The World Video Boxing Association, commonly abbreviated WVBA, is the fictional boxing association which sanctions the matches in the Punch-Out!! series of games. It is a parody of the real-life World Boxing Association. The WVBA was founded in or before the year 1984 (when the Punch-Out!! arcade game debuted) and reached its peak between 1987 and 1990 (when the first home console games were released). It sank into obscurity after 1994, only to resurface in 2009.
The WVBA is usually composed of three circuits; the Minor Circuit, the Major Circuit, and the World Circuit. In 1990, the WVBA introduced a new Special Circuit for higher-ranking boxers, though it was later retired.
The WVBA is infamous for its unique rules, including the three-knockdown TKO rule, bouts which last only 3 rounds or a single round of unlimited time, and a complete disregard for weight classes. Another is allowing the referee to decide the winner in a decision, leading to "unfair hometown decisions". It is also notorious for its "no illegal moves" rule, turning a blind eye to unorthodox techniques which would be considered illegal in other boxing associations, whether it be kicking, spitting, headbutting, or even the flagrant use of weapons and magic. A common theory is that the WVBA only has these rules:
- The boxers must wear gloves.
- If a boxer is knocked down and can not return to an upright position in the center of the ring by the time the referee counts to ten, the referee will stop the fight and declare the other boxer the winner by KO.
- The three knockdown rule is recognized. Therefore, if a boxer is knocked down three times within a single round, the referee will stop the fight and declare the other boxer the winner by TKO.
- Each fight consists of three 3-minute rounds, or one 3 minute round.
- If the fight does not end in a form of KO within the three rounds, a decision victory is called by the referee.
- If there is only one round, a fight that does not end in a form of KO within three minutes is declared a "time up" and is recorded as a loss for the challenger.
- There are no illegal moves or punches.
- When the opponent is knocked down, the other boxer must return to their corner and may not interfere with their recovery.
- The round time is stopped when a boxer is knocked down. Therefore, a boxer cannot be "saved by the bell."
- A victorious challenger takes the defeated boxer's position, whether it's their circuit rank or their title. A defeated challenger may request a rematch or have their rank lowered.
- Once a boxer has become world champion and wishes to retire, they must lose at least three times before being allowed to leave the ring.
- A new boxer must progress through the circuits in order, starting with the Minor, then the Major, and finally, the World Circuit.
- To enter the Special Circuit, the Minor, Major, and World Circuits must be cleared with a 4-0 Record. Losing a match does not disqualify a boxer from entering the Special Circuit, but they are required to redo the circuit they lost in until they clear it with an undefeated record.
- Boxers that have at least 100 losses on their record are allowed to wear headgear during sanctioned bouts.
- Both KOs and TKOs are considered KOs for the purpose of keeping track of a boxer's record.