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Boxing News
Dear Members of the Boxing Family,
Welcome to the latest edition of Boxing News. The
second half of 2014 included some of the busiest
months in the history of AIBA, with many great
points of interest along the way.
July’s Commonwealth Games saw thousands of
boxing fans attending a number of memorable
nights in Glasgow, Scotland, while in August I was
delighted to watch our future stars at the Youth
Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
In October, deserving Champions were crowned
in Incheon, Korea, at a remarkable Asian Games
boxing competition; and the following month, the
AIBA Women’s World Championships was held in Jeju, Korea and was full of wonderful
performances that truly epitomized the courage and skill of world class women boxers.
I would like to express my pride at the successful launch of the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB)
which is well on the way to revolutionizing pro boxing events across the world.
November’s 2014 AIBA Congress also held in Jeju saw the formation and discussion
of many future objectives and initiatives, which will undoubtedly improve AIBA even
further during the years to come. On a personal level, I was delighted to be re-elected as
AIBA President for the third consecutive term. After eight years, I am very pleased with
the work that we have already accomplished, and over the coming four years, we will
strive to make our best achievements even better.
2015 is a defining year for any boxer aiming to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
and the World Series of Boxing Season V offers its competitors the chance to achieve
Olympic qualification. WSB also welcomes back Franchises from Great Britain and China,
as well as three new teams from Morocco, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, meaning that a
total of 16 countries are now taking part in the competition.
This year will culminate with October’s AIBA World Boxing Championships in Doha,
Qatar.
I hope that you will enjoy this issue.
Yours in boxing,
We head into 2015 more united
and successful than ever
THIRTEEN EDITION 2014, July - December
CONTENTS
Executive Director Ho Kim
Editor-in-Chief Iryna Mazur
Contributor Martin Hines
Graphic Design Fabio Zeppetella (AIBA)
Cover page photo President Wu after his
re-election at AIBA 2014 Congress in Korea
Printed in Korea.
Letters, articles, photos and comments are most welcome.
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ISSN 1814-7518
AIBA President’s Message
The official magazine of the International
Boxing Association (AIBA)
1 	 President’s Message
2	 AIBA News in Brief
8	 AIBA EC Meeting in Istanbul
10	 2014 AIBA Congress
16	 AIBA Media Day
18	 Jeju Declaration
20	 AIBA Annual Awards
26	 AIBA Women’s World Boxing
Championships Jeju 2014
30	 AIBA Pro Boxing Launch
36	 WSB Season V
42	 Olympic Qualifying Events
44	 AIBA Academy Official Opening
4 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014
AIBA NEWS IN BRIEF
AIBA WOMEN’S WORLD BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS TOOK PLACE IN JEJU
The eighth edition of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships took place in Jeju, Korea,
where 280 elite boxers from 67 nations were taking part. Sixteen bouts were held on the opening day
of the competition, where Kazakhstan’s Dina Zholaman caused a huge surprise following her triumph
over Argentina’s gold medal contender Leonela Sanchez.
Followed by exciting ten days of boxing action, the finals brought the best
women boxers head to head for their title wins. The ten gold medal bouts
of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Jeju were held in the
front of the local boxing fans, as Ireland’s legendary Katie Taylor secured her
fifth title in a row, US London 2012 Olympic Champion Claressa Shields won
her first AIBA Women’s Championships gold, while Atheyna Bylon of Panama
became one of the greatest sportswomen in the history of her country.
WORLD BOXING L
Boxing leaders from all around
where they discussed and vote
passed a unanimous motion in s
The delegates have also re-ele
Ching-Kuo Wu, as Internationa
Association (AIBA) President
third consecutive term. Dr. Wu
Executive Board member, was
unopposed and has outlined
priorities for the future deve
of boxing around the world
included ensuring that more
were appointed to leadership
in boxing; establishing a ‘boxer c
organization by opening the d
boxers to take up leadership p
continuing to expand the Wor
of Boxing (WSB) competition
AIBA Pro-Boxing competition
while at the same time increas
commercial value; and nvest
revenues from Elite competiti
developing future generations o
by targeting funds towards the g
of the sport around the world.
In addition to re-electing the AIB
at the International Boxing Assoc
and Executive Committee memb
With the closing of 2014 AIBA C
Jeju Declaration for the further e
the mission set on October 22, 2
AIBA AMENDS APB, WSB, AOB COMPETITION
RULES AND TECHNICAL RULES
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has released the
newly amended AIBA Technical Rules and 3 Competition Rules on
AOB, APB and WSB following the amendment of AIBA Statutes,
which were approved at the AIBA EC meetings held in 2014 and
AIBA Congress held in Jeju.
In addition, AIBA Technical and Rules Commission and AIBA
HQs Office made the structure amendment in order to assist
our boxing family to better understand the rules. All amended
rules are underlined in order to be able to easier identify the
amendments.
It has been ensured that all amended Competitions rules for APB
(AIBA ProBoxing), WSB (World Series Boxing) and AOB (AIBA
Open Boxing) are in line with the other statutory documents
including the AIBA Bylaws, AIBA Ethics Code, AIBA Disciplinary
Code, AIBA Procedural Rules and AIBA Anti-Doping Rules.
No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 5
AIBA NEWS IN BRIEF
AIBA NEWS IN BRIEF
LEADERS CONVENE FOR 2014 AIBA CONGRESS
d the world gathered in Jeju, Korea for 2014 AIBA Congress,
ed on the key decisions for the future of boxing. All members
support of the launch of the AIBA Pro Boxing Competition (APB).
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BA President Ching-Kuo Wu, delegates from national federations
ciation’s 2014 Congress also voted to appoint new Vice Presidents
bers for the coming four years.
Congress, all Delegates unanimously approved and unveiled the
enhancement of its key initiatives for the successful fulfilment of
2007 in Chicago to govern the sport of boxing in all of its forms.
6 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014
AIBA NEWS IN BRIEF
AIBA PRESIDENT DR CHING-KUO WU APPOINTED
ALL 2015 - 2018 AIBA COMMISSION MEMBERS
The AIBA President, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, has completed his appointments of members for AIBA 11
Commissions, including all Chairpersons. A new AIBA Scientific Commission has also been established
and will ensure that boxing continues that boxing continues to develop scientific and medical related
new initiatives to further protect the safety of boxers and enhance the level of our competitions by
embracing the spirit and values of the Olympic Movement.
“I am very proud and happy to have found highly competent and knowledgeable boxing members to
take part in all Commissions’ work. I believe that these members will greatly contribute to the further
enhancement of our sport and continuous success of our organization”.
The mandate of the Commission
members is from January 2015 until
next AIBA Congress. All Commissions
have held their first meetings as well as
a Joint Meeting from February 3 – 5 in
Lausanne.
AIBA APPOINTS FORMER IMG AND
AS BOXING MARKETIN
AIBA, the world governing body for the sport of boxing, has appointed
global marketing company, the Boxing Marketing Arm (BMA).
Mr David Gough has significant experience in world-class sponsorship
previously worked for IMG, Coca-Cola amongst others and Disney Eve
AIBA President and BMA Board Chairman
is joining the BMA, and there is little dou
with significant support as we move into
“AIBA is the global governing body for the
sponsorship and marketing will certainly b
initiatives.”
Mr Gough, whose appointment was rev
important time for AIBA and the sport o
revolutionary change.
“Having worked for some of the world’s
World Series of Boxing (WSB) can establis
stage.”
Mr Gough has significant sports experien
and Olympic Games, five Super Bowls, fou
and Disney events.
BMA is the marketing company establish
three main programs, AIBA Open Boxing
(WSB) focused on TV/Media and Sponsor
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No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 7
AIBA NEWS IN BRIEF
ZERO CONCUSSIONS AT ASIAN GAMES
PROVED AIBA’S DECISION WAS CORRECT
The 17th Asian Games were held recently
in the city of Incheon, Korea, and the boxing
competitions ended on October 3 with excellent
outcomes for AIBA.
It was another major Elite men’s competition
during which AIBA evaluated all bouts closely
in order to check concussion rates without
headguards.
However, in Incheon, there were only two TKOs,
and at the post medical tests, both of those
boxers did not show any signs of concussion.
This result demonstrates that concussion
should not be an issue for the sport of boxing
if Elite men’s competitions are held without
headguards.
Nevertheless, now that the Asian Games are
over, AIBA also plans to adopt a new system to
continue to closely monitor all bouts to ensure
any possible concussion will be observed.
At the same time, to prevent any cut, AIBAhas
adopted very strict rules against any boxer
who might have the habit of using his head
and elbow as a tactic to conduct aggressive
competition and to win matches.
As a result, the rate of cuts has substantially
decreased to less than 3%.
AIBA believes cuts are not a major concern as
they will naturally go away at the higher level of
boxing competitions as time goes by, due to the
fact that the boxers, coaches and referees will
know how to conduct the bouts avoiding cuts.
D COCA-COLA EXECUTIVE
NG ARM CEO
d Mr David Gough as Chief Executive Officer for its exclusive
p sales, sports marketing and commercial partnership having
ents.
n, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, said: “I am delighted that David Gough
ubt that his excellent international experience will provide us
an exciting new era for boxing.
sport of boxing and David’s knowledge of international sports
boost the commercial success of our boxing competitions and
viewed and approved by the BMA board, said: “This is an
of boxing and I am thrilled to be joining at a time of such
s biggest brands and events, I am convinced that APB and
sh themselves as top sports competitions on the international
nce, having worked with Coca-Cola at the FIFA World Cup
ur NCAA Final Fours, three MLB and NBA All-Star Weekends
hed by AIBA to manage all commercial properties of AIBA’s
g (AOB), AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) and World Series of Boxing
rship Rights Sales.
NEW AND RE-ELECTED AIBA NATIONAL
MEMBER FEDERATIONS LEADERS
s extremely pleased to welcome new members into its family:
rmain Mehintoas as the President of Fédération Béninoise
xe (Benin), Mr Hery Mamy Rabarisoa as the President of the
tion Malgache de Boxe (Madagascar), Mr Sandeep Jajodia as
esident of Boxing India, and Mr Dmitry Tikhomolov who was
ted as President of the Belarus Boxing Federation.
8 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014
AIBA EC MEETING
AIBA Executive Committee
Decisions
AIBA held its 2014-2015 Executive Committee
from July 15 to 18 in Istanbul, Turkey, and the
AIBA Executive Committee (EC) discussed and
approved the following matters:
EC approved the 35-million investment to support
AIBA exclusive global marketing company, the Boxing
Marketing Arm (BMA), from the First Commitment
International Trade Ltd. (FCIT) based in Hong Kong
and rejected all other investment proposals.
EC approved the agenda of the 2014 AIBA Congress
which took place in November in Jeju, Korea, as well
as the elections procedure and amendments to the
AIBA Statutes.
EC approved the new budgets for the 2014-2015
period for all AIBA organizations as well as their
business plans.
