation or sanctioning body seeking membership in the WIBC must be present at such convention or meeting.
2. WIBC Executive Committee:
All members of the WIBC Executive Committee shall be members of the WIBC at no charge.
3. None-voting Members:
8 a. Ring Officials:
Ring Officials shall be certified and approved members of the WIBC and abide by its Constitution, Rules & Regulations, and Ring Officials Code of Ethics.
b. Special Associate Members:
Individual boxing commissions and commissioners, sanctioning body officers as well as managers, trainers, and representatives may become Special Associate Members of the WIBC. Boxing commissioners and commissions and sanctioning body officers who wish to participate in the affairs of the WIBC may join under such fees and conditions as the WIBC may establish from time to time, and their membership will entitle them to participate in a non-voting capacity in WIBC conventions, congresses, and seminars, as well as receive WIBC bulletins and communications on WIBC activities.
c. Associate Members:
Boxing fans and any members of the general public interested in the sport of boxing may become associate general members of the WIBC. The annual dues for an associate general membership in the WIBC shall be established by the WIBC from time to time.
d. Members of the Media:
Any member of the media desiring membership in the WIBC may become a member at no charge. All nonvoting members are entitled to a voice in the annual convention, and to request materials from and participation in the activities of the WIBC.
C. Membership Obligations:
The acceptance of the WIBC membership binds the member to abide by all of the conditions of the Constitution and Rules & Regulations of the WIBC, and to accept and enforce all decisions of the general membership and the WIBC Executive Committee, subject only to any conflicting requirements that may be imposed by law of the member’s jurisdiction.
D. Suspension, Expulsion, or Lesser Penalties for Non-Adherence or Breach of the WIBC Constitution, Rules and Regulations, or Rulings:
The WIBC shall have the right to suspend for a definite or indefinite period of time, or, depending upon the circumstances, expel, impose a fine, or otherwise penalise any member of the WIBC, any boxer, promoter, matchmaker, manager, or any other person or organisation participating in the activities of the WIBC, if such person or organisation:
- Contravenes any terms of the Constitution, Rules & Regulations, or rulings of the WIBC;
2. Makes an affirmative misrepresentation or actively conceals material facts from the WIBC or any of its officers or committees;
3. Makes or publishes any false or defamatory statements concerning the WIBC or its officers;
4. Materially breaches contractual commitments relating to the WIBC, or while conducting activities in the sport of boxing;
5. Is charged and convicted of a criminal offence; or
6. Acts in any other manner which tends to bring disrepute upon the WIBC, its officers, or the sport of boxing.
E. Loss of Membership:
A boxing commission or board or sanctioning body will lose its membership in the WIBC if it ceases to be affiliated with a member federation or body or may be removed, with or without cause, by vote of WIBC Executive Committee. Any other member may be expelled from membership in the WIBC, with or without cause, by a vote of the WIBC Executive Committee or the WIBC Chairman.
9 ARTICLE VI – ADMINISTRATION
The officers of the WIBC shall consist of the President, up to seven (7) Vice Presidents, the Secretary General, the Executive Director, the Treasurer, up to nine (9) International Secretaries, up to two (2) Counselors at Large, the Chief Legal Counsel, the former Presidents, and the Chairmen of permanent committees.
Each officer must be a member of a member affiliated federation or sanctioning body or an active national, state, provincial, county, or local boxing council, commission, board or federation in good standing with the WIBC, unless the proposed officer has been a member of the WIBC Executive Committee for at least eight (8) years or has served as a boxing commissioner in any capacity for no less than four (4) years, and is appointed by majority vote of the WIBC Executive Committee upon nomination by the President and approved by the WIBC Chairman.
Funds of the WIBC shall be expended according to an annual budget, which shall be prepared by the Treasurer, and which shall be approved by the Finance Committee or in lieu of the President of the WIBC.
C. Official Decisions:
Any action or position voiced or taken individually by any officer shall not be construed as the position or action of the WIBC, unless approved by a majority vote of the WIBC Executive Committee, other than actions of the President pursuant to her power and authority to act in the best interests of boxing under the Constitution and the WIBC Rules & Regulations or the WIBC Chairman who acts in the best interests of the stockholders of the WIBC.
D. Vice Presidents:
The Vice-Presidential positions shall whenever possible be occupied by persons from different member federations or sanctioning bodies in order to provide a broad basis for representation.
E. General Advisors at Large:
The General Advisors at Large shall be respected professionals and/or general boxing experts nominated by the President and elected as voting members of the WIBC Executive Committee to hold office for the remaining scheduled yearly calendar term.
