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DAR File No. 32205

This filing was published in the 01/01/2009, issue, Vol. 2009, No. 1, of the Utah State Bulletin.

Sports Authority (Utah), Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission


Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission Act Rule


DAR File No.: 32205
Filed: 12/10/2008, 05:47
Received by: NL


Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

The purpose of this amendment is to require Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg) and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Antibody testing for contestants prior to a contest to protect the health and safety of contestants, officials, and spectators.

Summary of the rule or change:

The amendment will require negative HBsAg and HCV Antibody test results be provided to the commission by contestants prior to a contest.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

Title 63C, Chapter 11

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

There will be a small cost (estimated at less than $500) to modify the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) licensing software to record the new test data.

local governments:

Several local public health agencies provide HCV Antibody tests as a public service for a fee. If this amendment is adopted, it is anticipated there will be an increase in the number of tests administered by these agencies. It is unknown if the fees presently charged are revenue neutral.

small businesses and persons other than businesses:

Presently the HCV tests cost about $21 at local public agencies. These costs will either be borne by the contestant, insurance, or possibly by the promoter or manager. The costs for HBsAG tests is estimated at $50 per test. If a contestant has been immunized for Hepatitis B, this will be a one-time fee.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

Presently the HCV tests cost about $21 at local public agencies. These costs will either be borne by the contestant, insurance, or possibly by the promoter or manager. The cost for HBsAG tests is estimated at $50 per test. If a contestant has been immunized for Hepatitis B, this will be a one-time fee. Immunization for Hepatitis B is estimated at about $100 and may be covered by insurance. The HCV test results must be completed within six months prior to a competition. Consequently, and active contestant may require two tests per calendar year.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

The anticipated costs will likely be borne by individual contestants and/or their private medical insurance. However, some promoters/managers may absorb some of the costs at their discretion to promote the sport. Alan Dayton, Chair, PSUAC

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Sports Authority (Utah)
Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission
STE 500

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

Bill Colbert at the above address, by phone at 801-538-8876, by FAX at 801-538-8888, or by Internet E-mail at

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:


This rule may become effective on:


Authorized by:

Bill Colbert, Secretary, PSUAC


R859. Sports Authority (Utah), Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission.

R859-1. Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission Act Rule.

R859-1-508. Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg) & Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Antibody Testing.

In accordance with Section 63C-11-317(d), contestants shall produce evidence of a negative test for HBsAg and HCV antibody as a condition to participation in a contest as follows:

(1) All contestants shall provide evidence in the form of a competent laboratory examination certificate verifying that the contestant is negative at the time of the weigh-in.

(2) The examination certificate shall certify that the HBsAg and HCV antibody testing was completed within 180 days prior to the contest.

(3) Any contestant whose HBV or HCV result is positive shall be prohibited from participating in a contest.

(4) In lieu of a negative HBsAg test result, a contestant may present laboratory testing evidence of immunity against Hepatitis B virus based on a positive hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs) test result or of having received the complete hepatitis B vaccine series as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.


R859-1-50[8]9. Contestant Use or Administration of Any Substance.

(1) The use or administration of drugs, stimulants, or non-prescription preparations by or to a contestant during a contest is prohibited, except as provided by this Rule.

(2) The giving of substances other than water to a contestant during the course of the contest is prohibited.

(3) The discretional use of petroleum jelly may be allowed, as determined by the referee.

(4) The discretional use of coagulants, adrenalin 1/1000, avetine, and thrombin, as approved by the Commission, may be allowed between rounds to stop the bleeding of minor cuts and lacerations sustained by a contestant. The use of monsel solution, silver nitrate, "new skin," flex collodion, or substances having an iron base is prohibited, and the use of any such substance by a contestant is cause for immediate disqualification.

(5) The ringside physician shall monitor the use and application of any foreign substances administered to a contestant before or during a contest and shall confiscate any suspicious foreign substance for possible laboratory analysis, the results of which shall be forwarded to the Commission.


R859-1-510[9]. Weighing-In.

(1) Unless otherwise approved by the Commission for a specific contest, the weigh-in shall occur not less than six nor more than 24 hours before the start of a contest. The designated Commission member or authorized Commission representative(s), shall weigh-in each contestant in the presence of other contestants.

(2) Contestants shall be licensed at the time they are weighed-in.

(3) Only those contestants who have been previously approved for the contest shall be permitted to weigh-in.

(4) Each contestant must weigh in the presence of his opponent, a representative of the commission and an official representing the promoter, on scales approved by the commission at any place designed by the commission.

(5) The contestant must have all weights stripped from his body before he is weighed in, but may wear shorts. Female contestants are permitted to wear a singlet and/or sports bra for modesty.

(6) The commission may require contestants to be weighted more than once for any cause deemed sufficient by the commission.

(7) A contestant who fails to make the weight agreed upon in his bout agreement forfeits:

(a) Twenty five percent of his purse if no lesser amount is set by the commission's representative: or

(b) A lesser amount set by the secretary and approved by the commission, unless the weight difference is 1 pound or less.


R859-1-51[0]1. Announcer.

(1) At the beginning of a contest, the announcer shall announce that the contest is under the auspices of the Commission.

(2) The announcer shall announce the names of the referee, judges, and timekeeper when the competitions are about to begin, and shall also announce the changes made in officials as the contest progresses.

(3) The announcer shall announce the names of all contestants, their weight, professional record, their city and state of residence, and country of origin if not a citizen.


R859-1-51[1]2. Timekeepers.

(1) A timekeeper shall indicate the beginning and end of each round by the gong.

(2) A timekeeper shall possess a whistle and a stopwatch.

(3) Ten seconds before the beginning of each round, the timekeeper shall warn the contestants of the time by blowing a whistle.

(4) If a contest terminates before the scheduled limit of rounds, the timekeeper shall inform the announcer of the exact duration of the contest.

(5) The timekeeper shall keep track of and record the exact amount of time that any contestant remains on the canvas.


R859-1-51[2]3. Stopping a Contest.

In accordance with Subsections 63C-11-316(2) and 63C-11-302(14)(b), authority for stopping a contest is defined, clarified or established as follows.

(1) The referee may stop a contest to ensure the integrity of a contest or to protect the health, safety, or welfare of a contestant or the public for any one or more of the following reasons:

(a) injuries, cuts, or other physical or mental conditions that would endanger the health, safety, or welfare of a contestant if the contestant were to continue with the competition.

(b) one-sided nature of the contest;

(c) refusal or inability of a contestant to reasonably compete; and

(d) refusal or inability of a contestant to comply with the rules of the contest.

(2) If a referee stops a contest, the referee shall disqualify the contestant, where appropriate, and recommend to the designated Commission member that the purse of that professional contestant be withheld pending an impoundment decision in accordance with Section 63C-11-321.

(3) The designated Commission member may stop a contest at any stage in the contest when there is a significant question with respect to the contest, the contestant, or any other licensee associated with the contest, and determine whether the purse should be withheld pursuant to Section 63C-11-321.


KEY: licensing, boxing, unarmed combat, white-collar contests

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [September 1, 2008]2009

Notice of Continuation: May 10, 2007

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 63C-11-101 et seq.




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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Bill Colbert at the above address, by phone at 801-538-8876, by FAX at 801-538-8888, or by Internet E-mail at

For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Division of Administrative Rules (801-538-3764). Please Note: The Division of Administrative Rules is NOT able to answer questions about the content or application of these administrative rules.

Last modified:  12/30/2008 12:22 PM