CSAC / IKF
INSPECTOR RESPONSIBILITIES FOR
KICKBOXING & MUAY
THAI IN A BOXING RING
- ARRIVAL AT VENUE
- Familiar yourself with the location of venue exits, locker room areas (
red/blue corners) and any evacuations procedures.
- Be familiar with the ring, all the ring stairs and location of red and blue
- Every facility is configured different. Make sure you are aware of
- FIGHTERS' DRESSING ROOM
- DRUG TESTING
- The lead inspector will determine which fighters are to be drug tested. The
Lead will hand out appropriate forms and collection bottle.
- Follow chain of command rule when drug testing the fighters.
- Once the fighters (drug tested or not) arrive at the dressing room
they are not to leave prior to their fight.
- FIGHT ASSIGNMENTS
- The Chief IKF Event Representative will provide a bout list order and
documentation that the inspector notes equipment checks and glove taping.
- The senior locker room inspector will determine who will be assigned to
red/blue corners and to fighters.
- The dressing rooms are never to be left unattended by inspectors. A
minimum of one inspector must be in room always.
- At the end of the evening the documentation of equipment check/glove taping
is to be provided to the Chief IKF Event Representative.
- Make sure to identify yourself to your fighter and establish open
- Ensure the fighter and corner are aware of where they are on the fight card
and are prepared when their fight is called.
- EQUIPMENT CHECK
- Ensure the fighter has the following:
- Mouth guard.
- Nail Clippers
- Groin Cup (Men).
- IF REQUIRED: Headgear & Shin Pads.
- Appropriate shorts
- If Muay Thai Rules, Muay Thai Shorts ONLY!
- Other Styles: No pockets, velcro, jewels, drawstrings or any type of
abrasive material or item on the outside.
- Verify that the fighter's toenail length is not excessive.
- The corners should have with them:
- EMPTY BUCKET
- ANOTHER PAIL OR BUCKET with;
- Ice in a bag
- Two towels.
- Surgical tape.
- Cut medicine (s) (Adrenaline 1:1000, Thrombin, and Avitene).
- Spray Bottles.
- A small smooth piece of thick metal with a handle. It is kept in the ice
bucket and is used to cool the area of a bruise or a cut by applying direct
pressure to decrease the blood flow to the area. The idea being that the cold
will cause capillaries to constrict and reduce the flow of blood to the
- WRAPPING HANDS/TAPING GLOVES
- Inspectors are to watch the wrapping of the fighter's hands to ensure they
are properly wrapped.
- Be cognizant of any inappropriate materials such as cast making material.
- Gauze must be no more than 10 yards in length and not more than 1 1/2
- The knuckle pad must be made from gauze and not obtained from a "premade"
- Look for any illegal hand wrapping. (EX: Stacking)
- Gloves must be approved by CSAC/IKF. The promoter supplies the event
- Check to see that gloves are CLEAN, UNDAMAGED & NOT HAVE ANY UNDESIRED
MARKINGS OR WORDS.
- Check to see that gloves are the proper weight for the fighter.
- ALL CSAC/IKF Amateur bouts wear 10 ounce gloves.
- BOTH Fighters must have the EXACT same Brand and Model of gloves as their
- Once handwrap is approved by the Inspector the Inspector must sign them off
directly on top of the wrap.
- During taping of gloves make sure the laces are tied on the BACK side of
the glove and at the top of the wrist before taping with Blue/Red tape.
- OTHER CONCERNS
- Inspectors are to observe carefully the participant to ensure that no
illegal drug or foreign substance is used or ingested in the dressing room or
during the fight.
- Any use or suspected use of a drug or foreign substance should be
immediately reported to the Chief IKF Representative of the event.
- Only IKF Licensed Trainers / Cornermen, Fighters, Event Officials and Staff
are to be permitted in the lockerroom area.
- No Alcohol, Coffee, or Energy Drinks are permitted in the lockerroom area.
- CSAC/IKF RULE: FOOD IS ALLOWED IN THE LOCKER ROOMS.
- FIGHTER WALKOUT
- Prior to leaving for the ring take a last look at the corner equipment to
make sure necessary equipment is going out and nothing is going out that
- EMPTY BUCKET: MANDATORY!
- Ice in a bag.
- Towel Surgical Tape.
- Cut Medicine (s)
- Adrenaline 1:1000.
- Thrombin, and Avitene.