EC approved amendments to AIBA Technical Rules,
AIBA Open Boxing (AOB), AIBA Pro Boxing (APB)
and World Series of Boxing (WSB) Competition Rules
which included:
•	 •	 Change of age for Elite men and women
boxers; however, men boxers aged 18 following
their date of birth will be allowed to participate
in Elite men’s Competitions (AOB, APB and WSB)
immediately
•	 Referees’ and Judges’ Evaluators positions no
longer exist
•	 Protest is no longer allowed
•	 AIBA is also responsible for the certification of
National Level R&Js
•	 Cavilon film should mandatorily be used by boxers
at all Elite men’s competitions to prevent possible
cuts
•	 Rules on Seconds were relaxed with regard to
communication with their boxers during bouts
•	 All Continental Multi-Sports Games are included
in AIBA Ranking Point Competitions – new AIBA
Ranking System
Additionally, EC chose the below host National
Federations / cities for AIBA events due to take place
in 2015–2016:
•	 Chinese Taipei Boxing Association to host the
2015 AIBA Junior/Youth Women’s World Boxing
Championships in Taipei City
•	 Boxing Federation of Russia to host the 2015
AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships in St.
Petersburg
•	 Boxing Federation of Russia to host the 2016
AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in St
Petersburg
•	 Cameroon Boxing Federation to host the 2016
AOB African Olympic Qualifying Event in Yaounde
•	 Argentinian Boxing Federation to host 2016 AOB
American Olympic Qualifying Event in Buenos Aires
•	 Chinese Boxing Federation to host the 2016 AOB
Asian/Oceania Olympic Qualifying Event in Qian’an
•	 Turkey Boxing Federation to host the 2016 AOB
European Olympic Qualifying Event in Istanbul
•	 Boxing Federation of Azerbaijan to host the 2016
Final AOB World Olympic Qualifying Event in Baku
•	 Kazakhstan Boxing Federation to host the 2016
AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in
Astana
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AIBA 2014 congress
President Wu re-elected
during 2014 AIBA Congress
The International Boxing Association (AIBA)
celebrated its 2014 Congress on November 13
and 14 with Jeju, Korea, as venue for one of the
most important events in recent boxing history.
The AIBA President, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, was re-elected
unopposed for a third consecutive term at the Congress
by delegates who gave him a standing ovation.
Speaking after his re-election, Dr Wu said: “This is a very
touching moment. You have all expressed your support
for my candidature. With the confidence and trust you
have given me, I can carry out the promises I made to
you. And you know that I always keep my promises.
Dr Wu continued: “Eight years ago, I promised I would
carry out reforms and I have done so. For the next four
years, there is still a lot of work ahead of us. We have
laid the foundations, but speaking as an architect, we
need to add more layers to create a solid and enduring
structure.
“I am very much looking forward to seeing the final
outcome of these initiatives over the coming four
years. I declare that ‘impossible is not our word’ until
we have taken boxing back to its Golden Age.”
Dr Wu also outlined his key priorities for the coming
four years, which included:
•	 Ensuring that more women were appointed to
leadership positions in boxing;
•	 Establishing a ‘boxer centered’ organization by
opening the doors for boxers to take up leadership
positions;
•	 Continuing to expand the World Series of Boxing
(WSB) competition and the AIBA Pro-Boxing
competition (APB), while at the same time
increasing their commercial value;
•	 Investing the revenues from Elite competitions
into developing future generations of boxers by
targeting funds towards the grassroots of the sport
around the world.
Other announcements from the Congress included
delegates from National Federations also voting to
elect new Vice Presidents and Executive Committee
Members for the coming four years thus:
The Vice Presidents appointments:
•	 VP for Africa: Kelani Bayor (Togo)
•	 VP for America: Osvaldo Bisbal (Argentina)
•	 VP for Asia: Serik Konakbayev (Kazakhstan)
•	 VP for Europe: Franco Falcinelli (Italy)
•	 VP for Oceania: Ted Tan ner (Australia)
In addition, three new Vice Presidents were appointed:
•	 Di Wu (China) VP representing the Boxing Marketing
Arm (BMA).
•	 Timur Kulibayev (Kazakhstan) VP representing the
AIBA Pro Boxing (APB)
•	 Gofur Rakhimov (Russia) VP representing the World
Series of Boxing (WSB)
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The Executive Committee Members are:
•	 From Africa: Mohamed Moustahsane (Morocco)
and Nabil Sadi (Algeria)
•	 From America: Alberto Puig De La Barca (Cuba) and
Ray Silvas (USA)
•	 From Asia: Yan Yue (China) and Yoon Seok Chang
(Korea)
•	 From Europe: Terry Smith (Wales) and Suleyman
Mikayilov (Azerbaijan)
•	 From Oceania: Mapu Jamias (American Samoa)
Additional EC Members elected:
•	 Fran Lopez Almeida (Venezuela)
•	 Jurgen Kyas (Germany)
•	 Eyup Gozgec (Turkey)
•	 Steve Ninvalle (Guyana)
•	 Pat Fiacco (Canada)
Additionally, boxing leaders from all around the world
agreed to pass a unanimous motion in support of the
launch of the AIBA Pro Boxing Competition (APB).
The new competition, launched by the International
Boxing Association (AIBA), features 80 of the world’s
best boxers competing in an unprecedented top-class
individual ranking-based format of ProStyle Boxing.
AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu said: “The APB is
the foundation for boxing heroes and future legends
which all young generations will follow and respect as
their role models.”
APB was launched in October 2014 as the top tier of
all AIBA competition programs, following AIBA Open
Boxing (AOB) and the World Series of Boxing (WSB).
The competition aims to bring boxing back into a
mainstream position in the world of sports by taking
into account the needs of fans and providing a top
quality, highly entertaining and easily understood kind
of ProStyle Boxing. APB’s structure aims to provide
fans with regular fight-cards in multiple markets.
APB has a merit-based and comprehensive ranking
system, with transparent and fair professional judging,
and it epitomizes boxing performance at its best with
a full long-term Athlete Development approach – from
grassroots to pro – to help identify the world’s true
boxing champions.
Boxing leaders also approved the appointments of
three AIBA Honorary Vice Presidents at the Congress,
as as Abdellah Bessalem from Algeria, Keith Walker
from New Zealand and Domingo Solano from the
Dominican Republic who were awarded these
honorary positions in appreciation for the work they
had carried out for AIBA over many years.
Domingo Solano was first elected to the AIBA
Executive to the AIBA Executive Committee in 1982
and was appointed Vice President for the first time in
2000. He was subsequently re-elected Vice President
in 2006 and 2010.
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At the close of Congress, delegates unanimously
adopted ‘The Jeju Declaration’, endorsing the initiatives
taken by AIBA to fulfil its mission to govern the sport
of boxing in all of its forms.
The Jeju Declaration included resolutions to support:
•	 The building of a tangible and protected career
plan for AIBA boxers;
•	 The continued development of women’s boxing at
all levels;
•	 The harmonization of technical rules for all AIBA
competitions, as well as the removal of headguards
in Elite men’s competitions;
•	 Protection of the image and reputation of the
International Boxing Association from any ill-
intentioned external influence;
•	 Prevention and sanction for any instances of
corruption, match fixing, gambling and violence
inside or outside the ring;
•	 Maintaining the principle of not using the word
“Amateur” in AIBA sport programs, as well as
avoiding being perceived as a “Combat and Martial
Arts” sport – and instead protecting boxing’s
ancient heritage as the “Noble Art”.
Abdellah Bessalem, from Algeria, was first elected to
the Executive Committee in 1998 and was elected
Vice President for the first time in 2006. He was
subsequently re-elected in 2010.
Keith Walker, from New Zealand, was appointed
an AIBA Executive Committee member in 2010 and
elected Vice President in the same year.
To applause from the 350 delegates in the room,
the three men were presented with certificates and
plaques by President Wu.
The AIBA Statutes were amended on November 13,
2014 to include this new honorary position before
these appointments.
In the final meeting, the Executive Committee
approved all proposed amendments of AIBA Statutes
to support the realization of recent years’ fast-paced
developments and additionally approved the following
issues:
•	 Decision to have the position of “Cutmen” in all
AIBA Competitions including WSB and APB as one
of AIBA Technical Officials
•	 Finalize AIBA and each Confederation Event
Calendar for 2015
•	 AIBA additional funds for supporting further
administrative excellence of all Confederations
•	 Approve the new APB logo and its branding
•	 Approval of the Congress Election Voting Process
PRESIDENT WU RE-ELECTED
DURING AIBA 2014 CONGRESS
AIBA 2014 congress
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AIBA Media Day
Resounding success
for AIBA media day 2014
On November 12, just a day before the 2014
AIBA Congress, a Media Day was held as boxing
media representatives were invited to a full day
of activities and information relating to AIBA.
After a welcome dinner on November 11, the itinerary
for the next day was vast, beginning with the World
Series of Boxing (WSB) Season V Draft in the morning.
In addition, the media were invited to join the
presentation of AIBA Executive Director Mr Ho Kim on
the ground-breaking competition format of AIBA Pro
Boxing. While after lunch AIBA President Dr Ching-
Kuo Wu gave a stirring speech regarding AIBA’s vision
of boxing.
WSB CEO Mr Karim Bouzidi hosted a Q&A regarding
the road to Season V of WSB and APB, before Mr David
Gough, the CEO of BMA spoke about a sustainable
commercial model of boxing.
Dr Charles Butler, Chairman of AIBA Medical
Commission,thendiscussedtheremovalofheadguards
from AOB competitions, before a unique panel took
place, as Mik Basi, 5-Star R&J, Dr Abdehamid Khadri,
Vice Chairman of AIBA Medical Commission, World
Champion Marlen Esperanza, Mirko World, former
undefeated professional boxer and Adam Kusior,
Chairman of AIBA Coaches Commission conducted a
view from the ring discussion.
The Media Day was a resounding success for all
involved and provided in-depth information to the
media representatives on the key AIBA activities and
competitions.
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THE JEJU DECLARATION
With the closing of the 2014 AIBA Congress, all
delegates unanimously approved and unveiled the
following declaration for the further enhancement of
its key initiatives for the successful fulfilment of the
mission set on October 22, 2007 in Chicago to govern
the sport of boxing in all of its forms.
DECLARATIONS
•	 One of the priorities of AIBA in the next 4 years is
to build and develop a tangible career protection
plan for all AIBA boxers, especially in regard to the
safety and post boxing career welfare and options.
•	 Enhancement of overall women’s participation
in the sport of boxing is another primary goal of
AIBA and it will further invest into development
programs for all levels of women boxers.
•	 AIBA decisions on the recent revolutionary adoption
of “One Technical Rules” for all AIBA Competition
Programs, AOB, APB and WSB, and its decision to
remove Headguards for Elite men’s Competitions
have been unanimously endorsed by the Congress.
•	 All members of the International Boxing Association
will give their best coordinated efforts to protect
the image and reputation of the world governing
body of the sport of boxing in all of its forms from
any outside ill-intentioned influence which seeks to
disrupt the harmony and unity of our organization.
•	 AIBA will continue working to prevent, including
through the use of disciplinary sanctions, any
possible corruption, match fixing, gambling and
violence inside or outside of rings.
•	 AIBA will continue maintaining its principle of
abandoning the use of the word “Amateur” in
relation to its sport programs and dissociating
the sport of boxing from images of it being a
“Combat and Martial Art Sport” in order to ensure
the protection of its original characteristic as the
“Noble Art” sport.
All AIBA Congress delegates strongly support the
present governance and all of the sport initiatives
being implemented by the current administration for
the best interests of all AIBA boxers and future young
boxing generations.
