CHAPTER 532a

BOXING AND MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

Table of Contents

Sec. 29-143i. (Formerly Sec. 21a-195a). Connecticut Boxing Commission.

Sec. 29-143j. (Formerly Sec. 21a-196). Jurisdiction of Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection. Investigation and inspection. Licensing fees. Registration. Regulations.

Sec. 29-143k. (Formerly Sec. 21a-197). Amateur boxing matches regulated.

Sec. 29-143l. (Formerly Sec. 21a-198). Issuance of license. Bond. Revocation of license.

Sec. 29-143m. (Formerly Sec. 21a-199). Reports of matches. Payment of tax.

Sec. 29-143n. (Formerly Sec. 21a-200). Examination as to receipts and tax due. Sanctions for delinquency.

Sec. 29-143o. (Formerly Sec. 21a-201). Penalty for sale of more than seating capacity.

Sec. 29-143p. (Formerly Sec. 21a-202). Price of admission to be published.

Sec. 29-143q. (Formerly Sec. 21a-203). Duration of matches. Attendance of approved referee.

Sec. 29-143r. (Formerly Sec. 21a-203a). Selection and licensing of referees.

Sec. 29-143s. (Formerly Sec. 21a-204). Boxing and mixed martial arts matches prohibited on certain days.

Sec. 29-143t. (Formerly Sec. 21a-205). Boxers and competitors to be examined by physician. Costs.

Sec. 29-143u. (Formerly Sec. 21a-206). Special privileges or discrimination.

Sec. 29-143v. (Formerly Sec. 21a-207). Age limitation for boxers and competitors.

Sec. 29-143w. (Formerly Sec. 21a-208). Betting prohibited.

Sec. 29-143x. (Formerly Sec. 21a-209). Admission of persons under eighteen to boxing or mixed martial arts match restricted.

Sec. 29-143y. (Formerly Sec. 21a-210). Effect of local ordinance prohibiting boxing or mixed martial arts matches.

Sec. 29-143z. (Formerly Sec. 21a-211). Penalty.

Sec. 29-143aa. Liability for health care costs.


Sec. 29-143i. (Formerly Sec. 21a-195a). Connecticut Boxing Commission. (a) There is established the Connecticut Boxing Commission which shall be within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. The commission shall consist of nine members, three to be appointed by the Governor, one to be appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, one to be appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, one to be appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives, one to be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate, one to be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives and one to be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate. The initial appointments to the commission shall be made not later than November 1, 1998. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (c) of section 4-9a, the terms of each member of the commission shall be coterminous with the term of the appointing authority or until a successor is chosen, whichever is later. The appointing authority shall fill any vacancy for the unexpired portion of the term. Members of the commission shall receive no compensation for their services. The commission shall hold at least one meeting each quarter.

(b) The commission shall make recommendations to the Governor, the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection and the General Assembly, upon the request thereof or at such time or times as the commission may determine, to encourage, develop and promote the sport of boxing in this state. Such recommendations shall include, but not be limited to: (1) Identifying any legal or administrative impediments to the development of the sport of boxing in this state; (2) identifying ways to improve state and local services designed to support and promote boxing; (3) identifying ways of developing young boxers through amateur boxing clubs and other programs; (4) developing strategies to assist promoters of small-scale professional boxing events and to aid in the development of a market for large-scale professional boxing events in this state; and (5) developing ways to protect the health and safety of participants in boxing.

(P.A. 98-117, S. 13; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(c), (d); P.A. 04-169, S. 17; 04-189, S. 1; P.A. 06-187, S. 25; P.A. 11-51, S. 134.)

History: June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 and P.A. 04-169 replaced Commissioner and Department of Consumer Protection with Commissioner and Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 04-189 repealed Sec. 146 of June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, thereby reversing the merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective June 1, 2004; P.A. 06-187 amended Subsec. (a) to replace “Connecticut Boxing Promotion Commission” with “Connecticut Boxing Commission”, changed references in Subsecs. (a) and (b) from Commissioner of Consumer Protection to Commissioner of Public Safety, and amended Subsec. (b) to delete reference to Commissioner of Economic and Community Development and add Subdiv. (5) re protection of boxer’s health and safety; Sec. 21a-195a transferred to Sec. 29-143i in 2007; pursuant to P.A. 11-51, “Commissioner of Public Safety” and “Department of Public Safety” were changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection” and “Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection”, respectively, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 29-143j. (Formerly Sec. 21a-196). Jurisdiction of Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection. Investigation and inspection. Licensing fees. Registration. Regulations. (a) As used in this chapter, “commissioner” means the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection and “mixed martial arts” means unarmed combat involving the use of a combination of techniques from different disciplines of the martial arts and includes grappling, kicking, jujitsu and striking.

