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Monday, March 19, 2001
Updated: March 14, 11:57 AM ET
Boxing's new 21-point safety program

By Larry Schwartz
Special to

March 20, 1948

Several ring deaths in the past year, including Jimmy Doyle's at the hands of welterweight champ Sugar Ray Robinson, lead to the National Boxing Association adopting a 21-point safety program designed for the protection of all fighters under its jurisdiction.

Among the new rules are more thorough physical examinations, a minimum of six weeks elapsed before a knocked-out boxer can fight again, a mandatory eight-count after knockdowns and the use of eight-ounce gloves.

In a move that would remove consistent losers and washed-up fighters from the sport, the committee decided that in case of repeated knockdowns and beatings, the boxer would be forced to retire.