Boxing Union of Ireland Title Rules
Eligibility to fight for an Irish title
Contestants for an Irish professional boxing championship must:-
(1) (i) be the holder of a current Boxing Union of Ireland licence for a minimum term of six consecutive months prior to a proposed Irish title bout;
(1) (ii) The board of the Boxing Union of Ireland may exercise its discretion where a contestant previously held a Boxing Union of Ireland licence for a minimum period of six consecutive months.
(2) (i) be an Irish citizen by birth; or
(ii) a person born abroad who has since become an Irish citizen and has been permanently resident and domiciled on the island of Ireland for a continuous period of not less than five years immediately preceding the championship contest. Birth certificate and/or passport must be produced to the Board a minimum of two months prior to the championship fight; or
(iii) have at least one parent or grandparent born on the island of Ireland.
To avail of the parent or grandparent qualification, relevant birth certificates proving the Irish connection shall be sent to the offices of the Boxing Union of Ireland a minimum of two months preceding the proposed Irish title fight.
(3) Both fighters shall have fought a minimum of one scheduled 8 x 3 minute rounds bout prior to an Irish title fight
(4) Proposed Irish title fights shall be sent via email to the Boxing Union of Ireland a minimum of one month prior to the proposed bout.
Forfeiture of Title
A Champion shall forfeit his title in the following circumstances:-
(1) if defeated in a championship contest sanctioned and controlled by the Boxing Union of Ireland and at the same weight at which he won his title.
(2) if proven guilty to the satisfaction of the Board of the BUI of gross misconduct as a boxer;
(3) if he refuses to defend his title after the receipt of a challenge approved, and a date limit given for such a title match, by the Boxing Union of Ireland;
(4) if a champion is for any reason unable or unwilling to defend his title when required by the Boxing Union of Ireland to do so;
(5) if he ceases to be a licensee of the Boxing Union of Ireland;
(6) if the title has not been defended within twelve months of the date of winning or successfully defending his title.
Defence of an Irish Title
A champion shall not be required to defend his title until the expiration of six months from the date of winning or successfully defending his title.
BUI Celtic Title Eligibility
(1) At least one of the fighters must hold a valid Boxing Union of Ireland licence for the purpose of the Celtic Title fight.
(2) At least one of the participants must have be born on the island of Ireland.
(3) Both participants must be born in a Celtic Region i.e. Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany, Galicia, Cantabria, Asturias etc.
(4) Proposed BUI Celtic title fights must be sent via email to the Boxing Union of Ireland a minimum of one month prior to the proposed bout.
THE DECISION OF THE BOARD IS FINAL.
For Irish title fights, three judges will be appointed by the Board of the Boxing Union of Ireland for the purposes of scoring the contest.
For BUI Celtic title fights, three judges will be appointed by the Board of the Boxing Union of Ireland for the purposes of scoring the contest unless BOTH fighters agree in writing that the referee will be the sole official to score the contest.
A Boxing Union of Ireland Licence enables Irish boxers to box on any boxing card around the world once authorisation is given by the Boxing Union of Ireland. A BUI licenced boxer is entitled to fight for a Commonwealth Title providing he/she meets required residency rules.