FISU and the International Boxing Association have signed a cooperation deal ©IBA

A cooperation agreement has been signed by the International Boxing Association (IBA) and the International University Sports Federation (FISU).

Under the terms of the deal, the two organisations have promised to further develop boxing on campuses and at competitions for university athletes.

The development of both university sport and boxing, and joint educational initiatives, are among the other key parts of the new agreement.

IBA President Umar Kremlev and FISU Acting President Leonz Eder signed the contract this week.

"We look forward to what I believe to be a truly mutually beneficial cooperation between IBA and FISU," said Kremlev. 

"Together we will work to further instil fundamental values of boxing across the sports world as well as the younger generation of student athletes. 

"Through joint education programmes we intend to learn and exchange vital knowledge from and with FISU."

The development of boxing and university sport forms a core part of the new agreement ©Getty Images
The development of boxing and university sport forms a core part of the new agreement ©Getty Images

Eder said FISU was "truly excited to see IBA recognising the importance of our events and we are determined to promote boxing within the programme in tandem with the University Sport Movement.

"Boxing is a popular and universally accessible sport on campus which can be practised by all university students of all genders," he added.

"We will gladly encourage IBA to use university sport as a development platform for experimenting with new rules and the testing of new equipment."

Boxing is not a compulsory sport for organisers of the Summer World University Games, previously called the Summer Universiade.

It has not been included on the programme for this year's postponed Games in Chengdu but is set to feature when Yekaterinburg in Russia stages the event in 2023.

FISU has organised the World University Championship Boxing every two years since 2004.