F. Chief Legal Counsel:
The Chief Legal Counsel, who may be designated as either Chief Special Counsel or General Counsel, if appropriate, shall be nominated by the President and approved by majority vote of the WIBC Executive Committee with final approval by the WIBC Chairman. The Chief Legal Counsel shall be a practicing attorney at law admitted to the bar of a country affiliated with a member federation or sanctioning body or the personal choice of the President or WIBC Chairman. The Chief Legal Counsel shall sit on the WIBC Executive Committee but shall have no vote.
G. International Secretaries:
The International Secretaries shall be boxing experts of long standing and shall be nominated by the President and approved by a majority vote of the WIBC Executive Committee to hold office for the remaining scheduled term of each calendar year.
The Treasurer shall be appointed by the President and approved by a majority vote of the WIBC Executive Committee with final approval of the WIBC Chairman to hold office for the remaining scheduled calendar term.
I. Commencement of Duties and Removal:
All officers shall assume the duties of their respective positions immediately upon their designation or appointment. The President may be removed from office by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the WIBC stockholders. The Vice-Presidents, and all other officers of the WIBC may be removed from office by a two-thirds (2/3rds) vote of all members of the WIBC Executive Committee.
J. Maximum Voting Rights:
In the event that a Vice-President of the WIBC is also the president or a voting representative of her continental federation, then she shall have one (1) vote in any vote of the WIBC Executive Committee, and her continental federation shall appoint the other two (2) representatives eligible to vote on behalf of the federation. In the event of a meeting in which such federation has only one (1) other representative present, such Vice-President shall have two (2) votes, one (1) in her capacity as Vice-President, and the other on behalf of her federation. If such federation has no other representatives present, such Vice-President shall vote the two (2) votes of her federation, but shall not be entitled to an additional vote as Vice-President.
K. Officer Appointments:
All other officers of the WIBC shall be appointed by the President, subject to the approval of the WIBC Executive Committee and the WIBC Chairman.
ARTICLE VII – POWERS AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS
The President shall have all the obligations, rights, and duties customary to her position and all such power and authority as shall be granted to her pursuant to the Constitution and the WIBC Rules & Regulations, including the following:
1. She shall have full power and authority to interpret the Constitution and the WIBC Rules & Regulations, and to issue and apply such rulings as she shall in her sole discretion deem to be in the best interests of boxing with the approval of the WIBC Chairman.
2. She shall be the official representative and spokesman of the WIBC with respect to final decisions of the WIBC Executive Committee or other matters related to the WIBC.
3. She shall appoint as many committees as she deems necessary, with the approval of the WIBC Executive Committee with final approval by the WIBC Chairman. Such committees will report directly to her, and their decisions are subject to the WIBC President’s approval, unless such committee decision is supported by 2/3 of the votes of the WIBC Executive Committee with the ability of veto by the WIBC Chairman as he/she represents the best interests of the WIBC stockholders.
4. She shall have the right to appoint judges and referees and the WIBC representatives to all WIBC certified contests, and will have the right to agree on such with the local boxing commissions.
5. She shall resolve, without seeking a vote, all routine matters, based on the Constitution and the WIBC Rules & Regulations.
6. She is authorised to announce any action when the required votes of the WIBC Executive Committee have been received approving such action.
7. She shall have all rights and responsibilities attendant to her position, with the understanding that she is the representative of the affiliated member federations and sanctioning bodies, which are the supreme authority of the WIBC, acting through the WIBC Executive Committee but maintaining the authority to recommend to the WIBC Chairman the right to invoke Executive Order action as she deems necessary.
8. She shall mediate in matters of controversy, at the request of the parties, or at her discretion, when it is deemed convenient to help resolve such controversies and problems.
9. She shall present a report at world and regional conventions and at any other time requested by the WIBC Executive Committee.
10. She shall organise and supervise the functions and work of the officers and committees that he appoints and she will be responsible to the highest authority in the WIBC, the WIBC Executive Committee.
11. She will be responsible to represent or appoint representatives to any activity related to the WIBC with final approval by the WIBC Chairman.
12. She shall be empowered to use her office and best efforts to pursue commercial affiliations toward the ends of: promulgating a positive image of the sport of boxing generally, and the WIBC specifically; garnering funds to support the objectives of the WIBC in boxing safety; aiding promoters with WIBC-sanctioned events, work diligently to get the best boxers and the best fights to be under the WIBC auspices, and increasing public awareness of the sport as well as of the WIBC.
The duties and responsibilities of the Vice Presidents include acting as substitute for the President and/or other Vice-Presidents when necessary and to perform all activities duly designated by the President.