(b) The commissioner shall have sole control of and jurisdiction over all amateur and professional boxing and sparring matches and all amateur and professional mixed martial arts matches held, conducted or given within the state by any person or persons, club, corporation or association, except amateur boxing, sparring and mixed martial arts matches held under the supervision of any school, college or university having an academic course of study or of the recognized athletic association connected with such school, college or university or amateur boxing, sparring and mixed martial arts matches held under the auspices of any amateur athletic association that has been determined by the commissioner to be capable of ensuring the health and safety of the participants; provided the commissioner may at any time assume jurisdiction over any amateur boxing, sparring or mixed martial arts match if the commissioner determines that the health and safety of the participants is not being sufficiently safeguarded. The commissioner may appoint inspectors who shall, on the order of the commissioner, represent the commissioner at all boxing or mixed martial arts matches. The commissioner may appoint a secretary who shall prepare for service such notices and papers as may be required and perform such other duties as the commissioner directs.

(c) The commissioner or the commissioner’s authorized representative may cause a full investigation to be made of the location of, and paraphernalia and equipment to be used in any boxing, sparring or mixed martial arts match and all other matters and shall determine whether or not such match will be reasonably safe for the participants and for public attendance and may make reasonable orders concerning alterations or betterments to the equipment and paraphernalia, and concerning the character and arrangement of the seating, means of egress, lighting, firefighting appliances, fire and police protection and such other provisions as shall make the match reasonably safe against both fire and casualty hazards.

(d) When any serious physical injury, as defined in subdivision (4) of section 53a-3, or death occurs in connection with a boxing, sparring or mixed martial arts match, the owner of the location of the match shall, not later than four hours after such occurrence, report the injury or death to the commissioner or the commissioner’s designee. Not later than four hours after receipt of such report, the commissioner or the commissioner’s designee shall cause an investigation of the occurrence to determine the cause of such serious physical injury or death. The commissioner or the commissioner’s designee may enter into any place or upon any premises so registered or licensed in furtherance of such investigation and inspection.

(e) The commissioner, in consultation with the Connecticut Boxing Commission, shall adopt such regulations in accordance with chapter 54 as the commissioner deems necessary and desirable for the conduct, supervision and safety of boxing matches, including the licensing of the sponsors and the participants of such boxing matches, and for the development and promotion of the sport of boxing in this state, including, but not limited to, regulations to improve the competitiveness of the sport of boxing in this state relative to other states. Such regulations shall require fees for the issuance of licenses to such sponsors and participants as follows: (1) For referees, a fee of not less than one hundred twenty-six dollars; (2) for matchmakers and assistant matchmakers, a fee of not less than one hundred twenty-six dollars; (3) for timekeepers, a fee of not less than twenty-six dollars; (4) for professional boxers, a fee of not less than twenty-six dollars; (5) for amateur boxers, a fee of not less than fifteen dollars; (6) for managers, a fee of not less than one hundred twenty-six dollars; (7) for trainers, a fee of not less than twenty-six dollars; (8) for seconds, a fee of not less than twenty-six dollars; (9) for announcers, a fee of not less than twenty-six dollars; and (10) for promoters, a fee of not less than three hundred fifteen dollars.

(f) No organization, gymnasium or independent club shall host a sparring match unless such organization, gymnasium or independent club registers with the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection in accordance with this subsection. The commissioner shall register any organization, gymnasium or independent club that the commissioner deems qualified to host such matches. Application for such registration shall be made on forms provided by the department and accompanied by a fee of one hundred dollars. For the purpose of enforcing the provisions of this chapter, the commissioner or an authorized representative may inspect the facility of any such organization, gymnasium or independent club. The Attorney General, at the request of the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, may apply in the name of the state of Connecticut to the Superior Court for an order temporarily or permanently restraining any organization, gymnasium or independent club from operating in violation of any provision of this chapter or the regulations adopted pursuant to this subsection. The commissioner, in consultation with the Connecticut Boxing Commission, shall adopt such regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, as the commissioner deems necessary for the conduct, supervision and safety of sparring matches.

(g) The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to regulate the conduct, supervision and safety of mixed martial arts matches, including the licensing of the sponsors of and the participants in such matches, and to set a reasonable fee for the issuance of licenses to such sponsors and participants.

(h) The state, acting by and in the discretion of the commissioner, may enter into a contract with any person for the services of such person acting as an inspector appointed in accordance with the provisions of this section.

(1949 Rev., S. 3508; 1959, P.A. 412, S. 32; February, 1965, P.A. 617, S. 1; 1967, P.A. 656, S. 18; 787, S. 2; 1972, P.A. 55, S. 1; P.A. 73-393; P.A. 80-137, S. 1; P.A. 82-53, S. 1, 4; P.A. 84-344, S. 3, 11; P.A. 85-157, S. 1, 9; 85-293, S. 1; P.A. 88-230, S. 1, 12; P.A. 89-251, S. 155, 203; P.A. 90-98, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-142, S. 4, 7, 8; P.A. 95-220, S. 4–6; P.A. 96-259, S. 12; P.A. 98-117, S. 1; P.A. 99-194, S. 8; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, S. 146(c); P.A. 04-189, S. 1; P.A. 06-187, S. 26; P.A. 07-6, S. 3; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 312; P.A. 11-51, S. 134; P.A. 13-259, S. 1.)

