• Professional Boxing, Wrestling, and Martial Arts Advisory Board

    The Professional Boxing, Wrestling, and Martial Arts Advisory Board regulates non-amateur individuals, as well as promoters and events. The Advisory Board is composed of representatives of each discipline and two citizen members.

    Telephone  (804) 367-0186
    FAX  (877) 264-8691
    Email  boxing@dpor.virginia.gov 
  • Laws & Regulations

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    Meetings & Minutes

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    No meetings are currently scheduled for this board. The Virginia Regulatory Town Hall provides access to the board's past meeting minutes.

    NOTE: DPOR Advisory Boards (Boxing/Wrestling/Martial Arts and Polygraph Examiners) are grouped under one listing on the Town Hall website.

    Visit the Town Hall: http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewboard.cfm?boardid=70&display=meetings.  

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How do I contact the Board office? 
    2. When I call the Board office, will I be able to speak directly with a Board member? 
    3. What are the qualifications for licensure? 
    4. When does my license expire? 
    5. How do I renew my license? 

    How do I contact the Board office?

    You may reach the Board office by phone at 804-367-0186, by FAX at (877) 264-8691, or by e-mail at boxing@dpor.virginia.gov. Additionally, if you have information that you would like to mail to the Board, please send it to:
    Professional Boxing, Wrestling, and Martial Arts Advisory Board
    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
    9960 Mayland Drive
    Richmond, VA 23233

    When I call the Board office, will I be able to speak directly with a Board member?

    No. The Board members do not work in the Board office. They come into the Board offices for Board meetings and hearings, but are not here on a daily basis.

    Board office staff members can answer your questions and are trained to process all information that comes into the Board office. Please do not contact Board members directly.

    What are the qualifications for licensure?

    All applicants must disclose information about prior disciplinary actions or criminal convictions. (Criminal history is not a barrier to licensure, but must be considered in accordance with Section 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia.) More detailed information for each type of license follows:

    Promoter and Event

    Applicants for licensure as a promoter must submit a complete application and required fees. In addition, each event must be licensed. The event application must include a card of the contests to be exhibited; the date, location, and time of the event; evidence of a surety bond in an amount equal to the sum of the total gate fee required and the total amount due to all boxers and wrestlers; a copy of the contract by the promoter for the sale of rights to distribute the event by video, telephonic, or other electronic means; and a statement that the applicant has read and understands the laws and regulations.

    In addition, an event application for a boxing event must include evidence that all boxers are covered by a health insurance policy with a minimum coverage of $5,000, and an acknowledgement that the promoter will provide a copy of the contract between the promoter and each licensed boxer at weigh-in. THE PROMOTER MUST APPLY FOR AN EVENT LICENSE AT LEAST 14 DAYS PRIOR TO THE EVENT AND MAY NOT ADVERTISE THE EVENT UNTIL THE LICENSE HAS BEEN ISSUED.

    Professional Boxer

    Applicants must submit the fee and application, including a satisfactory record of professional boxing and a list of all ring names. In addition, a boxer must obtain a federal ID.

    Professional Wrestler

    Applicants must submit the fee and application, including a statement from a licensed physician that the applicant is in good health and may participate in professional wrestling events.

    Manager

    Applicants must submit the application and fee.

    Matchmaker

    Applicants must submit the fee and application, including a statement that the applicant does not employ and does not otherwise have a financial interest in, or commercial connection to, any wrestler, boxer, manager, trainer, or second, except that which may be necessary to arrange a wrestler's or boxer's participation in a specific event.

    Trainer, Second, or Cutman

    Applicants must submit the fee and application, including a statement evidencing knowledge of the laws and regulations; the treatment of injuries; physical conditioning, health care nutrition, training, first aid, and the effects of alcohol as it relates to boxing; and the bandaging of a boxer's hand.

    When does my license expire?

    Event licenses are valid only for the duration of the event. All other licenses expire on December 31 of the year in which the license was issued; however, licenses issued during the last 45 days of any calendar year shall expire on December 31 of the following year.

    How do I renew my license?

    The renewal process is the same as the application process.

    Professional Boxing, Wrestling, and Martial Arts Advisory Board

    Board Executive Director

    David Holland

    Board Member Roster

    Whitson Robinson
    Citizen Member
    First Four-Year Term expires June 30, 2014
    Harold Thomas Green, Jr., MD
    Representative of the Sport of Boxing
    Second Four-Year Term expires June 30, 2014
    Rick McCoy
    Representative of the Sport of Martial Arts
    Second Four-Year Term Expires June 30, 2014
    James E. Evans
    Citizen Member
    First Four-Year Term expires June 30, 2017
    Gregory J. Pleasants, MD
    Representative of the Sport of Wrestling
    Second Four-Year Term expires June 30, 2015
    Todd McGovern
    Representative of the Sport of Martial Arts
    First Four-Year Term expires June 30, 2017
    Christian E. Wollesen
    Representative of the Sport of Boxing
    Second Four-Year Term expires June 30, 2015
     

    Advisory Board members are appointed by the DPOR Director. 

    Military and Veterans Services

    DPOR stands ready to assist veterans and active-duty military personnel as they maintain or transition to civilian careers requiring professional credentials.

    Active-duty military personnel and their spouses having served overseas, as well as certain diplomatic service members and veterans, may be eligible to receive up to a five-year extension for meeting license renewal requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-117 of the Code of Virginia).

    Spouses of active-duty military personnel assigned to a duty station in Virginia are eligible for expedited processing using the Military Spouse Expedited License Application (PDF).

    In addition, the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs may reimburse the cost of veterans´ examinations.