They will be responsible for strengthening the position, participation, and image of the WIBC in the countries of the member federations or affiliated sanctioning bodies that they represent, as the highest WIBC officer in her area.
C. Secretary General:
The Secretary General shall be nominated by the President and elected by and be a member of the WIBC Executive Committee, and shall hold office for the remaining scheduled term of the President.
The Secretary General shall be the officer who supports the President in the accomplishment of her responsibilities either directly and/or through the Permanent Secretariat or the Executive Office located in the country of the President; she shall report to the President and shall:
1. Act on matters in representation of the President and the WIBC Executive Office; and
2. Supervise activities including purse offer bids and WIBC Executive Committee voting pertaining to the business and activities of the WIBC.
3. When requested by the President, she shall distribute ballots, receive votes, and report them to the President and WIBC Executive Committee, under control at the WIBC Executive Office and/or on her own.
4. Be in charge of distribution and amendments to the WIBC Constitution and Rules & Regulations.
5. Assist the President to administer and control the meetings at world conventions.
6. Perform all responsibilities attendant to her position, and, in case of a vacancy in the position, or incapacity of the President, organise a meeting of the member federations and sanctioning bodies to recommend the election of a successor to the WIBC Chairman, within ninety (90) days of the day on which the vacancy or incapacity occurs.
The meeting will be chaired by the Secretary General or in lieu of, the person designated by the President, who will have no vote except in the case of a tie.
D. Executive Director:
An Executive Director may be nominated by the President and elected by WIBC Executive Committee with final approval by the WIBC Chairman to hold office for the remaining scheduled term of the President. If elected, the Executive Director shall be the officer responsible for the general administration of the WIBC at the direction of the President, and shall supervise and have authority over the Permanent Secretariat and/or Executive Office of the WIBC as the President shall determine. The Executive Director shall have such duties and powers as shall be assigned or delegated by the President or provided for under the Constitution.
The Treasurer shall:
1. Supervise and control the financial affairs of the WIBC, including income and expenses, and prepare an annual budget for approval by the WIBC Finance Committee with final approval by the WIBC Chairman.
2. Prepare and present to the President and the Finance Committee a budget for expenses relating to the annual conventions.
3. Prepare and present to the President and the Finance Committee, within six (6) months after the annual or regional convention, an accounting of the actual expenses incurred and paid by the WIBC relating to the convention.
4. Sign WIBC operating account checks in amounts of US$3,000.00 or less.
5. Countersign checks with a designee of the President, for excess of US$3,000.00
6. Reimburse all expenses made by the Chairman or President, members of the WIBC Executive Committee, officers, and other persons who represent the WIBC in any activity, including but not limited to insurance as given final approval of the WIBC Chairman.
7. Register the WIBC account on the Treasury Departments of the nations where the WIBC has financial business, where required.
8. File tax returns to the fiscal authorities where applicable.
9. Perform all additional duties and responsibilities attendant to the office of the Treasurer.
F. Chief Legal Counsel:
The Chief Legal Counsel shall be, along with the President, the official legal recipient of legal matters and will be the direct major counselor to the President and the WIBC Executive Committee. He or she will be in communication with and direct the other WIBC Legal Counselors, as well as perform the corresponding responsibilities with copies of all sent immediately to the WIBC Chairman.
G. Legal Counselors:
The Legal Counselors will advise the President and WIBC Executive Committee on all matters concerning the interpretation of the Constitution and the WIBC Rules & Regulations. They will not be voting members of the WIBC Executive Committee and will represent the WIBC in all judicial and administrative matters, in coordination with the Chief Legal Counsel.
H. International Secretaries. The International Secretaries shall be members of the WIBC Executive Committee and shall be charged with the implementation of the Rules & Regulations and international supervision of WIBC programs, as well as specific responsibilities, plans, and programs as designated by the President.
I. The WIBC Executive Office. The WIBC Executive Office shall be staffed by the Executive Director and such other staff employees as the administration of the WIBC requires. They shall report to the President and their function shall be the administration of all WIBC businesses.