History: 1959 act substituted commissioner of consumer protection for athletic commissioner, the latter office having been abolished and added provisions re inspectors and secretary; 1965 act deleted boxing exhibitions; 1967 acts reiterated deletion of boxing exhibitions and then added provisions re amateur boxing exhibitions; 1972 act made provisions applicable to all boxing exhibitions, deleting the word “amateur”; P.A. 73-393 required commissioner to make regulations by substituting “shall” for “may” and included regulations re wrestling bouts; P.A. 80-137 made previous provisions Subsecs. (a) and (c), removed previous provision granting secretary subpoena power and inserted new Subsec. (b) re subpoena, oath administration and hearing powers and rephrased regulation provisions in Subsec. (c); P.A. 82-53 amended Subsec. (a) by providing that exhibitions and bouts held under the auspices of an amateur athletic association will not be under the commissioner’s jurisdiction unless he makes a specific determination; Sec. 19-327 transferred to Sec. 21a-196 in 1983; P.A. 84-344 transferred the duties of the commissioner of consumer protection to a state boxing commissioner and added Subsec. (d), authorizing the commissioner to enter into contracts with inspectors, effective March 1, 1985; P.A. 85-157 substituted commissioner of consumer protection for state boxing commissioner, that office having been abolished, and made technical changes; P.A. 85-293 amended Subsec. (c) by repealing commissioner’s power to make regulations governing wrestling bouts; P.A. 88-230 replaced “judicial district of Hartford-New Britain” with “judicial district of Hartford”, effective September 1, 1991; P.A. 89-251 amended Subsec. (c) to establish fees for sponsors, officials and participants in boxing exhibitions; P.A. 90-98 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1991, to September 1, 1993; P.A. 93-142 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1993, to September 1, 1996, effective June 14, 1993; P.A. 95-220 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1996, to September 1, 1998, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-259 added Subsec. (e) authorizing commissioner to disallow the conduct of certain professional wrestling bouts; P.A. 98-117 added new Subsec. (a) defining “commissioner”, redesignated existing Subsecs. (a) to (e) as Subsecs. (b) to (f), added provisions re regulations for the development and promotion of the sport of boxing, and made technical changes; P.A. 99-194 made technical and gender neutral changes, replaced references to boxing exhibition with references to boxing match and replaced references to wrestling bout with references to wrestling exhibition; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6 replaced Commissioner of Consumer Protection with Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective July 1, 2004; P.A. 04-189 repealed Sec. 146 of June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-6, thereby reversing the merger of the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, effective June 1, 2004; P.A. 06-187 amended Subsec. (a) to replace reference to Commissioner of Consumer Protection with Commissioner of Public Safety, amended Subsec. (b) to insert “amateur and professional”, add references to “sparring”, and delete references to “wrestling exhibitions”, amended Subsec. (c) to replace provisions re commissioner’s powers of subpoena, administering oaths and conducting hearings with new language re investigatory powers and orders, added new Subsec. (d) re serious physical injury, redesignated existing Subsec. (d) as new Subsec. (e) and inserted “in consultation with the Connecticut Boxing Commission” therein, added new Subsec. (f) re registering of hosts of sparring matches, inspections, and regulations, redesignated existing Subsec. (e) as Subsec. (g) and deleted former Subsec. (f) re wrestling exhibitions; Sec. 21a-196 transferred to Sec. 29-143j in 2007; P.A. 07-6 made technical changes in Subsecs. (c), (e) and (f); June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsecs. (e) and (f) to increase fees; pursuant to P.A. 11-51, “Commissioner of Public Safety” and “Department of Public Safety” were changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection” and “Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection”, respectively, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 13-259 amended Subsec. (a) to define “mixed martial arts”, amended Subsec. (b) to provide commissioner with sole control of and jurisdiction over amateur and professional mixed martial arts matches except amateur mixed martial arts matches held under supervision or auspices of certain schools, colleges or universities or amateur athletic associations and to authorize commissioner to assume jurisdiction over amateur mixed martial arts match for health and safety reasons and appoint inspectors to represent commissioner at mixed martial arts matches, amended Subsecs. (c) and (d) to make provisions applicable to mixed martial arts matches, added new Subsec. (g) re adoption of regulations to regulate conduct, supervision and safety of mixed martial arts matches and redesignated existing Subsec. (g) as Subsec. (h).

See Secs. 53-200 and 53-201 re penalties for offenses involving prize fights.

