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World Cup 2020

The Boxing World Cup is due to take place this year after a 12-year absence. 

It will be held in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod in October and is expected to feature 16 countries and teams comprising a mix of Olympic boxers and professional fighters. 

The Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod is hosting the relaunched Boxing World Cup in 2020 ©Getty Images
The Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod is hosting the relaunched Boxing World Cup in 2020 ©Getty Images

Up to $5 million (£4 million/€4.5 million) in prize money could be offered at the tournament. 

The tournament’s motto will be “Boxing for Peace”, with competition due to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two. 

If it is a success, AIBA hope to include female boxers in future tournaments.

The Boxing World Cup was originally launched in 1979 when it was staged at Madison Square Garden in New York City, with the United States beating the Soviet Union in the final.

It was held from 1979 to 1998 as an individual competition and from 2002 to 2006 as a team competition. 

In 2008 the format returned to individual competition, though the team score was still accounted for, with Cuba triumphing.

Cuba are the most successful nation in the Boxing World Cup's history ©Getty Images
Cuba are the most successful nation in the Boxing World Cup's history ©Getty Images

Indeed, Cuba are the most successful team in the World Cup, winning seven of the 12 editions so far. 



AIBA Youth Men's and Women's World Championships

The next Youth Men's and Women's World Championships are set to take place in the Polish city of Kielce from April 10 to 24, 2021. 

The world's best boxers aged 17 and 18 will be competing across 10 weight classes. 

AIBA was due to host the event between November 2 and 9, 2020, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bouts in 2021 will take place at the Hala Legionow Sports Complex, with space for 3,000 fans.

The Youth Men's and Women's Boxing World Championships will be held at Hala Legionow Sports Complex in Kielce ©Facebook
The Youth Men's and Women's Boxing World Championships will be held at Hala Legionow Sports Complex in Kielce ©Facebook

Poland saw off competition from rival bidder Nicaragua to earn the right to host the event. 

It will be the first time the country welcomes the tournament. 

Men and women will compete alongside each other for the second Youth World Championships in a row, having done so in the Hungarian capital of Budapest in 2018. 

There, 359 boxers from 65 countries battled for the title. 

Russia topped the medal table at the 2018 Youth World Boxing Championships in Budapest ©AIBA
Russia topped the medal table at the 2018 Youth World Boxing Championships in Budapest ©AIBA

Russia finished as the most successful country, earning six gold medals. 

Boxers from the United States claimed three gold medals between them, while Thailand and India got two golds each. 

The Youth World Championships are a biennial competition, with the first edition held in 1979 in Yokohama in Japan. 

It was originally called the Junior World Championships, before switching to its new name in 2008, when the event was held in the Mexican city of Guadalajara.


Global Boxing Forum

The Global Boxing Forum was launched in 2018 by Russian Boxing Federation secretary general Umar Kremlev, who is now AIBA Marketing Commission chair. 

Professional and Olympic boxing stakeholders are invited to the Forum to discuss the development of the sport. 

This includes organisations such as the World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Organisation, World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation (IBF). Leading promoters and managers are also invited, alongside the best boxers from around the world. 

The first Forum took place in the Russian city of Sochi in March 2018. Representatives from more than 130 countries were in attendance, with WBC Head Mauricio Suleiman, WBA President Gilberto Mendoza and IBF Head Daryl Peeples joining the AIBA leadership. The only three-time Olympic boxing champion and six-time world champion Felix Savon was a special guest. 

 The 2019 Global Boxing Forum was held in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg ©Global Boxing Forum
The 2019 Global Boxing Forum was held in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg ©Global Boxing Forum

Last year, Yekaterinburg hosted the second edition of the Global Boxing Forum. The programme featured meetings, seminars, press conferences and a charity auction. A boxing show also took place, contested by Dmitry Kudryashov, Alexei Papin, Alexei Egorov and Evgeny Tishchenko. Firuza Sharipov and Yulia Kutsenko then battled in a women’s boxing match. 

An exciting boxing show took place during the 2019 Global Boxing Forum ©Global Boxing Forum
An exciting boxing show took place during the 2019 Global Boxing Forum ©Global Boxing Forum

The Forum showed off boxing in a new way, with an exciting stage design used for the Opening Ceremony to move the sport away from its traditional image. 

The Global Boxing Forum has inspired similar events in the boxing world, such as the All-Russian Boxing Forum and the AIBA Continental Forums. 


International Boxing Day

International Boxing Day first took place in 2017. Since then, fans, athletes and stakeholders alike have been encouraged to come together to celebrate boxing every year on July 22. 

 International Boxing Day takes place on July 22 every year ©AIBA
International Boxing Day takes place on July 22 every year ©AIBA

Russia have hosted a number of significant events to celebrate International Boxing Day. The first year of celebration saw a mass boxing training session held in the iconic Red Square in Moscow, attended by around 3,000 people. In 2018, teams from Russia and Germany participated in an exciting and competitive boxing show. 

A mass boxing training session took place for the first International Boxing Day in 2017 ©Getty Images
A mass boxing training session took place for the first International Boxing Day in 2017 ©Getty Images

Last year, another spectacular celebration was held at Red Square in Moscow. More than 40,000 young athletes performed for an enthusiastic audience, who were then treated to a series of high-level bouts featuring the likes of Fedor Chudinov, Magomed Madiev and Islam Edisultano.

Boxing shows have taken place in Red Square in Moscow for International Boxing Day ©Getty Images
Boxing shows have taken place in Red Square in Moscow for International Boxing Day ©Getty Images

A cultural programme also took place alongside the boxing action. Among the performers was Roy Jones Junior, the former middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight world champion. 

AIBA have grown global interest for International Boxing Day by sharing the greatest boxing stories and organising quizzes. They are confident celebrations will soon be spread to countries all around the world. 


What's New?

AIBA have been working to improve their global reputation, with two Commissions formed in November 2019 to help with this. 

A Reform Commission on AIBA Statute amendments was created, which includes AIBA legal advisors and senior members of AIBA Federations. Presidents of each Confederation are also on the Commission. 

Russian Boxing Federation secretary general Umar Kremlev was made head of the new Marketing Commission, which aims to create a global marketing plan to attract sponsors and secure broadcaster deals for the World Championships and World Cup.

Umar Kremlev is now head of the AIBA Marketing Commission ©AIBA
Umar Kremlev is now head of the AIBA Marketing Commission ©AIBA

To improve dialogue between AIBA, Confederations and National Federations, Kremlev devised Continental Boxing Forums, where reports from both the Reform and Marketing Commissions are to be presented. 

So far, the Americas Forum has been held in Panama, the Oceania Forum in Fiji and the Asian Forum in the Jordanian capital of Amman. The European and African Forums are yet to be held. 

This year, AIBA have launched Continental Boxing Forums ©AIBA
This year, AIBA have launched Continental Boxing Forums ©AIBA

The Global Boxing Foundation project is also being developed, having first been initiated by Kremlev at last year’s Global Boxing Forum. The Foundation will try to unify boxing stakeholders all around the world. It will not only focus on AIBA’s collaboration with other boxing organisations, but also on social investments such as charity events, legal assistance to boxers, aid for veteran boxers and the development of boxing across the world. 

The Boxing World Cup is making a comeback after 12-year absence, taking place in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod later this year. It will be yet another exciting tournament for boxing fans to watch.  

Meanwhile, preparations for the men and women’s World Championships in 2020 and 2021 continue.





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