ARTICLE VIII – COMMITTEES
The WIBC shall have such committees as are deemed necessary and appointed by the President. Each committee shall have a chairman, who will be appointed by the President and approved by the WIBC Executive Committee. Among others, the WIBC shall have the following permanent committees: Finance; Legal; Medical Advisory Board; Membership; Ratings; and Ring Officials; as well as such other committees that the President and the WIBC Executive Committee may deem necessary. Each committee will have a vice-chairman from an affiliated federation or sanctioning body. The permanent committees shall have the following structures and duties:
A. Finance Committee:
Will consist of such members, including the Chairman, as shall be appointed by the WIBC President with the approval of the WIBC Executive Committee. The functions of the Finance Committee will be:
1. To review and approve the year budget and other financial plans of the WIBC;
2. To review and approve non-budgeted expenses of the WIBC;
3. To produce programs to generate revenues in order to support and promote the WIBC and its activities.
4. To arrange special events to raise such funds as may be required;
5. To meet at least once a year to review financial matters of the WIBC; and
6. To have the authority to supervise and audit the accounting records under the responsibility of the Treasurer.
B. Medical Advisory Board:
Shall advise the WIBC on all matters pertaining to the health and safety of boxers, and shall advise boxing federations and affiliated sanctioning bodies to the extent possible, of all preferred and/or necessary procedures to enhance the safety of boxers, and shall execute any medical program of research and development to find the safest way for the protection and treatment of injuries of boxers.
C. Membership Committee:
Shall be responsible for current member updating, as well as enforcement of membership procedures, issuance of credentials, collection of fees, and recruitment of new members. It shall also present an administrative and financial report to the President’s designee upon request of the President.
D. Ratings Committee:
Will promulgate the monthly ratings based on monthly bout results, as well as the ratings standards and additional criteria approved by the WIBC Executive Committee. The committee will name the Boxer of the Month and will recommend the Boxer of the Year to be named by the WIBC Executive Committee, with a majority voting. It will also recommend the Fight of the Year to the WIBC Executive Committee, but the accolade is restricted to WIBC-recognised world championships, as they are the only bouts which will be viewed by a number of the members of the WIBC and WIBC Executive Committee, and which are conducted under the supervision, Constitution, and Rules & Regulations of the WIBC. Each federation and affiliated sanctioning body shall have a representative on the Ratings Committee. A member of the committee who is also a voting member of the WIBC Executive Committee will not exercise her voting right when ratings are voted on during the annual or regional convention.
E. Ring Officials Committee:
The Ring Officials Committee shall promote and strive for uniformity and enhancement of the standards of all officials; coordinate world seminars on officiating, and issue certificates to WIBC qualified and approved officials, as well as other related matters. The remaining committees whose functions are not specifically set forth shall have those duties as are assigned from time to time by the President.
ARTICLE IX – EXECUTIVE OFFICE
The executive office of the WIBC shall be in the city and country of residence of the President, with the Permanent Secretariat of the WIBC being in United States of America until designated otherwise by the Chairman.
ARTICLE X – MEETINGS
A. Annual Meetings:
The WIBC Executive Committee and the general membership shall meet at least once a year to review, amend, and vote on any and all matters related to professional boxing within the WIBC.
B. Special Meetings:
Between annual and regional conventions, depending on the convenience and ability of its members, the WIBC Executive Committee (or a quorum of its members as provided in Article IV. may meet on such dates and in such places, as the President shall designate, subject to the consent of the majority of the members of the WIBC Executive Committee. Meetings may be held in person or by teleconference.
C. Date and Place of Meetings:
The President, or her designee on behalf of the President, shall set the date and place of all meetings.
In all meetings or votes of the entire WIBC Executive Committee, a quorum shall consist of a simple majority of all members of the Board (a minimum of half plus one).
ARTICLE XI – EXPRESS AGREEMENT
All parties involved in reaching an agreement as to a WIBC contest shall fully accept and agree to abide by the Constitution and the Rules & Regulations, Championship Rules and rulings of the WIBC. Regardless of whether or not such document has been executed and returned to the WIBC, all boxers, managers, promoters, trainers, and all other parties transacting business with the WIBC are deemed to expressly agree to be bound by and comply with the Constitution, Rules & Regulations, Championship Rules, and all rulings of the WIBC in all matters pertaining to the conduct of such business, in order to participate in any dealings with the WIBC. The expression of any party of a lack of knowledge of the WIBC Constitution, Rules & Regulations, or Championship rules will not be a cause for any exception in regard to the rule. The WIBC Constitution, Rules & Regulations, and Championship Rules are available on the WIBC web page on the Internet. Upon request to the WIBC Executive Offices, a copy of the WIBC Constitution, Rules & Regulations, and Championship Rules will be furnished.
ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS
Amendments to the Constitution shall be made only upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3rds) of the WIBC Executive Committee or by the Executive Order action of the Chairman if necessary. Each proposal for amendment shall be submitted to the voting members of the WIBC Executive Committee at an annual convention, or by any of the alternate voting procedures outlined in Article IV.7.
REVISED, AMENDED, AND APPROVED BY THE WIBC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AS OF 01 MAY 2019