Sec. 29-143k. (Formerly Sec. 21a-197). Amateur boxing matches regulated. As used in this section and sections 29-143j, 53-200 and 53-201 “amateur boxing match” means a boxing match which is no longer than five three-minute rounds in which no contestant has received or is to receive, directly or indirectly, any money, reward or compensation either from the expenses of any amateur boxing program or the expenses of training or for taking part in such program or training. No person shall appear as a contestant in an amateur boxing match unless such person wears protective headgear and boxing gloves weighing not less than twelve ounces, and has not, within twenty-four hours of such match, appeared as a contestant in any other amateur boxing match. No person shall appear as a contestant in an amateur boxing match if such person has received any compensation or reward in any form for displaying, exercising, or rendering services of any kind to any athletic organization, or to any person or persons, as trainer, coach or instructor, or if such person may have been employed in any professional capacity by reason of such person’s athletic skill or knowledge. For the purpose of this section, a prize such as a medal, trophy, watch, ring or other jewelry, or articles of wearing apparel may be awarded to any contestant and shall not be considered money, reward or compensation. Any contestant may be reimbursed with money for such reasonable expenses as may be incurred by such contestant in traveling to and from such amateur boxing match, subject to the approval of the commissioner. The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, concerning the age of the participants in amateur boxing matches.

(1967, P.A. 787, S. 1; P.A. 82-53, S. 2, 4; P.A. 84-344, S. 4, 11; P.A. 85-157, S. 2, 9; P.A. 98-117, S. 2; P.A. 99-194, S. 9.)

History: P.A. 82-53 eliminated provision requiring contestants to be 18 or older and provided that commissioner will determine the age of contestants in amateur boxing exhibitions by regulation; Sec. 19-327a transferred to Sec. 21a-197 in 1983; P.A. 84-344 deleted reference to commissioner of consumer protection, effective March 1, 1985; P.A. 85-157 substituted “commissioner of consumer protection” for “commissioner”, to reflect abolition of state boxing commission; P.A. 98-117 made technical changes; P.A. 99-194 made technical and gender neutral changes, replaced references to boxing exhibition with references to boxing match and increased number and duration of rounds in amateur boxing matches; Sec. 21a-197 transferred to Sec. 29-143k in 2007.

Sec. 29-143l. (Formerly Sec. 21a-198). Issuance of license. Bond. Revocation of license. (a) The commissioner may, in the commissioner’s discretion, grant or deny an application for a license to conduct, hold or give any boxing or mixed martial arts match to any person, persons, club, corporation or association. Before any such license is issued, the applicant shall execute and file with the commissioner a bond in such amount and form and with such surety as is determined by the commissioner, which bond shall be conditioned for the payment of the tax imposed by section 29-143m. Upon the filing and approval of such bond, the commissioner shall issue to such applicant a certificate of such filing and approval. No license shall be issued under this section until such bond is filed.

(b) The commissioner may, in the commissioner’s discretion, revoke any license to conduct, hold or give any boxing or mixed martial arts match issued under this section for cause as provided in this chapter or in any regulation adopted under this chapter in accordance with chapter 54.

(1949 Rev., S. 3509; 1959, P.A. 412, S. 33; February, 1965, P.A. 617, S. 2; 1972, P.A. 55, S. 2; P.A. 81-472, S. 50, 159; P.A. 84-344, S. 5, 11; P.A. 85-157, S. 3, 9; 85-293, S. 2; P.A. 98-117, S. 3; P.A. 99-194, S. 10; P.A. 13-259, S. 2.)

History: 1959 act substituted commissioner of consumer protection for athletic commissioner, that office having been abolished; 1965 act deleted boxing from purview of section; 1972 act included boxing exhibition permits in provisions; P.A. 81-472 substituted the word “license” for the word “permit”; Sec. 19-328 transferred to Sec. 21a-198 in 1983; P.A. 84-344 deleted reference to commissioner of consumer protection, effective March 1, 1985; P.A. 85-157 substituted “commissioner of consumer protection” for “commissioner”, to reflect abolition of state boxing commission; P.A. 85-293 repealed commissioner’s powers re licenses to conduct wrestling bouts; P.A. 98-117 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a), moved revocation authority to new Subsec. (b) and made other technical changes; P.A. 99-194 made gender neutral changes and replaced references to boxing exhibition with references to boxing match; Sec. 21a-198 transferred to Sec. 29-143l in 2007; P.A. 13-259 amended Subsec. (a) to replace “issue a license” with “grant or deny an application for a license”, make provisions applicable to mixed martial arts match and replace “license is granted” with “license is issued” and amended Subsec. (b) to make provisions applicable to mixed martial arts match.