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AIBA COMMISSIONS
All 2015 - 2018
AIBA Commission
Members Appointed
ATHLETES&YOUTHCOMMISSION
CHAIRMAN
Serik KONAKBAYEV (KAZ)
VICE CHAIRMAN
Krasimir ININSKI (BUL)
MEMBERS
Mikhael BARKAN (ISR)
Bono BOSNJAK (CRO)
Malik BOUZIANE (FRA)
Stanislaw DOBOSZ (POL)
Joseph HERNON (IRL)
Mapu JAMIAS (ASA)
Jay KOWLI (IND)
Vittorio LAI (ITA)
Hee Lyong KO (KOR)
Victor LIU (TPE)
Boontun MUANGCHUEN (THA)
Ahmad NATEGH NOORI (IRI)
Flemming NISSEN (DEN)
Carl PESTICCIO (WAL)
Serik SAPIYEV (KAZ)
Kuok Veng VONG (MAC)
APB COMMISSION
CHAIRMAN
Brahim ASLOUM (FRA)
VICE CHAIRMAN
Michael MULLER (GER)
MEMBERS
Rolando ACEBAL MONTES (CUB)
Riyad BADJI (ALG)
Christoph BRUCKNER (AUT)
Joe CHRISTLE (IRL)
Leonard DOROFTEI (ROM)
Wei HUA (CHN)
Dragan IGNJATOVIC (SRB)
John KAMETA (KEN)
Do Kyun KIM (KOR)
Berik MARZHIKPAYEV (KAZ)
COACHES COMMISSION
CHAIRMAN
Pedro ROQUE OTANO (AZE)
VICE CHAIRMAN
Yuriy TSKHAY (KAZ)
MEMBERS
Otmane FADLI (MAR)
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The 2014 AIBA Annual Awards Ceremony was
held in Jeju, Korea, where a wonderful ceremony
was capped off by the honoring of some of the
greatest talent in boxing.
AIBA youth and senior competitions, plus the World
Series of Boxing (WSB) were all celebrated during
the evening, with the awards winders from each
organization delighted with their accomplishments.
The AIBA President, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, hosted the
event to tremendous acclaim, and the full list of
winners is announced below:
Best WSB Supervisor 2014:
Helmut RANZE from Germany
Ranze was the Vice Chairman of the AIBA Technical
& Rules Commission before he became its Chairman
in 2013. His knowledge of boxing has made him one
of the most invaluable Supervisors in boxing, and he
serves with great distinction in all AIBA Competitions.
Unfortunately, he could not be at the ceremony for
medical reasons, and his trophy was received by Mr
David Hoppstock, the Head Coach of the German
team.
Best WSB R&J 2014:
Mik BASI from England
Basi has been a boxing Referee and Judge since
he turned 25, and had the great honor to take the
Olympic Oath in the London 2012 Olympic Games on
behalf of all Officials as his words went live to four
billion people.
After becoming an AIBA 5-Star R&J in October 2012,
he has subsequently been one of the stand-out R&Js
at international tournaments worldwide and in all
AIBA Competitions.
Best WSB Coach 2014:
Rolando ACEBAL MONTE from the Cuba
Domadores
His career as a boxing coach began in 1978 and he
has gone on to become the Technical Director of the
Cuba Olympic National Team, coaching some of the
most successful boxers that the island has produced
over the last twenty years including three Olympic
Champions.
Monte led the Cuba Domadores to the WSB title in
their debut season, but due to the Central American
and Caribbean Games being held in Veracruz, Mexico,
he could not be present in Jeju.
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CELEBRATION OF 2014 AIBA
ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS
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Best WSB Boxer 2014:
Erislandy SAVON COTILLA from the Cuba
Domadores
Born in 1990 in Cuba, Savon won the 91kg title at
the 2008 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships
and the Super Heavyweight title at the Pan-American
Championships.
In WSB Season IV, Savon was one of just two boxers to win
all eight of his bouts, with the other being his teammate
Yosbani Veitia, who also achieved an 8-0 record.
DuringtheSeasonIVFinals,SavondefeatedtoughAzeri
Abdulkadir Abdullayev in a crucial and exciting match
in Baku, which helped his team Cuba Domadores to
become WSB Champions in their debut season.
Best AIBA Technical Official 2014:
Abdelhamid KHADRI from Morocco
Khadri was born in Morocco in 1954 and graduated
from the Faculty of Medicine of Rabat where he
specialized in Sports Medicine.
He has been coordinating the Medical Commission of
the Moroccan National Olympic Committee for several
years, and has been the Vice Chairman of the AIBA
Medical Commission having lead the Ringside Doctors
Workshop held in Assisi, Italy, in which 34 Doctors
took part.
Best AIBA R&J 2014:
Denis POPOV from Russia
Popov is a former Russian Champion boxer, but in
2004 he gave up competition and started his career
as a Referee and Judge, gaining a 1-Star Referee &
Judge status in 2005.
He became a 3-Star Referee & Judge in 2011 at the
Test Event for the London 2012 Olympic Games,
and was selected as the Best Referee & Judge of
the Competition at the AIBA Youth World Boxing
Championships Yerevan 2012.
Best AIBA Youth Woman Boxer 2014:
Elzbieta WOJCIK from Poland
Born in 1996, Wojcik first appeared at the international
stage in 2011 at the age of 15, and had a superb
2014 where she won a gold medal at the European
Women’s Junior & Youth Championships in Assisi.
This success also included gold at the AIBA Youth
World Boxing Championships in Sofia at the 75kg
weight category which qualified her for the Nanjing
2014 Youth Olympic Games, a competition in which
she won another gold medal on August 26, 2014.
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AIBA 2014 AWARDS CEREMONY
CELEBRATION OF 2014 AIBA
ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS
Best AIBA Youth Man Boxer 2014:
Javier IBANEZ DIAZ from Cuba
A two-time winner of Europe’s strongest youth
competition the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial
Tournament, and a winner in all of his national level
events in Cuba, Diaz claimed gold in the AIBA Youth
World Boxing Championships in Sofia, and the Nanjing
2014 Youth Olympic Games defeating Bulgaria’s
Dushko Mihaylov Blagovestov in both competitions.
ThesuccessoftheCubanwashelpedbyhisinvolvement
in the AIBA “Road to Sofia” Program.
Best AIBA Coach 2014:
Myrzagali AITZHANOV from Kazakhstan
Awarded the title of Best AIBA Coach for the second
successive year, Aitzhanov took over as Head Coach
of the Kazakhstan Boxing Team after the Beijing 2008
Olympic Games, and for six years he has been guiding
a young squad of talented boxers with his huge
experience and care.
Best AIBA Man Boxer 2014:
Daniyar YELEUSSINOV from Kazakhstan
Born in 1991, Kazakhstan’s national team captain won
his second Asian Games in Incheon where following
his excellent performance in the semi-final against
Turkmenistan’s former ASBC Asian Continental
Champion Serdar Hudayberdiyev, he provided a
different level of boxing than his final opponent,
Uzbekistan’s 19-year-old Israil Madrimov.
AIBA World Champion Yeleussinov claimed the Best
AIBA Men’s Boxer award for the second year in a row
due to his virtuoso talent and leadership skills.
Best AIBA Woman Boxer:
Claressa SHIELDS from the USA
Undefeated since May 2012, London 2012 Olympic
Games gold medalist and AIBA Women’s Youth World
Champion Claressa Shields is only 19, but added the
AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships to her
incredible trophy cabinet after defeating China’s
Incheon 2014 Asian Games winner Li Qian in the final
to complete the golden set.
The defence of Shields was excellent, and her energy
unparalleled as she won the bout by unanimous
decision and achieved her first World Championships
title.
Shields is one of the most exciting stars in the world
of boxing, and her performances in Jeju displayed her
undoubted potential, and her already glowing world
class skills.
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OLYMPIC QUOTA AND ELIGIBILITY
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WOMEN BOXERS SHINE AT
AIBA WOMEN’S WORLD BOXING
CHAMPIONSHIPS IN JEJU
The 2014 edition of the AIBA Women’s World
Boxing Championships took place between
November 16 and November 25 at the Halla
Gymnasium in Jeju, Korea.
280 boxers from 67 nations competed in the event, with
China, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Russia and United
States of America all sending the maximum number of
ten athletes to the Championships. The boxers competed
in ten weight categories: 48 kg, 51 kg, 54 kg, 57 kg, 60
kg, 64 kg, 69 kg, 75 kg, 81 kg and 81+kg.
Prior to the start of the Championships, AIBA’s “Road
to Jeju’ training program was held in Jeju at the
beginning of November.
This was an instalment of the “Road to Dream”
development program created by AIBA which is
one of the most innovative and rewarding sporting
initiatives in the world, and offers athletes and coaches
from underprivileged and developing countries the
opportunity to participate in major AIBA events as well
as Olympic Games and to attend intensive training
camps in the build-up to competitions.
AIBA provides each participant with airline tickets,
accommodation, meals, full training facilities with
equipment, training kits, full medical and massage
services as well as covering insurance, visa expenses
and local transportation.
“As one of AIBA’s Development Programs, the Road to
Dream follows the ideals of the Olympic Movement by
contributing to the social improvement of boxers, and
the dream of being competitive at major AIBA events
and Olympic Games” explained the AIBA President, Dr
Ching-Kuo Wu.
The Jeju version of the program was a resounding
success, perfectly encapsulated by Panama’s Atheyna
Bylon who sensationally claimed the Welterweight
class (69 kg) gold medal against Russia’s Saadat
Abdullaeva.
Before the tournament, Bylon was relatively unknown
at the international level and usually competed at the
Middleweight (75 kg) weight category, but at the
Road to Jeju camp, rapid improvements saw her and
her coaches decide together that her chances in Jeju
would be better at the Welterweight class.
Despite the drop down in weight, Bylon entered the
eighth edition of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing
Championships with little expectations.
After all, no previous boxer from her country had
ever won a bout in an AIBA women’s competition, let
alone won a medal.
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The chances were widely against Bylon, but she defied
all of the odds to secure one of the most unexpected
gold medals in the history of any boxing competition.
Bylon defeated all five of her tough rivals in the
Championships, writing history with each victory, all
of which were accomplished with superb boxing skills
and tremendous heart.
“I am super satisfied with my performance in Jeju.
My tactic was clear - to keep the distance, and I tried
to follow the instruction of my coach throughout the
whole Championships. I am feeling great joy and so
proud to get a gold medal for my country, Panama,
in a World Championships. I think I need some weeks
to believe I am the World Champion,” said Bylon after
she had written history in Jeju.
The powerful Panama sensation was one of ten
gold medalists, with the first being won at Light
flyweight (48 kg) by Kazakhstan’s Nazym Kyzaybay
who improved on the bronze medal she won at the
2012 AIBA Women’s World Championships when she
widely outpointed former AIBA Women’s Youth World
Champion India’s Shamjetsabam Sarjubala Devi.
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London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medalist Marlen
Esparza who also claimed a bronze medal in her first
AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New
Delhi, was in the Flyweight class (51 kg) final against
England’s Lisa Whiteside who replaced London 2012
Olympic Champion Nicola Adams in their squad.
