The International Boxing Association (IBA) has announced its work towards a new IBA competition system, with a trial to take place at the 66th Bocskai Memorial Tournament next month in Hungary.
The new competition system will seek to build on existing IBA World Championships, related Continental Championships and international multi-sport events including boxing tournaments. In the interest of sustainability, the new competition system will aim to support and grow the boxing tournaments already in place, which will be consolidated into a Boxing World Tour, while preserving the rich history of the sport.
In addition to significant prize pools and organizational support, IBA will strive to generate greater interest in the sport of boxing with wider coverage of events, while providing its athletes with more chances to compete.
“The new World Boxing Tour competition system has been developed with the aim of providing greater opportunities for our athletes, as well as event organizers around the world,” said IBA President Umar Kremlev. “Boxing has a rich history and it’s important that we build on existing successes, in a lasting way.”
The 66th Bocskai Memorial Tournament is one of Europe’s oldest elite boxing tournaments, having been held since 1956. The upcoming event will see representatives from 20 countries compete in all 12 women’s and 13 men’s weight classes.
IBA General Secretary Istvan Kovacs added: “Boxing has given me a lot and I am very honored to be here in Hungary with the chance to help a new generation of boxers. The Bocskai Memorial Tournament is exactly the kind of event that IBA should strive to preserve and develop. We will not allocate our resources only to creating new competitions where they are not needed. Instead, we will work to promote and shine a light on events like the one happening here in just a few days.”
With the Boxing World Tour currently in development, further details on ranking systems, upcoming events and more will be created in conjunction with National Federations, Host Cities and most importantly, the athletes themselves.
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