Sec. 29-143m. (Formerly Sec. 21a-199). Reports of matches. Payment of tax. Any person or combination of persons who, and any club, corporation or association which, holds or promotes any boxing or mixed martial arts match or exercises any of the privileges conferred by this chapter or the regulations adopted under this chapter shall, within twenty-four hours after the determination of each boxing or mixed martial arts match: (1) Furnish to the commissioner a written report verified by such person or combination of persons or by the treasurer and secretary of such club, corporation or association, which report shall include a statement of the number of tickets sold for such match, the amount of gross receipts for such match and such other information as the commissioner prescribes; and (2) pay to the commissioner a tax of five per cent of the total receipts after federal taxes have been deducted from the paid admissions to such boxing or mixed martial arts match, which tax shall be paid into the State Treasury.

(1949 Rev., S. 3510; 1959, P.A. 412, S. 34; February, 1965, P.A. 617, S. 3; 1972, P.A. 55, S. 3; P.A. 84-344, S. 6, 11; P.A. 85-157, S. 4, 9; 85-293, S. 3; P.A. 98-117, S. 4; P.A. 99-194, S. 11; P.A. 13-259, S. 3.)

History: 1959 act substituted commissioner of consumer protection for athletic commissioner, that office having been abolished; 1965 act deleted boxing from purview of section; 1972 act reinstated boxing exhibitions in provisions; Sec. 19-329 transferred to Sec. 21a-199 in 1983; P.A. 84-344 deleted reference to commissioner of consumer protection, effective March 1, 1985; P.A. 85-157 substituted “commissioner of consumer protection” for “commissioner”, to reflect abolition of state boxing commission; P.A. 85-293 extended provisions of section to any club, corporation or association which promotes a boxing exhibition or wrestling match; P.A. 98-117 made technical changes; P.A. 99-194 replaced references to boxing exhibition with references to boxing match and replaced references to wrestling match with references to wrestling exhibition; Sec. 21a-199 transferred to Sec. 29-143m in 2007; P.A. 13-259 made provisions applicable to mixed martial arts match, deleted references to wrestling exhibition and made conforming changes.

Sec. 29-143n. (Formerly Sec. 21a-200). Examination as to receipts and tax due. Sanctions for delinquency. If any person or combination of persons, club, corporation or association fails to make a report of any match as required by section 29-143m within the time prescribed by section 29-143m, or if any such report fails to include sufficient information, the commissioner may examine, or cause to be examined, the books and records of any such person or combination of persons, club, corporation or association and subpoena and examine under oath such person or officers of such club, corporation or association and other persons for the purpose of determining the total amount of such gross receipts and the amount of tax due pursuant to the provisions of section 29-143m, which tax the commissioner may thereupon fix and determine. In case of default in the payment of any tax ascertained by the commissioner to be due and the expenses incurred in making such examination, for a period of twenty days after notice to such delinquent person or combination of persons, club, corporation or association, such delinquent shall forfeit the license issued under section 29-143l and shall be disqualified from receiving any new license under section 29-143l. Such delinquent shall also forfeit to the state the sum of five hundred dollars.

(1949 Rev., S. 3511; 1959, P.A. 412, S. 35; P.A. 81-472, S. 51, 159; P.A. 84-344, S. 7, 11; P.A. 85-157, S. 5, 9; P.A. 98-117, S. 5; P.A. 13-259, S. 4.)

History: 1959 act substituted commissioner of consumer protection for athletic commissioner, that office having been abolished; P.A. 81-472 substituted the word “license” for the word “permit”; Sec. 19-330 transferred to Sec. 21a-200 in 1983; P.A. 84-344 deleted reference to commissioner of consumer protection, effective March 1, 1985, and made minor changes in wording; P.A. 85-157 substituted “commissioner of consumer protection” for “commissioner”, to reflect abolition of state boxing commission; P.A. 98-117 made technical changes; Sec. 21a-200 transferred to Sec. 29-143n in 2007; P.A. 13-259 replaced “contest” with “match” and made a technical change.

Sec. 29-143o. (Formerly Sec. 21a-201). Penalty for sale of more than seating capacity. Any person who, and the officers of any club, corporation or association which, sells or causes to be sold any ticket of admission for any boxing or mixed martial arts match in excess of the seating capacity of the room, hall, place, building or structure used for such boxing or mixed martial arts match, shall, for the first offense, be fined not more than two hundred dollars, which shall be paid to the state. For a subsequent offense, the club, corporation, association or person or persons shall forfeit its, his or their license issued under section 29-143l, shall be disqualified from receiving any new license issued under section 29-143l and shall forfeit to the state the sum of five hundred dollars. The officers of any such club, corporation or association, for such subsequent offense, shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars.

(1949 Rev., S. 3512; P.A. 81-472, S. 52, 159; P.A. 98-117, S. 6; P.A. 99-194, S. 12; P.A. 13-259, S. 5.)