Her English rival claimed a bronze medal at the last
edition of the AIBA Women’s World Championships in
Qinhuangdao at the Featherweight class (57 kg), and
Whiteside was able to control the opening portion of
the fight, before Esparza improved her tactics as the
fight progressed.
The US boxer displayed wonderful footwork in the
middle part of the bout, and her efforts were enough
to win by a narrow split decision.
Bulgaria’s Stanimira Petrova defeated four tough
rivals on the road to the finals which was surprising
enough as she was relatively unknown coming into
the Championships, but her final opponent was the
main favorite of the Bantamweight class (54 kg), Italy’s
defending EUBC European Women’s Continental
Champion Marzia Davide.
The Italian claimed her first medal, a silver at the
second edition of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing
Championships in Antalya twelve years ago, and was
looking for gold over a decade later.
This was a rematch of a bout which took place at the
Mohamed VI Trophy in Marrakech earlier on in the
year, which was won closely by Davide.
In the return match, Petrova’s tactics were much better
against the Italian veteran, and her youth and sheer
effort delivered an unexpected gold medal in Jeju.
Russia had four finalists in Jeju, and walked away
with three golds including a deserved win for Russia’s
EUBC European Women’s Continental Champion
Zinaida Dobrynina, who enjoyed Featherweight (57
kg) glory against Philippines’ China Open Tournament
winner Nesthy Petecio who eliminated the defending
champion, Tiara Brown of the US in the semi-finals.
Dobrynina managed to prevent the attacks of the
quick Filipino boxer in the opening round, which
meant that Petecio’s attacks were stifled in the early
part of the fight.
Despite some clever adjustments from the Asian
athlete, the Russian boxer kept control, which was
enough to get the gold medal.
Before the start of the Championships, the most
anticipated bout was a likely Lightweight (60 kg)
contest between four-time World Champion Katie
Taylor of Ireland, and Russia’s two-time AIBA Women’s
World Champion Sofya Ochigava, and the two were
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set to continue their storied rivalry in the quarter-
finals, before an injury to Ochigava prevented her
from taking to the ring.
Taylor shrugged off the disappointment of missing out
on the superclash, and after a tough contest in the
semi-finals against China’s Asian Games winner Yin
Junhua, the Irish icon then had to meet for the gold
medal with 27-year-old Yana Alekseevna to secure her
fifth title.
Azerbaijan’s lone finalist tried to get close in the
opening round of the Lightweight class (60 kg) final,
but Taylor picked up the pace in the second round,
and though it wasn’t her best win in the competition,
she ultimately won a well deserved fifth gold medal,
and firmly established her reputation as one of the
greatest boxers of all time, and matches the five gold
medals of India’s Mary Kom.
“It is an absolute privilege to equal that record of
five World Championships titles, and I thank God for
another great victory. I am absolutely delighted. It was
such a tight contest, every round was very close and
tricky. The tactics from my dad and Zuar Antia were
spot on again. Every Championships is so hard to win
and so hard to defend,” said Ireland’s Katie Taylor
following her victory.
Russia’s second gold of the competition was won
by Anastasia Beliakova who comfortably defeated
England’s Sandy Ryan at Light welterweight (64 kg),
while America’s teenage supremo Claressa Shields
defeated China’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games winner
Li Qian in the final of the Middleweight class (75 kg) to
complete a golden set of medals at just 19-years old.
The 2014 AIBA Best Woman Boxer of the year
enjoyed a hugely impressive performance in the semi-
finals against Canada’s two-time AIBA Women’s
World Champion Ariane Fortin-Brochu, and is now
an AIBA World Champion, with more gold medals
from the London 2012 Olympic Games, the 2013
AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships,
plus the 2012 and 2014 AMBC American Women’s
Continental Championships.
At Light Heavyweight (81 kg), China’s Yang Xiaoli
continued her nation’s dominance at the weight class
as she won every round against India’s Saweety Boora,
while in the highest Heavyweight category of 81+kg,
Russia’s Zenfira Magomedaliyeva claimed gold over
Kazakhstan’s Lazzat Kungeybayeva.
After the incredibly hard work of everybody involved
in the Championships, from the boxers and their
training teams, to the staff behind the scenes, the
next AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships
will emanate from Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2016, and
will be the qualifying competition for the Rio 2016
Olympic Games.
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AIBA WOMEN’S WORLD BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS
LIGHT FLYweight (46-49kg)
KYZAIBAY Nazym KAZ Gold
SHAMJETSABAM Sarjubala IND Silver
WADA Madoka JPN Bronze
RAKSAT Chuthamat THA Bronze
Flyweight (51kg)
ESPARZA Marlen USA Gold
WHITESIDE Lisa Jane ENG Silver
MARQUES da COSTA Clelia BRA Bronze
GORDINI Terry ITA Bronze
BantamWEIGHT (54kg)
PETROVA Stanimira BUL Gold
DAVIDE Marzia ITA Silver
SAVELYEVA Elena RUS Bronze
TAS Ayse TUR Bronze
FEATHERWEIGHT (57kg)
DOBRYNINA Zinaida RUS Gold
PETECIO Nesthy PHI Silver
MESIANO Alessia ITA Bronze
BROWN Tiara USA Bronze
LightWEIGHT (60kg)
TAYLOR Katie IRL Gold
ALLEKSEEVNA Yana AZE Silver
YIN Junhua CHN Bronze
MOSSELY Estelle FRA Bronze
LIGHT Welter (64kg)
BELIAKOVA Anastasiia RUS Gold
RYAN Sandy ENG Silver
SHIM Heejung KOR Bronze
SEESONDEE Sudaporn THA Bronze
WelterWEIGHT (69kg)
BYLON Atheyna PAN Gold
ABDULAEVA Saadat RUS Silver
VYSTROPOVA Elena AZE Bronze
GUERRIER Erika Lydie Josette FRA Bronze
MiddleWEIGHT (75kg)
SHIELDS ClareSsa USA Gold
LI Qian CHN Silver
FORTIN-BROCHU Ariane CAN Bronze
FONTIJN Nouchka NED Bronze
LIGHT HeavyWEIGHT (81kg)
YANG Xiaoli CHN Gold
Saweety IND Silver
GUNERI Elif TUR Bronze
CHERNOKOLENKO Anastasiia UKR Bronze
HeavyWEIGHT (+81kg)
MAGOMEDALIEVA Zenfira RUS Gold
KUNGEIBAYEVA Lazzat KAZ Silver
WANG Shijin CHN Bronze
BOZDUMAN Emine TUR Bronze
RESULTS
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AIBA WOMEN’S WORLD BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS
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APB - THE REVOLUTION IN
BOXING
AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) is an unprecedented, top-
class Pro Boxing competition based on individual
rankings and introduced by AIBA to showcase
the best features of pro-style boxing.
The pre-ranking phase, which runs through to January
31, 2015, will identify authentic champions in each
weight category. For the first time in history, boxing
fans will witness a comprehensive, merit-based ranking
system in Pro Boxing.
Rio 2016 will be the first Olympic Games to allow pro
boxers to compete. The only way pro boxers can qualify
for the Olympic Games in 2016 is the APB competition,
which is fully supported by the International Olympic
Committee (IOC).
The qualification path to the Games will be through
competing in the APB from its launch in 2014 until the
APB Olympic Qualifying Events in 2015.
Based on the rankings decided by the seven members
of the APB Boxers’ Selection and Ranking Committee,
a shortlist of 120 boxers was whittled down to 80
boxers who initially competed twice over six rounds
of three minutes to establish world rankings in each of
the ten weight categories.
Then, based on these world rankings, each boxer
again fights at least three times over six rounds in the
Matches for Champions, with those successful pitted
against each other to challenge for the title of APB
World Champion, contested over eight rounds.
AIBA PRO BOXING
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APB BOXERS
ORIENTATION WORKSHOP
Prior to the beginning of the competition, The
AIBA President, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, attended the
AIBA Pro Boxing Orientation Workshop which
took place at the AIBA World Boxing Academy.
The boxers involved in the inaugural season of the
revolutionary AIBA Pro Boxing arrived to the Academy
in the Talgar region near Almaty, Kazakhstan, for an
intensive 3-days workshop ahead of the start of the
brand new competition. This workshop was divided
into several modules and covered various aspects
of APB, from the competition rules and system, to
commercial and media matters and many more.
During his visit, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu addressed the
APB boxers: “It is a great pleasure to be here with
you, the best boxers of today. The APB is a top-class
competition which will showcase the best features
of pro-style boxing and you are all part of this new
path of boxing. I am equally pleased that we have
the possibility to host this important workshop in the
AIBA World Boxing Academy, which is fully equipped
with all necessary facilities to allow you to continue
your physical preparation for the competition. I wish
you a lot of luck and success and I am looking forward
to seeing you in action in APB”
The APB boxers appreciated the opportunity given to
them by AIBA to get together and learn in detail all
aspects of the upcoming competition, and the boxers
were really impressed by the AIBA World Boxing
Academy, and many underlined that it represents a
real Olympic village specifically constructed for boxers.
It was unanimously recognized that the Academy is an
outstanding venue which provides all training facilities
and perfect conditions for an excellent physical
preparation.
A truly worthwhile Workshop culminated on
September 17 when the Grand Opening of the AIBA
World Boxing Academy was followed by the APB
Official Draw, revealing the eagerly-awaited sequence
of matches for the ten different weight categories.
AIBA PRO BOXING
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STARS OF APB
The APB Official Draw was held on September 17, 2014
in Almaty Kazakhstan. It decided the match-ups for the
first APB Events of the APB Pre-Ranking Matches. Two
boxers were seeded by the APB Ranking Commission
and placed at the top and bottom of the brackets. The
other six boxers were randomly positioned through a
manual draw.
LIGHT FLYweight (46-49kg)
AYRAPETYAN David RUS
BARRIGA Mark Anthony PHI
BLANC Leandro ARG
LOURENCO Patrick BRA
LU Bin CHN
QUIPO Carlos ECU
WU Zhonglin CHN
ZHAKYPOV Birzhan KAZ
FLYweight (52kg)
ALOIAN Misha RUS
ASLOUM Redouane FRA
EMIGDIO ABARCA Elias MEX
FLISSI Mohamed ALG
LATIPOV Jasurbek UZB
MARTINEZ Fernando ARG
PICARDI Vincenzo ITA
SULEIMENOV Iliyas KAZ
Launched in October 2014, the matches of the initial
pre-ranking and ranking phases of the competition
took place in Italy, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan,
Russia, China, Turkey and France – and provided many
epic bouts and surprising results.