- Water Spray Bottles and enswell.
- Also look at your fighter and make sure he/she has mouth-guard.
- As the Inspector you are to be physically closest to the fighter, at
his or her side and walking in sync.
- Fighter and team go out on your order, not when they want to or
when the music begins.
- When you arrive at the ring briefly inspect the steps for stability, ring
for debris, etc.
- Make sure the corner stool is in its place.
- Scan your area for anything not right.
- Stay with your fighter as they enter the ring.
- Once you and the fighter are in the ring, control the fighter and corners
to avoid any pre-fight inappropriate interactions with the opposing side.
- Be sure the fighter removes any costume, accessories, and/or robe before
the referee's last instructions.
- Accompany the fighter to the center of the ring for last instructions from
- Make sure that only the Chief Trainer / Second accompanies you and the
fighter to the center of the ring.
- Watch the Trainer / Second insert the mouthpiece.
- Order the corner out of the ring and let yourself out lastly in a timely
- CORNERING A FIGHT
- Know where your team is (Doctors, Lead Inspector and Inspectors).
- Make eye contact with the Chief IKF Inspector periodically throughout the
bout. He or she may see something you don't.
- Position yourself where you can see all the Trainers / Seconds in the
corner you are working.
- Make sure the Trainers / Seconds remain seated during rounds, be aware of
any inappropriate behavior.
- Do not allow them to have their hands up on the apron of the ring during
- In any temporary stop of action, due to Doctors or Referees request the
corner is not allowed to communicate with the fighter and must remain
- Do not allow "over coaching" i.e. ("Kick him,
Get him! Etc.") appropriate instructional commands only!
- If you have a defiant and unruly second respectfully inform him/her of
their unacceptable behavior, and if it continues have him /her removed from the
- Remember you are the boss of that corner and you must be in control. Work
through the Chief second to regain control if things get out of hand.
- Ensure that all the equipment is off the ring apron during the bout and
there is nothing hanging from the turnbuckles.
- Corner must remain seated until the round bell rings, not creeping up the
stairs. Your position should be to control the stairs to ensure no early
entrance to the ring.
- WHEN YOU ENTER THE RING BETWEEN ROUNDS
- In between rounds you are to be first in the ring.
- Then position yourself were you can see the eyes and face of the fighter.
- Do not to lose your focus on your fighter.
- Sadly to say, veteran corners know all the tricks to steer your attention
away just long enough to execute illegal tactics.
- Witness the mouthpiece being removed and be aware of where it is always.
- Position yourself to allow the doctors at ringside a view of the fighter.
- The corners are not to apply excessive Vaseline.
- Make sure the water is not being used inappropriately (a little poured
over the head is ok, nothing down the trunks) Spray bottles and sponges are
- This is a vital time, and a time where you must observe the fighters
condition and his / her will to continue.
- Look at his / her body language, what is he/she saying in response to
- Is the fighter alert?
- Are the eyes wandering or attentive?
- Advise the referee immediately of any concerns you might have.
- As soon as the 10 second whistle is heard, yell out "Seconds Out!".
If they do not get out fast enough tell them to do so next round. Let them get
out of the ring first and you are to be the last one out.
- The corner is to wipe up any excess water left on the canvas from
- DURING THE BOUT
- During the fight, the inspector will observe the conduct and actions of the
seconds in the corner.
- It is important to be positioned so that all activities that occur in the
corner can be observed.
- Don't be maneuvered or manipulated by the seconds.
- The best tactic is to use the participants face as a focal point, most
improper activity will occur around the nose, mouth or ears.
- The Inspector should not engage in conversation with the corner, unless
absolutely necessary, or fans during the match. And never offer advice
- The inspector must also be alert between rounds to the conversation between
the participant and the corners to be sure no coercion to return to action is
taking place against the wishes or judgment of the participant.
- Should this occur, immediately report this directly to the Chief IKF
Representative in a low-key manner.
- If a Chief Trainer / Cornerman wants to stop the fight instruct them to
inform you and you will step up and inform the referee.
- No throwing in the towel (This must be instructed in the locker room).
- ALLOWED TRAINERS / CORNERMEN / SECONDS
- A minimum of two seconds and maximum of three seconds can corner a fight.
- However, the IKF allows the event Promoter to determine how many Trainers /
Cornermen are allowed. Some promoters limit this to two since some Trainers /
Cornermen use their license just to watch the events.
