Boxing Licensing Procedure
As contemplated by the South African Boxing Act, Act No.11 of 2001, Boxing SA “may issue certificates of registration to any person who is not a member of Boxing SA as a boxer, official, trainer, manager or promoter”.
Who can apply for a license?
An applicant for a license must be older than 18 years across all categories. In case of a Boxer, the applicant must be older than 18 years but younger than 35 years in the case of first registration. A boxer who has not participated in a boxing contest for a continuous period of 12 months or more shall be deemed to be a first registration.
When do applications and renewals open?
Application for first registrations and renewals open in November, or any other time as determined and communicated by BSA, and close on 28 February for early approval annually. BSA shall use the month of March to process all applications, facilitate approval from the Board and release the names of all approved applications before the beginning of the new financial year, i.e., 1 April. In addition to this, the month of March is used to produce identification cards for all licensees whose applications have been approved.
What if I miss the date of 28 February?
Should you miss the closing date of 28 February you may still submit your application up until 31 March, however, your application will only be tabled for Board approval in the board meeting scheduled for late April of the new financial year. The implication thereof is that individuals who missed the early approval closing date will not be eligible to participate in any boxing activities till after the approval in April. You are therefore encouraged to submit your applications before the early approval closing date.
Specific Board approval and approval announcement dates shall be published annually in November when the licensing period opens.
Do I need to fill in any forms?
No. All license applications and renewals are done online. Boxers do however need to submit a completed Medical Examination Form which is available on the BSA website.
How much do I pay for my license?
- BSA shall annually determine the various registration fees payable by persons applying for first registration or renewal fees. In alignment with the Boxing Regulations, BSA has published its annual licensing tariffs and these can be found on the BSA website. Click Here to access the latest tariffs.
- Payments must be processed online using your credit/debit card or other available options. No cash payment to BSA officials is permissible.
- When making bank payment, please use the reference number provided on the system as well as the banking details provided.
- Payments made without an Application Form will not be considered for approval.
What documents do I need to apply for or renew my license?
The following are standard requirements for the license application or renewal for:
- Medical Examination Form
- 2x certified copy of ID document (new applications only)
- 2x passport size colour photo (new applications only)
- Latest Medical Reports, i.e. HIV, Hepatitis B and, in case of a female boxer, a breast and pelvic examination
All other categories:
- 2x certified copy of ID document (new applicants only)
- 2x passport size colour photo (new applicants only)
- All documentation copies must have been certified at any police station or by a Commissioner of Oath within the last three (3) months.
- Boxers aged 35 and above, who have not previously submitted a copy of a brain scan (CT/MRI), will still be required to do so before participating in any fight. These will be kept on file for a period of at least 5 years.
What confirmation will I receive to confirm my license approval?
SMS communication will be issued to all approved licensees and each licensee will be able to print a personalised Certificate of Registration from the online system.
Does BSA license foreign nationals?
- Yes. Only holders of either a Permanent Resident Permit, Asylum Seeker Permit or Green Refugee ID document, which permit the holder to take up employment in South Africa, will be licensed by BSA.
- Non-SA citizens across all categories will be required to meet the licensing standard requirements, complete the Renewal/Application Form, and submit these to the BSA national office or to the closest Provincial Mangers.
- A Certified copy of the Permanent Resident Permit, Asylum Seeker Permit or Refugee Identity Document must be submitted as well.
- Foreign nationals who do not meet the requirement on 8 (i) but wish to participate in BSA sanctioned tournaments in South Africa must apply for sanctioning for each tournament by submitting to BSA a letter of authorisation (Clearance Letter) from the controlling body to which he/she is licensed along with the full current medical status and professional boxing record.
- A passport alone will not be accepted as supporting documentation for license renewal or registration nor will special skills permit be acceptable.
- Foreign national Boxers who are licensed by BSA will be eligible to participate and benefit from the BSA Safety Fund however may not be eligible to contest for a South African provincial or national title.
I am an MMA licensed fighter. Can I apply for a boxing license as well?
BSA does not grant a boxing license to any person who is licensed as a fighter in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). A South African citizen who wishes to be licensed as a professional boxer shall be required to relinquish his/her license and participation in MMA.
Foreign nationals, active in MMA, may be temporarily licensed for a specific event after submitting to BSA a letter of authorisation from the controlling body to which he/she is licensed along with the full current medical status and professional boxing record.
How can I turn professional?
- BSA hosts national sparring events annually in January and February. Boxers who qualify at these BSA convened sparring sessions will only be eligible for participation from 1 April of the next financial year. Dates and venues of sparring sessions will be announced annually in November when the licensing period opens.
- Sparring is only open to South African citizens.
- Foreign nationals who wish to turn professional and therefore participate in the sparring sessions must first submit their request to do so to BSA who will consider each case on its merit. Each request must be accompanied by a copy of a Permanent Residence Permit, Asylum Seeker Certificate or Refugee ID, as well as relevant amateur boxing book. Confirmation of approval will be issued to the applicant which should be submitted to the Provincial Manager overseeing the sparring session. Only boxers with the above documents will considered for sparring.
For more information on licensing please contact the Provincial Manager closer to your area.
- Mr. Lehlohonolo Ramagole | Gauteng, North West & Northern Cape | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mr. Phakamile Jacobs | East London | email@example.com
- Mr. Nceba Dladla | Port Elizabeth | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mr. Mike Dube | KwaZulu-Natal | email@example.com
- Mr. Mzoli Tempi | Western Cape | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mr. Oupa Lubisi | Mpumalanga | email@example.com
- Mr. Tinyiko Nkatingi | Limpopo | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mr. Mzolisa Mabuya | Free State | email@example.com