BANTAMweight (56kg)
BLANCO PACHECO Yoni Yoel VEN
CHALABIYEV Javid AZE
DJELKHIR Khedafi FRA
MELIAN Alberto Ezequiel ARG
NJANGIRU Benson KEN
VIEIRA DE JESUS Robenilson BRA
VODOPIYANOV Sergey RUS
ZHANG Jiawei CHN
LIGHTweight (60kg)
ABDRAKHMANOV Berik KAZ
BRIL Arthur GER
DONATO CONCEICAO Robson BRA
JOYCE David IRL
POLYANSKIY Dmitriy RUS
SUAREZ Charly PHI
TOJIBAEV Hurshid UZB
VALENTINO Domenico ITA
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LIGHT WELTERweight (64kg)
AQUINO Carlos ARG
CHADI Abderkader ALG
GEORGIEV Boris BUL
HARUTYUNYAN Artem GER
KYSLYTSYN Vyacheslav UKR
PETRAUSKAS Evaldas LTU
ROMERO MARIN Juan Pablo MEX
ZAKARYAN Armen RUS
WELTERweight (69kg)
ABDULLAYEV Tamerlan AZE
KATE Gyula HUN
LAZAREV Denys UKR
NADER Marcos AUT
OKWIRI Rayton Nduku KEN
SIPAL Onur TUR
STANIONIS Eimantas LTU
ZAMKOVOY Andrey RUS
MIDDLEweight (75kg)
ABAKA Nickson KEN
ABDIN Hosam EGY
CHEBOTAREV Artem RUS
DELGADO SUAREZ Marlo ECU
JURATONI Bogdan ROU
KILICCI Adem TUR
MYTROFANOV Dmytro UKR
TAVARES Michel FRA
LIGHT HEAVYweight (81kg)
BAUDERLIQUE Mathieu FRA
GENOV Spas BUL
IVANOV Nikita RUS
MAMAZULUNOV Oybek UZB
MICHEL Serge GER
ROUZBAHANI Ehsan IRI
ST. PIERRE Kennedy MRI
WARD Joseph IRL
HEAVYweight (91kg)
AHMATOVIC Emir GER
BOULOUDINATS Chouaib ALG
CHARLES Javonta USA
EGOROV Aleksei RUS
GOLOVASHCHENKO Roman UKR
PERALTA JARA Yamil ARG
PINCHUK Anton KAZ
RUSSO Clemente ITA
SUPER HEAVYweight (91+kg)
AHMED Samir EGY
ARJAOUI Mohammed MAR
MEDZHIDOV Magomedrasul AZE
NISTOR Mihai ROU
OMAROV Magomed RUS
PFEIFER Erik GER
VERVEYKO Sergiy UKR
YOKA Tony FRA
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32 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014
APB PRE-RANKING AND
INAUGURAL TITLE MATCHES
Now, the APB Inaugural Title Matches will
determine the first APB Champion in each
weight category who will then fight against the
first Challenger.
Cycle 1 will conclude with a Title Match in which the
‘Challenger’ (the winner of Rounds 1 & 2 of the current
Cycle) competes against the current APB Champion.
BothChampionandChallengerineachweightcategory,
at the end of Cycle 1 gain automatic qualification to
compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
These APB Inaugural Title Matches will take place from
January 23 to February 19, 2015 and will determine
the first APB Champion per weight category. Starting
from Cycle 1, scheduled for March 2015, all Cycles will
conclude with a Title Match in which the ‘Challenger’
(the winner of Rounds 1 & 2 of the current Cycle)
competes against the current APB Champion (the
winner of the previous cycle’s Title Match). The winner
of the Title Match will then be the new APB Champion
for the following Cycle.
To coincide with the Inaugural Title Matches, AIBA
have unveiled a new brand, logo and belt design
that conveys the vision of the APB competition to
the global boxing community – aiming to excite and
inspire young athletes whilst also evoking boxing’s rich
sporting and cultural heritage.
The new APB logo has a bold and fluid design which
reflects the rhythm of the sport. All of these elements
combined have resulted in a unique mark that depicts
the sport in its entirety: straight lines (direct punches);
soft (ropes, floor); round curves (gloves, footwork).
Solid, heavy and round, the new logo conveys the
essence of “weight” - the weight of the sport, of the
boxers, of APB.
APB INAUGURAL TITLE BOUTS
49kg
WU (CHN) vs LU (CHN)
52kg
ALOIAN (RUS) vs EMIGDIO (MEX)
56kg
MELIAN (ARG) vs DJELKHIR (FRA)
60kg
ABDRAKHMANOV (KAZ) vs TOJIBAEV (UZB)
64kg
ZAKARYAN (RUS) vs HARUTYUNYAN (GER)
69kg
SIPAL (TUR) vs OKWIRI (KEN)
75kg
KILICCI (TUR) vs CHEBOTAREV (AZE)
81kg
ROUZBAHANI (IRI) vs ST PIERRE (MRI)
91kg
EGOROV (RUS) vs RUSSO (ITA)
+91kg
ARJAOUI (MAR) vs PFEIFER (GER)
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APB Facts and Figures
•	 APB is unique in that it allows a boxer to turn pro
and remain under the patronage of hir National
Federation, and therefore the AIBA, throughout
his career. This means that for the first time a
boxer can turn professional while still preserving
his eligibility to fulfil the honor of representing his
country in future Olympic Games and Continental
Championships.
•	 Boxers are signed to the APB competition on five-
year contracts with the Boxing Marketing Arm
(BMA) to compete in APB. Each signed boxer will
have a minimum of four guaranteed bouts at an
agreed purse and will be able to maximize his
training programs and fight schedule throughout
the year with a regular match calendar. Additionally,
National Member Federations will receive a sum
equivalent to a percentage of the revenue earned
by their boxers.
•	 The event is showcased internationally and staged
around the world with China, Germany, Russia,
Argentina, Italy, Azerbaijan, Austria, Algeria, Cuba
and Kazakhstan all confirmed as host nations and
discussions taking place with other countries.
•	 The APB format will see an increase in the number
of rounds, providing a chance for only the most
resilient boxers to succeed and for them to adapt
and adjust their skills to comply with the demands
of the competition.
AIBA PRO BOXING
34 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014
WSB Foreign Boxers
Draft for Season V
WORLD SERIES OF BOXING
One of the most exciting days on the sporting
calendar, the World Series of Boxing (WSB)
Foreign Boxers Draft for Season V took place on
November 12 in Jeju, a day before the AIBA 2014
Congress started.
“The Draft is especially important this season, as every
boxer competing in WSB will have the opportunity
to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the
same time that they are trying to achieve glory for
their respective Franchises,” said WSB Chief Executive
Officer Karim Bouzidi ahead of this grand occasion.
Using a method similar to Drafts including the National
Football League (NFL), this is the opening door for all
AIBA recognized National Federations to get a taste of
the first and only pro-style boxing league and to give
their boxers an extra path to qualify for the Olympic
Games.
The boxers joining the Franchises through the WSB
Draft can - in addition to living the Olympic Dream -
sign merit-based two-year contracts, as the salary scale
defined for them rewards performance by increasing
the boxers’ bonuses as they accumulate wins to their
records.
Additionally, the WSB Foreign Boxers Draft also replies
to the need of the Franchises to complete their squads
with quality athletes, and is a unique opportunity for
them to recruit boxers from all over the globe, bringing
world class boxing stars to all weight categories
competing in WSB.
Moreover, the Draft is a magnificent tool to balance the
competition, not only does it allow the teams ranked
lower in the previous seasons to have the first choices
of foreign boxers for the next two seasons, but it also
reduces the financial gap between Franchises. This is
done by bringing all the foreign boxers, besides the
retained ones from the previous season, to the league
under the same conditions.
Another important fact is that the picks can be sold
and/or exchanged, which opens a new dimension for
negotiations between Franchises.
Immediately prior to the Draft, a Draw was conducted
to integrate the new Franchises joining WSB in the
current season, into the final selection order. These
new Franchises could be allocated any position within
the selection order of the other Franchises, which
picked in reverse order of their results of Season IV.
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WORLD SERIES OF BOXING
The first picks were given to the teams who failed
to progress after the Regular Season, followed by
the quarter-finalists, semi-finalists, runners-up, and
finally the WSB Champions, with the new Franchises
interspersed in between as decided by the Draw.
Once the final selection order was announced, the first
round of the Draft commenced, with each Franchise
able to select one Boxer per round. After each team
has utilized its position in the drafting order, whether
by trading or selecting a boxer, a round was complete.
Each Franchise had two minutes to announce a
drafted boxer in each round. If no announcement is
made, the Franchise were deemed to have declined its
turn on that occasion and the two minutes of the next
Franchise started counting.
The Draft had as many rounds as the Franchises needed
until all Franchises could no longer further select
boxers, either because they had reached the maximum
of eight in the squad - including their retained foreign
boxers from previous seasons, or because they have
declined to select in two consecutive rounds. As per
the WSB Competition Rules, a Franchise cannot select
more than three foreign boxers of the same country.
When selecting a boxer, the Franchise had to define
whether the Boxer was being selected as a main or
reserve boxer, and each Franchise was only allowed to
draft one main boxer per weight class.
Many international superstars were in the Draft
this year, including AIBA’s number four ranked
Middleweight Anthony Fowler, former World
Champion Detelin Dalakliev, as well as France’s former
WSB Team Champion Alexis Vastine.
One of the most wanted fighters in the Draft was
Ireland’s Olympic bronze medalist Michael Conlon,
and the big guns in the competition including Italia
Thunder and Ukraine Otamans were interested in a
main boxer in the 52kg weight category, so he could
have his choice of suitors. He ended up drafted as
one of the boxers to compete for Italia Thunder.
Commenting after the results of the Draw, Conlan
said: “I am very excited to represent Italia Thunder
in Season V of WSB. WSB is a fantastic opportunity
to compete against the best boxers in the world and
most important for me is to qualify for Rio. The level
of opposition and the regular matches are great for
my development.”
The Foreign Boxer Draft for the upcoming Season
was represented by 235 World Top Boxers including
Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and European
Champions as well as Olympic, World and Continental
medal winners coming from 53 different countries
and five continents.
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WORLD SERIES OF BOXING
WSB Group A
review for Season V
Season V of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) is
widely anticipated to be the greatest instalment
of the world class boxing competition, with three
new Franchises, plus two returning ones joining
defending Champions Cuba Domadores and ten
more teams competing to achieve team glory.
WSB is the only Global Team Boxing competition
where national teams go head to head in a league
format, and this season will see 16 teams compete
in two groups of eight with the top three teams
qualifying for play offs.
Group A consists of the current WSB defending
champions Cuba Domadores, Season IV semi-finalists
Russian Boxing Team, Season III runners-up Ukraine
Otamans, the returning British Lionhearts, exciting
Mexico Guerreros, durable Algeria Desert Hawks, plus
two new Franchises, from China and Morocco.
With four continents represented in the group,
many pugilism aficionados are excited about the all-
African encounter between Algeria Desert Hawks,
and newcomers Atlas Lions Moroccan Boxing Team.
With Algeria’s prior experience in WSB, they will be
wanting to assert themselves as the best African team
in the tournament, but Morocco are being tipped to
put together an impressive squad, and they will meet
each other in week 6, and week 13 of the season.
Defending Champions Cuba Domadores were the
number one seeds in the Draw, which resulted in
them starting the season at home against Morocco
in week one. The Cuban team lost just once in WSB
in their debut season away to Russian Boxing Team in
the group stages, and they will seek to avenge that
loss in week 10 this time around.
Russian Boxing Team reached the semi-final stage last
season, in part due to their excellent home form, and
they start the season at home to Algeria. Consistently
excellent in WSB, the Russian are always contenders
to win every match they compete in, and there are
many within the boxing world who consider this to be
their year.
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WORLD SERIES OF BOXING
British Lionhearts reached the quarter-finals in Season
III, and after missing Season IV, they return to WSB
with a team full of confidence and flair. Boasting many
decorated medalists from a variety of international
competitions, including eight medalists from the
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the return of
the Lionhearts has resulted in much media attention
in Britain, and they will be looking to start their season
in style.