History: P.A. 81-472 substituted the word “license” for the word “permit”; Sec. 19-331 transferred to Sec. 21a-201 in 1983; P.A. 98-117 made technical changes; P.A. 99-194 replaced references to boxing exhibition with references to boxing match and replaced references to wrestling bout with references to wrestling exhibition; Sec. 21a-201 transferred to Sec. 29-143o in 2007; P.A. 13-259 made provisions applicable to mixed martial arts match and deleted references to wrestling exhibition.

Sec. 29-143p. (Formerly Sec. 21a-202). Price of admission to be published. The price of admission and of the seats to any boxing or mixed martial arts match conducted under the provisions of this chapter shall be published in a newspaper published and circulated in the town, city or borough where such match is to be conducted, if any newspaper is published in such town, city or borough, but, if no newspaper is published in such town, city or borough, such publication shall be made in a newspaper having a substantial circulation in such town, city or borough. Any such publication shall be made in at least three separate editions of such paper and in a space not less than two inches by three inches in size.

(1949 Rev., S. 3513; P.A. 85-293, S. 4; P.A. 98-117, S. 7; P.A. 99-194, S. 13; P.A. 13-259, S. 6.)

History: Sec. 19-332 transferred to Sec. 21a-202 in 1983; P.A. 85-293 deleted references to wrestling bouts; P.A. 98-117 made technical changes; P.A. 99-194 replaced references to boxing exhibition with references to boxing match; Sec. 21a-202 transferred to Sec. 29-143p in 2007; P.A. 13-259 made provisions applicable to mixed martial arts match and made a conforming change.

Sec. 29-143q. (Formerly Sec. 21a-203). Duration of matches. Attendance of approved referee. (a) No boxing match shall consist of more than twelve rounds and each round shall be no longer than three minutes nor less than two minutes in duration. In all matches, if a contestant who has been knocked down arises before the count of ten seconds, the referee shall complete a count of eight seconds and assure himself that the contestant is fit to continue. The referee may, in the referee’s discretion, order a standing knockdown and a mandatory eight count if a contestant is taking a severe beating and is apparently defenseless but is not knocked down. The standing knockdown shall be treated in all respects, including scoring, as a knockdown.

(b) No mixed martial arts match shall consist of more than five rounds. Each round shall be followed by a period of rest of not less than one minute.

(c) No boxing or mixed martial arts match shall be conducted unless a referee approved by the commissioner is in attendance and directs and controls the match.

(1972, P.A. 55, S. 4; P.A. 80-137, S. 2; P.A. 83-124; P.A. 84-344, S. 8, 11; P.A. 85-157, S. 6, 9; 85-293, S. 5; P.A. 98-117, S. 8; P.A. 99-194, S. 14; P.A. 13-259, S. 7.)

History: P.A. 80-137 replaced requirement that rounds be three minutes with provision that they be at least two but not more than three minutes in length; Sec. 19-333a transferred to Sec. 21a-203 in 1983; P.A. 83-124 added provisions for mandatory eight count and standing knockdown; P.A. 84-344 required that boxing and wrestling exhibitions be directed by a referee approved by the commissioner, effective March 1, 1985; P.A. 85-157 substituted “commissioner of consumer protection” for “commissioner”, to reflect abolition of state boxing commission; P.A. 85-293 removed references to wrestling bouts; P.A. 98-117 made technical changes; P.A. 99-194 made gender neutral changes, replaced references to boxing exhibition with references to boxing match and shortened permissible duration of match from fifteen to twelve rounds; Sec. 21a-203 transferred to Sec. 29-143q in 2007; P.A. 13-259 designated existing provisions re round duration and knockdown procedures as Subsec. (a), added Subsec. (b) re maximum of 5 rounds for mixed martial arts match with a minimum 1 minute rest period between rounds, and designated existing provision re approval, attendance and role of referee as Subsec. (c) and amended same to make applicable to mixed martial arts match and make a conforming change.

Sec. 29-143r. (Formerly Sec. 21a-203a). Selection and licensing of referees. The commissioner shall select the referees for any boxing or mixed martial arts match conducted, held or given within this state, except amateur boxing or mixed martial arts matches held under the supervision of any school, college or university having an academic course of study or of the recognized athletic association connected with such school, college or university or amateur boxing or mixed martial arts matches held under the auspices of any amateur athletic association that has been determined by the commissioner to be capable of ensuring the health and safety of the participants. All such referees shall be licensed by the commissioner under this chapter and the regulations adopted by the commissioner under this chapter, in accordance with chapter 54.

(P.A. 98-117, S. 12; P.A. 13-259, S. 8.)

History: Sec. 21a-203a transferred to Sec. 29-143r in 2007; P.A. 13-259 added provisions requiring commissioner to select referees for any mixed martial arts match and excepting amateur mixed martial arts matches under certain circumstances, and replaced “exhibition” with “match”.

Sec. 29-143s. (Formerly Sec. 21a-204). Boxing and mixed martial arts matches prohibited on certain days. No boxing or mixed martial arts match shall be held on Christmas Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day or Veterans’ Day.

