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AIBA Men's World Championships 2021 Medal Table

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Cuba 3 0 2
Kazakhstan 2 2 1
United States 2 2 0
Japan 2 0 0
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AIBA Men's World Championships 2021 Results

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World Cup 2022

The Boxing World Cup is due to take place in 2022 after a 14-year absence. 

It will be held in Russian capital Moscow and is expected to feature 16 countries and teams comprising a mix of Olympic boxers and professional fighters. 

The event had been scheduled to make its grand return in October 2020, but was pushed back because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Russian city of Moscow is hosting the relaunched Boxing World Cup in 2022 ©Getty Images
The Russian city of Moscow is hosting the relaunched Boxing World Cup in 2022 ©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 before it was delayed. 

If it is a success, AIBA hopes 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. 

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

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

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

Polish city Kielce staged the Youth World Boxing Championships in April 2021.

More than 400 boxers aged 17, 18 and 19 from in excess of 50 countries traveled to Poland for the competition at the Hala Legionow Sports Complex.

Twenty sets of medals were on offer in total - 10 for men and 10 for women.

Poland saw off competition from rival bidder Nicaragua to earn the right to host the event, which had been scheduled for November 2020 but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

AIBA later waived the host fee for the Youth World Boxing Championships as spectators were not allowed at the 3,000-capacity venue for health reasons.

Arundhati Choudhary, in red, was one of eight Indian champions at the 2021 Youth World Boxing Championships ©AIBA
Arundhati Choudhary, in red, was one of eight Indian champions at the 2021 Youth World Boxing Championships ©AIBA

India topped the medal table when it was all said and done, winning eight golds and three bronzes for a grand total of 11.

The nation was especially dominant in the women's contests, winning seven of the 10 available world titles.

Vinka, Gitika, Arundhati Choudhary, Sanamacha Thokchom, Babyrojisana Chanu, Poonam and Alfiya Tarannum Akram Khan Pathan all won their respective women's divisions, with Sachin India's sole men's victor.

Russia also won 11 medals in total - three gold, five silver and three bronze - while Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan won 10 each.

Twenty-three countries were represented on the various podiums.

The event was tinged with sadness, however, as Jordanian boxer Rashed Al-Swaisat tragically died more than a week after collapsing during a fight at the tournament.

AIBA has commissioned an independent investigation to "investigate and review the circumstances of his participation in the Championships, his injury, his treatment and the protocols followed on that occasion". 

The 2021 Youth World Boxing Championships was the second edition of the event in a row where men and women competed alongside one another, having done so in Hungarian capital Budapest in 2018. 

A new scoring system was used at the 2021 Youth World Boxing Championships in Poland ©AIBA
A new scoring system was used at the 2021 Youth World Boxing Championships in Poland ©AIBA

There, 359 boxers from 65 countries battled for the world titles. 

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. 

A biennial competition, the first edition of the Youth World Boxing Championships was 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.

The next edition is planned for September 2022, with the host as yet undecided.


Global Boxing Forum

The Global Boxing Forum was launched in 2018 by Russian Boxing Federation secretary general Umar Kremlev, who became AIBA President in December 2020. 

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

From 2021, International Boxing Day will take place every year on August 27. 

The date ties in with the first edition of the International Boxing Federation (AIBA) World Championships, which were held in Havana, Cuba in 1974.

The competition was held between August 17 and August 30 with 11 champions crowned and the host country topping the medal table.

International Boxing Day first took place in 2017. After that, fans, athletes and stakeholders alike were encouraged to come together to celebrate boxing every year on July 22. 

The new August 27 date was confirmed in July 2021.

International Boxing Day previously took place on July 22 every year, but has now been moved to August 27 ©AIBA
International Boxing Day previously took place on July 22 every year, but has now been moved to August 27 ©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

In 2019, 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.

A cultural programme also took place alongside the boxing action. 

Among the performers was Roy Jones Jr, the former middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight world champion. 

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

In 2020, more than one million people tuned in to a show celebrating International Boxing Day which was broadcast by the Russian Boxing Federation on VK

In lieu of an event in Red Square, which was not possible because of the coronavirus pandemic, the seven-hour broadcast featured interviews with officials and boxers, musical performances and boxing highlights. 

Russia's President Vladimir Putin had earlier given his backing to the digital event and Artur Beterbiev, AIBA's light-heavyweight world champion in 2009, was among those to contact the programme.

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


What's New?

On December 12 in 2020, Russia's Umar Kremlev was elected as President of the International Boxing Association.

He won 57.33 per cent of the vote as AIBA's Congress was held virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic, and saw off a field which began as six challengers.

Kremlev immediately called for unity and reforms as he prepared to lead amateur boxing worldwide.

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. 

Kremlev, the Russian Boxing Federation secretary general, 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 was elected AIBA President in December 2020 ©AIBA
Umar Kremlev was elected AIBA President in December 2020 ©AIBA

To improve dialogue between AIBA, Confederations and National Federations, Kremlev devised Continental Boxing Forums, where reports from both the Reform and Marketing Commissions were 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 13-year absence, and is due to take place across several Russian cities in 2021. It will be yet another exciting tournament for boxing fans to watch.

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





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