Mexico Guerreros was the Franchise to eliminate
British Lionhearts in Season III, but failed to sparkle
last season. As one of the proudest boxing nations
in the world, they will be giving it their all to succeed
in Season V, and after a tricky opening tie away in
Ukraine, Mexico then have two home fixtures in a row
against their African competitors, and will be hoping
that a quick start will help them to qualify for the
knock-out stages.
China Dragons are back in WSB after fielding the
Beijing Dragons in Seasons I and II, and after much
success in international boxing competitions over the
last two years, their squad will be confident of causing
upsets. There are no easy contests in WSB, but China’s
start to the season is a particularly tricky one, as they
will face Britain, Russia, Ukraine and Cuba in their first
four matches.
Lastly, Ukraine Otamans have consistently qualified for
the knock-out stages of WSB during their history in
the competition, and they will be looking to reclaim
the form they showed in reaching the Finals in the
third season of WSB.
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Season V of the World Series of Boxing (WSB)
provides an unprecedented opportunity for
boxers to achieve individual qualification for the
Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
As WSB boxers retain their Olympic eligibility, the road
to Rio 2016 Olympic Games is paved with possible gold
for the competitors, with a quota of 17 places up for
grabs throughout the competition, while this number
was only five before the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Categories from 52kg to 81kg will be granted two
quotas each, while 49kg, 91kg and 91+kg will each be
granted one quota. The magnitude of this opportunity
has not been lost on the Franchises, who are all
training with intense discipline to make Season V the
most entertaining, enthralling and important edition
to date.
In Group B, former winners and future hopefuls will
challenge for success, and with four teams from
Europe, two from North America, plus two South
American Franchises included, the global aspect of
WSB is represented fully.
South America has been home to many of the greatest
boxers of all time, and Argentina Condors, fresh off
their second season of WSB action, are looking to
establish themselves as the dominant Franchise from
their continent in Season V.
To accomplish that goal, they will have to perform
better than the new Franchise from Venezuela, who
according to many boxing insiders, are amassing an
impressive squad for the upcoming season.
The two South American boxing giants will meet each
other in week 5, and week 12 of the season, and both
will be hoping they will be in position to progress into
the knock-out stages of the competition come the
end of the group stage.
One Franchise who will be confident of getting out of
the group is the Azerbaijan Baku Fires, who lost the
engrossing WSB Season IV Final against the sublime
Cuba Domadores, by the narrowest of margins.
The Baku Fires will be looking to go one further in
Season V, and they have the knowledge and awareness
of how to successfully negotiate their way through the
group stages in order to reach the latter stages of the
tournament.
Astana Arlans Kazakhstan were eliminated by
Azerbaijan in Season IV, but the two Franchises struck
up a kinship after their hard fought semi-finals contest.
WORLD SERIES OF BOXING
WSB Group B
review for Season V
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Many WSB teams would be delighted with a semi-final
finish, but as the Season III Champions, Kazakhstan will
be looking to go all the way again this time around.
In order to fulfill their hopes, they will have to beat the
big teams, and their matches with Azerbaijan in week
3 and week 10 will be keenly awaited by WSB fans.
Italia Thunder have been one of the most successful
Franchises in WSB history, and the flamboyant team
have one of the finest squads in the entire competition.
After winning Season II, the Italians have failed to
reach the semi-finals stage in the last two seasons,
and they have a difficult start to life in Group B.
Their season starts with two tough away matches,
firstly against Azerbaijan, and then they face USA
Knockouts in week 2.
The Knockouts reached the quarter-final stage last
season, before running into the dominant Cuba
Domadores, and the American side will at least want
to replicate their accomplishments in Season V.
They will have to work hard to maintain their
supremacy as the North American leaders of WSB, as
one of the best boxing nations in the world joins WSB,
with Puerto Rico looking to produce a hurricane over
the competition.
Six of Puerto Rico’s eight medals in their Olympic
Games history belong to boxers, and this Caribbean
island, with a population of just over 3.5 million
people, boasts the highest index in terms of World
Boxing Champions per capita on the planet, statistics
that their WSB fighters will use to spur them on to
possible glory in the competition.
Completing the group at this moment will be
Hussars Poland, who will be looking to forget their
disappointing season last year, and concentrate on
improving their talented squad even further.
The Polish team have great durability and courage, and
they will seek to turn their resilience and willing into
results and wins, starting with their first week match
away against Puerto Rico.
WSB Season V started on Thursday January 15 at
London’s legendary York Hall with British Lionhearts
taking on China Dragons.
WORLD SERIES OF BOXING
40 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014
WORLD SERIES OF BOXING
WSB SEASON V
REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
WEEK1
16-17Jan.2015
C1
HOME AWAY
GERMANY CHINA
RUSSIA ALGERIA
UKRAINE MEXICO
CUBA MOROCCO
C2
WEEK6
20-21Feb.2015
HOME AWAY
CUBA GERMANY
MOROCCO ALGERIA
MEXICO CHINA
RUSSIA UKRAINE
WEEK11
27-28Mar.2015
C1
HOME AWAY
MOROCCO UKRAINE
CHINA CUBA
MEXICO RUSSIA
ALGERIA GERMANY
WEEK2
23-24Jan.2015
C2
HOME AWAY
CHINA RUSSIA
UKRAINE GERMANY
ALGERIA CUBA
MEXICO MOROCCO
WEEK7
27-28Feb.2015
C1
HOME AWAY
ALGERIA CHINA
GERMANY MEXICO
RUSSIA MOROCCO
UKRAINE CUBA
WEEK12
10-11Apr.2015
C2
HOME AWAY
MOROCCO CHINA
CUBA MEXICO
UKRAINE ALGERIA
GERMANY RUSSIA
WEEK3
30-31Jan.2015
C1
HOME AWAY
MEXICO ALGERIA
CUBA RUSSIA
MOROCCO GERMANY
CHINA UKRAINE
WEEK8
6-7Mar.2015
C2
HOME AWAY
CHINA GERMANY
ALGERIA RUSSIA
MEXICO UKRAINE
MOROCCO CUBA
WEEK13
17-18Apr.2015
C1
HOME AWAY
GERMANY CUBA
ALGERIA MOROCCO
CHINA MEXICO
UKRAINE RUSSIA
WEEK4
6-7Feb.2015
C2
HOME AWAY
UKRAINE MOROCCO
CUBA CHINA
RUSSIA MEXICO
GERMANY ALGERIA
WEEK9
13-14Mar.2015
C1
HOME AWAY
RUSSIA CHINA
GERMANY UKRAINE
CUBA ALGERIA
MOROCCO MEXICO
WEEK14
24-25Apr.2015
C2
HOME AWAY
CHINA ALGERIA
MEXICO GERMANY
MOROCCO RUSSIA
CUBA UKRAINE
WEEK5
13-14Feb.2015
C1
HOME AWAY
CHINA MOROCCO
MEXICO CUBA
ALGERIA UKRAINE
RUSSIA GERMANY
WEEK10
20-21Mar.2015
C2
HOME AWAY
ALGERIA MEXICO
RUSSIA CUBA
GERMANY MOROCCO
UKRAINE CHINA
GROUP A
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WORLD SERIES OF BOXING
WEEK1
16-17Jan.2015
C1
HOME AWAY
PUERTO RICO POLAND
KAZAKHSTAN VENEZUELA
ARGENTINA USA
AZERBAIJAN ITALIA
WEEK6
20-21Feb.2015
C2
HOME AWAY
AZERBAIJAN PUERTO RICO
ITALIA VENEZUELA
USA POLAND
KAZAKHSTAN ARGENTINA
WEEK11
27-28Mar.2015
C1
HOME AWAY
ITALIA ARGENTINA
POLAND AZERBAIJAN
USA KAZAKHSTAN
VENEZUELA PUERTO RICO
WEEK2
23-24Jan.2015
C2
HOME AWAY
POLAND KAZAKHSTAN
ARGENTINA PUERTO RICO
VENEZUELA AZERBAIJAN
USA ITALIA
WEEK7
27-28Feb.2015
C1
HOME AWAY
VENEZUELA POLAND
PUERTO RICO USA
KAZAKHSTAN ITALIA
ARGENTINA AZERBAIJAN
WEEK12
10-11Apr.2015
C2
HOME AWAY
ITALIA POLAND
AZERBAIJAN USA
ARGENTINA VENEZUELA
PUERTO RICO KAZAKHSTAN
WEEK3
30-31Jan.2015
C1
HOME AWAY
USA VENEZUELA
AZERBAIJAN KAZAKHSTAN
ITALIA PUERTO RICO
POLAND ARGENTINA
WEEK8
6-7Mar.2015
C2
HOME AWAY
POLAND PUERTO RICO
VENEZUELA KAZAKHSTAN
USA ARGENTINA
ITALIA AZERBAIJAN
WEEK13
17-18Apr.2015
C1
HOME AWAY
PUERTO RICO AZERBAIJAN
ALGERIA ITALIA
POLAND USA
VENEZUELA KAZAKHSTAN
WEEK4
6-7Feb.2015
C2
HOME AWAY
ARGENTINA ITALIA
AZERBAIJAN POLAND
KAZAKHSTAN USA
PUERTO RICO VENEZUELA
WEEK9
13-14Mar.2015
C1
HOME AWAY
KAZAKHSTAN POLAND
PUERTO RICO UKRAINE
AZERBAIJAN VENEZUELA
ITALIA USA
WEEK14
24-25Apr.2015
C2
HOME AWAY
POLAND VENEZUELA
USA PUERTO RICO
ITALIA KAZAKHSTAN
AZERBAIJAN ARGENTINA
WEEK5
13-14Feb.2015
C1
HOME AWAY
POLAND ITALIA
USA AZERBAIJAN
VENEZUELA ARGENTINA
KAZAKHSTAN PUERTO RICO
WEEK10
20-21Mar.2015
C2
HOME AWAY
VENEZUELA USA
KAZAKHSTAN AZERBAIJAN
PUERTO RICO ITALIA
ARGENTINA POLAND
GROUP B
42 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014
AIBA OLYMPIC QUOTAS AND
QUALIFYING EVENTS
AIBA OLYMPIC QUOTAS AND QUALIFICATIONS
The qualification system for boxing Approved by
the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for
the Rio 2016 Olympic Games provides 250 quota
places for men and 36 quota places for women.
OLYMPIC WEIGHT CATEGORIES
MEN’S CATEGORIES WOMEN’S CATEGORIES
Light Flyweight (46-49 kg) Flyweight (48-51kg)
Flyweight (52kg) Lightweight (57-60kg)
Bantamweight (56kg) Middleweight (69-75kg)
Lightweight (60kg)
Light Welterweight (64kg)
Welterweight (69kg)
Middleweight (75kg)
Light Heavyyweight (81kg)
Heavyweight (91kg)
Super Heavyweight (+91kg)
TOTAL OLYMPIC QUOTA PLACES FOR BOXING
OLYMPIC QUOTAS MEN WOMEN
Qualification Places 240 32
Host Country Places 5 2
Tripartite Commission
Invitation Places
5 2
Total 250 36
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ATHLETES PER NOC
OLYMPIC QUOTAS MEN WOMEN
Quota per NOC 10 3
Event Specific Quota 1 per Event 1 per Event
Total 13
Weight
Category
WSB Ranking APB Ranking
AOB WC
Champ.
