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COVID-19 guidelines

The Office of Combative Sports requires that any promoter requesting to conduct an event must also adhere the COVID-19 Guidelines for Minnesota Combative Sports. These guidelines are subject to modification based on the course of the pandemic and guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Executive Orders issued by the Governor’s Office.

This fluid situation is continually being monitored and adjusted which may result in rapid guideline modifications. Promoters and all other licensed participants in combative sports events are responsible to adhere to the most up-to-date guidance. View current guidelines here.

Minnesota Combative Sports Advisory Council

The next Advisory Council meeting is 4 p.m., Aug. 10, 2022.

Aug. 10, 2022, 4 p.m. meeting information

  • Register here to participate by computer or Webex app.

  • To participate by phone, when it's time for the meeting call 415-655-0003 or 855-282-6330 and enter access code 2481 060 1422.

  • Join by video system:  Dial can also dial and enter your webinar number.

  • View Webex instructions: interactive instructions and printable. To ensure your ability to connect, attempt log-in at least five minutes prior to the start of the meeting. Contact Chad Payment at or 651-284-5841 for more information or if you are unable to connect to the meeting.

Meeting materials

Application changes

The Minnesota Office of Combative Sports will no longer accept paper applications that include credit card information. Any older versions of applications received by our office that include credit card information will not have the card processed for payment.

Annual license fee changes as of July 1, 2019

  • Referee License fee reduced to $25

  • Judge License fee reduced to $25

  • Timekeeper License fee reduced to $25

  • Ringside Physician License fee reduced to $25

  • Managers no longer need a license in Minnesota

  • Announcers no longer need a license in Minnesota

ABC boxer identification number (ABIN) to replace boxing federal IDs

Sept. 7, 2018

Minnesota Office of Combative Sports has changed how it identifies professional boxers as it transitions to BoxRec being the "official record keeper" of the ABC.

In the past, a federal identification number was issued to applicants seeking to become or continue as professional boxers. This system has become outdated and is in conflict with the system provided by BoxRec.

U.S. professional boxers will now be identified by their ABC boxer identification number (ABIN). The ABIN will be made up of a fighter's global ID number, plus the addition of the issuing state's abbreviation (for example, if fighter X’s global ID number is 469964 and fighter X applies for his ABIN in New York, the ABIN number is NY469964). For previously identified fighters, the expiration of the ABIN will be the expiration date of their existing federal ID. New applicants will not be issued expirations in excess of four years past the issuance date.

The federal ID of previously identified fighters will not be discarded and will be kept on BoxRec's system until they expire (if BoxRec has been provided federal ID numbers and expirations). If you are manually submitting results, the ABIN is the number to be attributed to the fighter's record.

Why is this important?

Every fighter in the BoxRec system has already been given a global ID number, but federal ID information may not have been shared with them, despite BoxRec previously being the co-official record keeper for the ABC. Since these numbers are more complete than the federal ID numbers, it is in our best interest to move forward using the global ID as part of the ABIN.

What if the federal ID expiration information is not on the fighter's profile?

Obtain a copy of the fighter's federal ID, then contact the issuing commission and have them enter it into BoxRec (if you are unable to manually add the information in yourself).

The ABIN application has been created and will immediately be added to both and