- One second, the Chief second, or Cut man is permitted inside the ring
during the rest period.
- Under IKF Rules, only one Trainer / Cornerman may be on the apron outside
of the ropes and one on the floor at the bottom of the stairs.
- In no case may any person other than the Trainer / Cornerman be permitted
in the seating area of the corner during the fight or rest periods.
- If you are having problems with unauthorized individuals approaching the
corner or stairs during the rest period, keep your focus on the participant and
try to catch the eye of the Chief IKF Representative or let he/she know at your
earliest convenience. This may be a planned diversion.
- IN NEED OF THE DOCTOR
- Any time the ringside physician is summoned by the referee either during a
round or the rest period between rounds, make certain that the Trainer /
Cornermen give him room to do so.
- If the physician is summoned during the round, the Inspector does not need
to stand up on the ring canvas.
- Instead, make sure the Trainer / Cornermen understand that they are not to
stand up on the ring canvas or give fighter instructions until the rest period
- If the physician needs time to examine the participant after the rest
period, the referee will call time out immediately after the bell rings to start
the next round.
- The inspector should be keeping the corners quiet with no instructions
- HANDLING A KNOCKOUT
- If and when there is a knockout, make sure the corner stays outside of the
ring and does not enter until the doctor has examined the fighter and you, the
inspector, get the OK from the doctor.
- If you are the nearest inspector to the downed fighter assist the doctor in
any way needed (including getting out of the way) and bring in the stool
- Medical attention is to be done by the ringside physician and/or
- Make the stool available but do NOT force it on the doctor or fighter.
- The furthest inspector should bring in a stool as well.
- If you are in the fighter's corner who has knocked out his/her opponent it
is pertinent you do not allow your fighter to jump up and down in celebration on
- This is to prevent any further damage to the downed fighter.
- Also direct your fighter away from the downed fighter.
- AFTER THE FIGHT
- After the fight, enter the ring and position yourself near the fighter.
- Escort the fighter out of the ring/cage as efficiently as possible.
- It is important that the doctor sees the fighter ASAP!
- While escorting each fighter to the physician for post bout evaluation keep
a close eye on their body language, especially if a fighter has taken a lot of
punishment and/or has lost consciousness.
- Inform the doctor of any observations or comments made by the fighter that
might be helpful in his/her evaluation.
- Wait with the fighter until your doctor has cleared your fighter.
- Make a mental note of what fighters have fought and to keep an eye for
signs of concussions in the locker room.
- Once the doctor has cleared your fighter do not go watch the fights. Go
back to the locker room to assist other inspectors and do a visual check of
fighters that have completed their fight.
- OTHER INFORMATION
- Cut Medicine
The only generally approved medicines for cuts
- ADRENALIN 1:100
- This solution, when applied to open wounds, constricts blood vessels to
help dam even the most stubborn flows.
- It is a clear liquid that is usually stored in a dark bottle because it is
adversely affected by prolonged light.
- It is a potent Vaso-Constrictor (Constricts torn blood vessels and
helps to decrease flow of blood)
- It is almost tasteless, Very little is absorbed through the cut and is
usually applied by Q-tip to a cut or a bleeding nose inside.
- It is a Microfibullar Collagen Hemostat (agent that stops bleeding)
- It is usually in white powder form or white thin sheets of material like
- It is applied to a bleeding surface and causes platelets to adhere.
- It works on fibrinogen (a protein in the blood plasma that is essential
for the coagulation of blood).
- Blood must be removed prior to usage.
- It must be used fresh, if left in a bag for months it becomes useless.
- Needs refrigeration and the liquid is applied directly to the cut.
- Theses medicines must be in original bottles that are properly labeled:
- Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline) shall only be allowed in reasonable
amounts around the eyes, forehead and face. Not on the ears, head, neck,
arms, legs or body.
- Thai Liniment, Lanolin, Ben Gay, Icy Hot, Tiger Balm, Liniments, Baby Oil.
Etc. are not approved substances and are not allowed to be used.
- PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO
- No one is permitted to use flash photography during a contest because it
can be blinding to the participants and the referee.
- Inform the Lead Inspector of any flash photography you observe.
- Videotaping or photography from the corner is not allowed!
- If a corner asks you to assist in taking pictures while in the ring after
the fight do not partake.
- As inspectors of the CSAC/IKF you are expected to conduct yourself
professionally and not take pictures with fighters during the events.