2015 Afric
46-49kg 1 2 2 3
52kg 2 2 2 3
56kg 2 2 3 3
60kg 2 2 3 3
64kg 2 2 3 3
69kg 2 2 3 3
75kg 2 2 3 3
81kg 2 2 2 3
91kg 1 2 1 3
+91kg 1 2 1 3
TOTAL 17 20 23 30
* Minimum quotas for America depend on use of five (5) Host Country place
** Only five (5) quotas will be allocated among these eight (8) available weig
Weight Category
AOB Women’s WC
Champ. 2016 Africa
51kg 4 1
60kg 4 1
75kg 4 1
TOTAL 12 3
* Minimum quotas for America depend on use of Host Country place
** Only one (1) quota will be allocated among these three (3) available weigh
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AIBA OLYMPIC QUOTAS AND QUALIFICATIONS
AOB Continental Qualifying 2016
APB/WSB
Qualifying
AOB World
Qualifying
2016
Host Country
Places **
TCP
Places
TOTAL
QUOTAca America* Asia/Oceania Europe
2 or 3 3 3 3 2 0 or 1 0 22
2 or 3 3 3 3 5 0 or 1 0 26
2 or 3 3 3 3 5 0 or 1 1 28
2 or 3 3 3 3 5 0 or 1 1 28
2 or 3 3 3 3 5 0 or 1 1 28
2 or 3 3 3 3 5 0 or 1 1 28
2 or 3 3 3 3 5 0 or 1 1 28
2 or 3 3 3 3 5 0 or 1 0 26
2 or 3 3 3 1 1 0 or 1 0 18
2 or 3 3 3 1 1 0 or 1 0 18
25 30 30 26 39 5** 5 250
es
ght categories,
AOB Continental Qualifying 2016
Host Country
Places**
Tripartite
Commission
Invitation Places
TOTAL
QUOTAAmerica* Asia/Oceania Europe
1 or 2 2 2 0 or 1 1 12
1 or 2 2 2 0 or 1 1 12
1 or 2 2 2 0 or 1 1 12
5 6 6 1** 3 36
ht categories
44 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014
Investment in coaches is a key priority for AIBA
to enable us to continually deliver top quality
boxers to the world stage.
The Grand Opening of the AIBA World Boxing
Academy coincided with the APB Boxers Workshop,
taking place for nearly 80 of the best boxers in the
world who all compete in the revolutionary pro-style
Tournament.
This momentous occasion was also attended by the
Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of
Kazakhstan, Mr Aristanbek Mukhamediuly, the Vice
President of Kazakhstan Boxing Federation and AIBA
Executive Committee Member Mr Serik Konakbayev,
the Executive Director of Kazakhstan Boxing Federation
Mr Bekzhan Bektenov and honorable guests.
“Since I became the President of AIBA in 2006, it has
always been my dream to build an Academy. Today
this dream came true due to hard work of AIBA and
the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation. This Academy is
the unique sports complex in the world and I am proud
that this place will become a home for all members of
AIBA Family” said the AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo
Wu.
The Academy represents a unique educational and
training complex, which will become the center for
development of boxing.
AIBA WORLD Boxing
Academy GRAND Opening
AIBA WORLD Boxing Academy
No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 45
Altogether, it is an integrated training institute which
embraces all aspects of the development of the sport
of boxing, and one which will set global standards for
boxing education, development and performance.
The facilities of the Academy notably include:
•	 A hotel which can accommodate up to 160 people
•	 A meeting room with a 210-seat capacity with
modern equipment, and a language translation
system
•	 A meeting room with 150 seats
•	 Two training classes for 45 and 65 people
respectively
•	 Two training rings
•	 A competition ring
•	 A 25-meter indoor pool with saunas for men and
women
•	 A football field meeting international standards
•	 Basketball and volleyball courts
•	 A tennis court
•	 A cafeteria with 40 seats
•	 A dining room for 180 persons
•	 A medical center
AIBA WORLD BOXING ACADEMY
46 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014
BEST OLYMPIC BOXER
APB Inaugural Title Match
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January
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Elite Men
January 15
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AIBA Commission Meetings
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February 3 - 5 Lausanne,Switzerland
APB 2nd Cycle
Pro Men
TBC
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Women’s Junior and Youth
World Boxing Championships
Taipei 2015 Yunior & YouthWomen May 14 - 24 Taipei,
Taiwan
European Games 2015
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Azerbaijan
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July
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  • 1. PRESIDENT WU RE-ELECTED AT 2014 AIBA CONGRESS SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH FOR APB BEGINNING OF WSB SEASON V WOMEN BOXERS SHINE IN JEJU Boxing NewsJuly - December 2014 | No. 13
  • 2. BOXING GLOVE AND HEAD GUARD The heart of the TOP TEN gloves has been revised in collaboration with athletes from all over the world. The wellknown Bayfill padding curved even more and the thumb area has been changed. The new shape allows a more comfortable fit and a simple set up for the fist. The technological Know How from existing TOP TEN products was used to develop a head guard made of leather, as the demand for a TOP TEN leather head guard has been overwhelming. Am Grießenbach 8 · 83126 Flintsbach Tel. +43 (0) 80 34 / 90 990-0 · www.budoland.com BUDOLAND Sportartikel Vertriebs GmbH TOP TEN The research and development company, a name with reliability built in. Our history includes 3 Olympic games and more than 50 European championships, World cups and World championships. You can’t beat tradition Official AIBA equipment provider since 1989
  • 3. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 3 Boxing News Dear Members of the Boxing Family, Welcome to the latest edition of Boxing News. The second half of 2014 included some of the busiest months in the history of AIBA, with many great points of interest along the way. July’s Commonwealth Games saw thousands of boxing fans attending a number of memorable nights in Glasgow, Scotland, while in August I was delighted to watch our future stars at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. In October, deserving Champions were crowned in Incheon, Korea, at a remarkable Asian Games boxing competition; and the following month, the AIBA Women’s World Championships was held in Jeju, Korea and was full of wonderful performances that truly epitomized the courage and skill of world class women boxers. I would like to express my pride at the successful launch of the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) which is well on the way to revolutionizing pro boxing events across the world. November’s 2014 AIBA Congress also held in Jeju saw the formation and discussion of many future objectives and initiatives, which will undoubtedly improve AIBA even further during the years to come. On a personal level, I was delighted to be re-elected as AIBA President for the third consecutive term. After eight years, I am very pleased with the work that we have already accomplished, and over the coming four years, we will strive to make our best achievements even better. 2015 is a defining year for any boxer aiming to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and the World Series of Boxing Season V offers its competitors the chance to achieve Olympic qualification. WSB also welcomes back Franchises from Great Britain and China, as well as three new teams from Morocco, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, meaning that a total of 16 countries are now taking part in the competition. This year will culminate with October’s AIBA World Boxing Championships in Doha, Qatar. I hope that you will enjoy this issue. Yours in boxing, We head into 2015 more united and successful than ever THIRTEEN EDITION 2014, July - December CONTENTS Executive Director Ho Kim Editor-in-Chief Iryna Mazur Contributor Martin Hines Graphic Design Fabio Zeppetella (AIBA) Cover page photo President Wu after his re-election at AIBA 2014 Congress in Korea Printed in Korea. Letters, articles, photos and comments are most welcome. AIBA - International Boxing Association Maison du Sport International Avenue de Rhodanie 54 1007 Lausanne / Switzerland Tel. (+41 21) 321 27 77 Fax (+41 21) 321 27 72 Email communication@aiba.org Disclaimer The views expressed in “Boxing News” are not necessarily those of AIBA. The content of this publication is based on the best knowledge and information available at the time the articles were written. All content is of AIBA ©2015. Upon written request, AIBA will willingly authorize the reproduction of articles published in “Boxing News” unless expressly prohibited. “Boxing News” is not responsible for loss of unsolicited queries, manuscripts, or other materials. They will not be returned unless accompanied by return postage. www.aiba.org ISSN 1814-7518 AIBA President’s Message The official magazine of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) 1 President’s Message 2 AIBA News in Brief 8 AIBA EC Meeting in Istanbul 10 2014 AIBA Congress 16 AIBA Media Day 18 Jeju Declaration 20 AIBA Annual Awards 26 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships Jeju 2014 30 AIBA Pro Boxing Launch 36 WSB Season V 42 Olympic Qualifying Events 44 AIBA Academy Official Opening
  • 4. 4 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 AIBA NEWS IN BRIEF AIBA WOMEN’S WORLD BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS TOOK PLACE IN JEJU The eighth edition of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships took place in Jeju, Korea, where 280 elite boxers from 67 nations were taking part. Sixteen bouts were held on the opening day of the competition, where Kazakhstan’s Dina Zholaman caused a huge surprise following her triumph over Argentina’s gold medal contender Leonela Sanchez. Followed by exciting ten days of boxing action, the finals brought the best women boxers head to head for their title wins. The ten gold medal bouts of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Jeju were held in the front of the local boxing fans, as Ireland’s legendary Katie Taylor secured her fifth title in a row, US London 2012 Olympic Champion Claressa Shields won her first AIBA Women’s Championships gold, while Atheyna Bylon of Panama became one of the greatest sportswomen in the history of her country. WORLD BOXING L Boxing leaders from all around where they discussed and vote passed a unanimous motion in s The delegates have also re-ele Ching-Kuo Wu, as Internationa Association (AIBA) President third consecutive term. Dr. Wu Executive Board member, was unopposed and has outlined priorities for the future deve of boxing around the world included ensuring that more were appointed to leadership in boxing; establishing a ‘boxer c organization by opening the d boxers to take up leadership p continuing to expand the Wor of Boxing (WSB) competition AIBA Pro-Boxing competition while at the same time increas commercial value; and nvest revenues from Elite competiti developing future generations o by targeting funds towards the g of the sport around the world. In addition to re-electing the AIB at the International Boxing Assoc and Executive Committee memb With the closing of 2014 AIBA C Jeju Declaration for the further e the mission set on October 22, 2 AIBA AMENDS APB, WSB, AOB COMPETITION RULES AND TECHNICAL RULES The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has released the newly amended AIBA Technical Rules and 3 Competition Rules on AOB, APB and WSB following the amendment of AIBA Statutes, which were approved at the AIBA EC meetings held in 2014 and AIBA Congress held in Jeju. In addition, AIBA Technical and Rules Commission and AIBA HQs Office made the structure amendment in order to assist our boxing family to better understand the rules. All amended rules are underlined in order to be able to easier identify the amendments. It has been ensured that all amended Competitions rules for APB (AIBA ProBoxing), WSB (World Series Boxing) and AOB (AIBA Open Boxing) are in line with the other statutory documents including the AIBA Bylaws, AIBA Ethics Code, AIBA Disciplinary Code, AIBA Procedural Rules and AIBA Anti-Doping Rules.