(1949 Rev., S. 3515; February, 1965, P.A. 617, S. 5; 1972, P.A. 55, S. 5; P.A. 78-331, S. 56, 58; P.A. 99-194, S. 15; P.A. 13-259, S. 9.)

History: 1965 act deleted boxing from purview of section; 1972 act reinstated boxing exhibitions in provisions; P.A. 78-331 removed Sundays as prohibited day for boxing or wrestling exhibitions or bouts; Sec. 19-334 transferred to Sec. 21a-204 in 1983; P.A. 99-194 replaced reference to boxing exhibition with reference to boxing match, replaced reference to wrestling bout with reference to wrestling exhibition and eliminated prohibition on holding boxing matches or wrestling exhibitions between eleven-thirty p.m. and eight a.m.; Sec. 21a-204 transferred to Sec. 29-143s in 2007; P.A. 13-259 made provisions applicable to mixed martial arts match and deleted reference to wrestling exhibition.

Sec. 29-143t. (Formerly Sec. 21a-205). Boxers and competitors to be examined by physician. Costs. (a) No person shall engage in any boxing match as a boxer or in any mixed martial arts match as a competitor until such person has been examined and found to be physically fit by a competent physician approved by the commissioner, licensed to practice under the laws of this state and in practice in this state for at least two years. Such physician shall be appointed by the commissioner and shall be in attendance throughout the boxing or mixed martial arts match for which such examination was made. Such physician shall certify, in writing, that the boxer or competitor is physically fit to engage in such boxing or mixed martial arts match. Any fee for such physician, as determined by the commissioner, shall be paid by the person or club, corporation or association conducting such boxing or mixed martial arts match.

(b) The cost of any physical examination required by this chapter or regulations adopted under this chapter, other than an examination required by subsection (a) of this section, may be assessed by the commissioner on any boxer or competitor examined by a physician appointed by the commissioner or on the person, club, corporation or association conducting the next boxing or mixed martial arts match in which the boxer or competitor is scheduled to compete.

(1949 Rev., S. 3516; 1959, P.A. 412, S. 36; February, 1965, P.A. 617, S. 6; 1972, P.A. 55, S. 6; P.A. 81-171, S. 1, 2; P.A. 84-344, S. 9, 11; P.A. 85-157, S. 7, 9; 85-293, S. 6; 85-613, S. 58, 154; P.A. 98-117, S. 9; P.A. 99-194, S. 16; P.A. 07-217, S. 135; P.A. 13-259, S. 10.)

History: 1959 act substituted commissioner of consumer protection for athletic commissioner, that office having been abolished; 1965 act deleted boxing from purview of section; 1972 act reinstated boxing in purview of section; P.A. 81-171 added Subsec. (b) allowing commissioner to assess costs of a physical examination required by this chapter but not under Subsec. (a) on the athlete or on the person conducting the next match; Sec. 19-335 transferred to Sec. 21a-205 in 1983; P.A. 84-344 deleted reference to the commissioner of consumer protection and required that physicians who examine boxers and wrestlers be approved by the boxing commissioner, effective March 1, 1985; P.A. 85-157 substituted “commissioner of consumer protection” for “commissioner”, to reflect abolition of state boxing commissioner and made technical changes; P.A. 85-293 removed references to wrestling bouts and, in conjunction with P.A. 85-613, restored language inadvertently deleted through machine error; P.A. 98-117 made technical changes; P.A. 99-194 made technical and gender neutral changes and replaced references to boxing exhibition with references to boxing match; Sec. 21a-205 transferred to Sec. 29-143t in 2007; P.A. 07-217 made a technical change in Subsec. (b), effective July 12, 2007; P.A. 13-259 made provisions applicable to mixed martial arts matches and competitors therein and replaced “contestant” with “boxer or competitor”.

Sec. 29-143u. (Formerly Sec. 21a-206). Special privileges or discrimination. Any person acting as principal, manager, second, promoter or matchmaker receiving or accepting, directly or indirectly, any money or other valuable thing from any boxer or mixed martial arts competitor for any special privilege or for discriminating in any manner relating to any boxing or mixed martial arts match shall be subject to the penalty prescribed in section 29-143z.

(1949 Rev., S. 3517; February, 1965, P.A. 617, S. 7; 1972, P.A. 55, S. 7; P.A. 85-293, S. 7; P.A. 98-117, S. 10; P.A. 99-194, S. 17; P.A. 13-259, S. 11.)

History: 1965 act deleted boxing from purview of section; 1972 act reinstated “boxer”; Sec. 19-336 transferred to Sec. 21a-206 in 1983; P.A. 85-293 deleted references to wrestling; P.A. 98-117 made a technical change; P.A. 99-194 replaced reference to boxing exhibition with reference to boxing match; Sec. 21a-206 transferred to Sec. 29-143u in 2007; P.A. 13-259 made provisions applicable to mixed martial arts matches and competitors therein.

Sec. 29-143v. (Formerly Sec. 21a-207). Age limitation for boxers and competitors. No person under eighteen years of age shall engage in any professional boxing or mixed martial arts match, and no person under sixteen years of age shall engage in any amateur boxing or mixed martial arts match except a match held under the supervision of a school, college or university having an academic course of study or of the recognized athletic association connected with such school, college or university or held under the auspices of any amateur athletic association that has been determined by the commissioner, under section 29-143j, to be capable of ensuring the health and safety of the participants.

(1949 Rev., S. 3518; February, 1965, P.A. 617, S. 8; 1972, P.A. 55, S. 8; P.A. 82-53, S. 3, 4; P.A. 99-194, S. 18; P.A. 13-259, S. 12.)

History: 1965 act deleted boxing from purview of section; 1972 act reinstated boxing exhibitions in purview of section; P.A. 82-53 allowed a person under 16 years of age to compete in an amateur event held under the auspices of an amateur athletic association determined to be capable of ensuring participants’ health and safety; Sec. 19-337 transferred to Sec. 21a-207 in 1983; P.A. 99-194 made a technical change, replaced references to boxing exhibition with references to boxing match and replaced references to wrestling bout with references to wrestling exhibition; Sec. 21a-207 transferred to Sec. 29-143v in 2007; P.A. 13-259 made provisions applicable to mixed martial arts matches, deleted references to wrestling exhibition, replaced “athletic association” with “recognized athletic association” and made technical changes.

Sec. 29-143w. (Formerly Sec. 21a-208). Betting prohibited. No person shall bet or wager upon the result of any boxing or mixed martial arts match.

(1949 Rev., S. 3519; 1972, P.A. 55, S. 9; P.A. 99-194, S. 19; P.A. 13-259, S. 13.)

History: 1972 act specified prohibition applies to boxing and wrestling; Sec. 19-338 transferred to Sec. 21a-208 in 1983; P.A. 99-194 replaced reference to boxing exhibition with reference to boxing match and replaced reference to wrestling bout with reference to boxing exhibition; Sec. 21a-208 transferred to Sec. 29-143w in 2007; P.A. 13-259 made provisions applicable to mixed martial arts match and deleted reference to wrestling exhibition.

Sec. 29-143x. (Formerly Sec. 21a-209). Admission of persons under eighteen to boxing or mixed martial arts match restricted. No person under eighteen years of age shall be admitted to any professional boxing or mixed martial arts match unless accompanied by such person’s parent or guardian.

(1972, P.A. 55, S. 10; P.A. 13-259, S. 14.)

History: Sec. 19-339a transferred to Sec. 21a-209 in 1983; Sec. 21a-209 transferred to Sec. 29-143x in 2007; P.A. 13-259 made provisions applicable to mixed martial arts match, deleted provision re minimum age for admission of 14 years and made technical changes.

Sec. 29-143y. (Formerly Sec. 21a-210). Effect of local ordinance prohibiting boxing or mixed martial arts matches. No license shall be issued under section 29-143l to conduct, hold or give any boxing or mixed martial arts match in any town, city or borough which has adopted any ordinance prohibiting boxing or mixed martial arts matches within its limits.

(1949 Rev., S. 3521; February, 1965, P.A. 617, S. 10; 1972, P.A. 55, S. 11; P.A. 85-293, S. 8; P.A. 98-117, S. 11; P.A. 99-194, S. 20; P.A. 13-259, S. 15.)

History: 1965 act deleted boxing from purview of section; 1972 act reinstated boxing exhibitions in provisions; Sec. 19-340 transferred to Sec. 21a-210 in 1983; P.A. 85-293 removed references to wrestling bouts; P.A. 98-117 made a technical change; P.A. 99-194 replaced references to boxing exhibition with references to boxing match; Sec. 21a-210 transferred to Sec. 29-143y in 2007; P.A. 13-259 made provisions applicable to mixed martial arts matches.

Sec. 29-143z. (Formerly Sec. 21a-211). Penalty. Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter, for which a penalty is not expressly prescribed, or any of the regulations adopted under the provisions of this chapter, shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars.

(1949 Rev., S. 3522.)

History: Sec. 19-341 transferred to Sec. 21a-211 in 1983; Sec. 21a-211 transferred to Sec. 29-143z in 2007.

Sec. 29-143aa. Liability for health care costs. Any person, firm or corporation that employs, or contracts with, a person to be a competitor in a mixed martial arts match conducted pursuant to this chapter shall be liable for any health care costs incurred by such competitor for the diagnosis, care and treatment of any injury, illness, disease or condition resulting from or caused by such competitor’s participation in such match for the duration of such injury, illness, disease or condition.

(P.A. 13-247, S. 67.)