  • 5. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 5 AIBA NEWS IN BRIEF AIBA NEWS IN BRIEF LEADERS CONVENE FOR 2014 AIBA CONGRESS d the world gathered in Jeju, Korea for 2014 AIBA Congress, ed on the key decisions for the future of boxing. All members support of the launch of the AIBA Pro Boxing Competition (APB). ected Dr. al Boxing t for a u, an IOC s elected his key elopment d. These women positions centered’ doors for positions; rld Series and the n (APB), sing their ting the ions into of boxers grassroots BA President Ching-Kuo Wu, delegates from national federations ciation’s 2014 Congress also voted to appoint new Vice Presidents bers for the coming four years. Congress, all Delegates unanimously approved and unveiled the enhancement of its key initiatives for the successful fulfilment of 2007 in Chicago to govern the sport of boxing in all of its forms.
  • 6. 6 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 AIBA NEWS IN BRIEF AIBA PRESIDENT DR CHING-KUO WU APPOINTED ALL 2015 - 2018 AIBA COMMISSION MEMBERS The AIBA President, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, has completed his appointments of members for AIBA 11 Commissions, including all Chairpersons. A new AIBA Scientific Commission has also been established and will ensure that boxing continues that boxing continues to develop scientific and medical related new initiatives to further protect the safety of boxers and enhance the level of our competitions by embracing the spirit and values of the Olympic Movement. “I am very proud and happy to have found highly competent and knowledgeable boxing members to take part in all Commissions’ work. I believe that these members will greatly contribute to the further enhancement of our sport and continuous success of our organization”. The mandate of the Commission members is from January 2015 until next AIBA Congress. All Commissions have held their first meetings as well as a Joint Meeting from February 3 – 5 in Lausanne. AIBA APPOINTS FORMER IMG AND AS BOXING MARKETIN AIBA, the world governing body for the sport of boxing, has appointed global marketing company, the Boxing Marketing Arm (BMA). Mr David Gough has significant experience in world-class sponsorship previously worked for IMG, Coca-Cola amongst others and Disney Eve AIBA President and BMA Board Chairman is joining the BMA, and there is little dou with significant support as we move into “AIBA is the global governing body for the sponsorship and marketing will certainly b initiatives.” Mr Gough, whose appointment was rev important time for AIBA and the sport o revolutionary change. “Having worked for some of the world’s World Series of Boxing (WSB) can establis stage.” Mr Gough has significant sports experien and Olympic Games, five Super Bowls, fou and Disney events. BMA is the marketing company establish three main programs, AIBA Open Boxing (WSB) focused on TV/Media and Sponsor AIBA is Mr Ger de Box Fédérat the Pre re-elect
  • 7. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 7 AIBA NEWS IN BRIEF ZERO CONCUSSIONS AT ASIAN GAMES PROVED AIBA’S DECISION WAS CORRECT The 17th Asian Games were held recently in the city of Incheon, Korea, and the boxing competitions ended on October 3 with excellent outcomes for AIBA. It was another major Elite men’s competition during which AIBA evaluated all bouts closely in order to check concussion rates without headguards. However, in Incheon, there were only two TKOs, and at the post medical tests, both of those boxers did not show any signs of concussion. This result demonstrates that concussion should not be an issue for the sport of boxing if Elite men’s competitions are held without headguards. Nevertheless, now that the Asian Games are over, AIBA also plans to adopt a new system to continue to closely monitor all bouts to ensure any possible concussion will be observed. At the same time, to prevent any cut, AIBAhas adopted very strict rules against any boxer who might have the habit of using his head and elbow as a tactic to conduct aggressive competition and to win matches. As a result, the rate of cuts has substantially decreased to less than 3%. AIBA believes cuts are not a major concern as they will naturally go away at the higher level of boxing competitions as time goes by, due to the fact that the boxers, coaches and referees will know how to conduct the bouts avoiding cuts. D COCA-COLA EXECUTIVE NG ARM CEO d Mr David Gough as Chief Executive Officer for its exclusive p sales, sports marketing and commercial partnership having ents. n, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, said: “I am delighted that David Gough ubt that his excellent international experience will provide us an exciting new era for boxing. sport of boxing and David’s knowledge of international sports boost the commercial success of our boxing competitions and viewed and approved by the BMA board, said: “This is an of boxing and I am thrilled to be joining at a time of such s biggest brands and events, I am convinced that APB and sh themselves as top sports competitions on the international nce, having worked with Coca-Cola at the FIFA World Cup ur NCAA Final Fours, three MLB and NBA All-Star Weekends hed by AIBA to manage all commercial properties of AIBA’s g (AOB), AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) and World Series of Boxing rship Rights Sales. NEW AND RE-ELECTED AIBA NATIONAL MEMBER FEDERATIONS LEADERS s extremely pleased to welcome new members into its family: rmain Mehintoas as the President of Fédération Béninoise xe (Benin), Mr Hery Mamy Rabarisoa as the President of the tion Malgache de Boxe (Madagascar), Mr Sandeep Jajodia as esident of Boxing India, and Mr Dmitry Tikhomolov who was ted as President of the Belarus Boxing Federation.
  • 8. 8 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 AIBA EC MEETING AIBA Executive Committee Decisions AIBA held its 2014-2015 Executive Committee from July 15 to 18 in Istanbul, Turkey, and the AIBA Executive Committee (EC) discussed and approved the following matters: EC approved the 35-million investment to support AIBA exclusive global marketing company, the Boxing Marketing Arm (BMA), from the First Commitment International Trade Ltd. (FCIT) based in Hong Kong and rejected all other investment proposals. EC approved the agenda of the 2014 AIBA Congress which took place in November in Jeju, Korea, as well as the elections procedure and amendments to the AIBA Statutes. EC approved the new budgets for the 2014-2015 period for all AIBA organizations as well as their business plans. EC approved amendments to AIBA Technical Rules, AIBA Open Boxing (AOB), AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) and World Series of Boxing (WSB) Competition Rules which included: • • Change of age for Elite men and women boxers; however, men boxers aged 18 following their date of birth will be allowed to participate in Elite men’s Competitions (AOB, APB and WSB) immediately • Referees’ and Judges’ Evaluators positions no longer exist • Protest is no longer allowed • AIBA is also responsible for the certification of National Level R&Js • Cavilon film should mandatorily be used by boxers at all Elite men’s competitions to prevent possible cuts • Rules on Seconds were relaxed with regard to communication with their boxers during bouts • All Continental Multi-Sports Games are included in AIBA Ranking Point Competitions – new AIBA Ranking System Additionally, EC chose the below host National Federations / cities for AIBA events due to take place in 2015–2016: • Chinese Taipei Boxing Association to host the 2015 AIBA Junior/Youth Women’s World Boxing Championships in Taipei City • Boxing Federation of Russia to host the 2015 AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships in St. Petersburg • Boxing Federation of Russia to host the 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in St Petersburg • Cameroon Boxing Federation to host the 2016 AOB African Olympic Qualifying Event in Yaounde • Argentinian Boxing Federation to host 2016 AOB American Olympic Qualifying Event in Buenos Aires • Chinese Boxing Federation to host the 2016 AOB Asian/Oceania Olympic Qualifying Event in Qian’an • Turkey Boxing Federation to host the 2016 AOB European Olympic Qualifying Event in Istanbul • Boxing Federation of Azerbaijan to host the 2016 Final AOB World Olympic Qualifying Event in Baku • Kazakhstan Boxing Federation to host the 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Astana
  • 9. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 9
  • 10. 10 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 AIBA 2014 congress President Wu re-elected during 2014 AIBA Congress The International Boxing Association (AIBA) celebrated its 2014 Congress on November 13 and 14 with Jeju, Korea, as venue for one of the most important events in recent boxing history. The AIBA President, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, was re-elected unopposed for a third consecutive term at the Congress by delegates who gave him a standing ovation. Speaking after his re-election, Dr Wu said: “This is a very touching moment. You have all expressed your support for my candidature. With the confidence and trust you have given me, I can carry out the promises I made to you. And you know that I always keep my promises. Dr Wu continued: “Eight years ago, I promised I would carry out reforms and I have done so. For the next four years, there is still a lot of work ahead of us. We have laid the foundations, but speaking as an architect, we need to add more layers to create a solid and enduring structure. “I am very much looking forward to seeing the final outcome of these initiatives over the coming four years. I declare that ‘impossible is not our word’ until we have taken boxing back to its Golden Age.” Dr Wu also outlined his key priorities for the coming four years, which included: • Ensuring that more women were appointed to leadership positions in boxing; • Establishing a ‘boxer centered’ organization by opening the doors for boxers to take up leadership positions; • Continuing to expand the World Series of Boxing (WSB) competition and the AIBA Pro-Boxing competition (APB), while at the same time increasing their commercial value; • Investing the revenues from Elite competitions into developing future generations of boxers by targeting funds towards the grassroots of the sport around the world. Other announcements from the Congress included delegates from National Federations also voting to elect new Vice Presidents and Executive Committee Members for the coming four years thus: The Vice Presidents appointments: • VP for Africa: Kelani Bayor (Togo) • VP for America: Osvaldo Bisbal (Argentina) • VP for Asia: Serik Konakbayev (Kazakhstan) • VP for Europe: Franco Falcinelli (Italy) • VP for Oceania: Ted Tan ner (Australia) In addition, three new Vice Presidents were appointed: • Di Wu (China) VP representing the Boxing Marketing Arm (BMA). • Timur Kulibayev (Kazakhstan) VP representing the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) • Gofur Rakhimov (Russia) VP representing the World Series of Boxing (WSB)
  • 11. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 11 The Executive Committee Members are: • From Africa: Mohamed Moustahsane (Morocco) and Nabil Sadi (Algeria) • From America: Alberto Puig De La Barca (Cuba) and Ray Silvas (USA) • From Asia: Yan Yue (China) and Yoon Seok Chang (Korea) • From Europe: Terry Smith (Wales) and Suleyman Mikayilov (Azerbaijan) • From Oceania: Mapu Jamias (American Samoa) Additional EC Members elected: • Fran Lopez Almeida (Venezuela) • Jurgen Kyas (Germany) • Eyup Gozgec (Turkey) • Steve Ninvalle (Guyana) • Pat Fiacco (Canada) Additionally, boxing leaders from all around the world agreed to pass a unanimous motion in support of the launch of the AIBA Pro Boxing Competition (APB). The new competition, launched by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), features 80 of the world’s best boxers competing in an unprecedented top-class individual ranking-based format of ProStyle Boxing. AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu said: “The APB is the foundation for boxing heroes and future legends which all young generations will follow and respect as their role models.” APB was launched in October 2014 as the top tier of all AIBA competition programs, following AIBA Open Boxing (AOB) and the World Series of Boxing (WSB). The competition aims to bring boxing back into a mainstream position in the world of sports by taking into account the needs of fans and providing a top quality, highly entertaining and easily understood kind of ProStyle Boxing. APB’s structure aims to provide fans with regular fight-cards in multiple markets. APB has a merit-based and comprehensive ranking system, with transparent and fair professional judging, and it epitomizes boxing performance at its best with a full long-term Athlete Development approach – from grassroots to pro – to help identify the world’s true boxing champions. Boxing leaders also approved the appointments of three AIBA Honorary Vice Presidents at the Congress, as as Abdellah Bessalem from Algeria, Keith Walker from New Zealand and Domingo Solano from the Dominican Republic who were awarded these honorary positions in appreciation for the work they had carried out for AIBA over many years. Domingo Solano was first elected to the AIBA Executive to the AIBA Executive Committee in 1982 and was appointed Vice President for the first time in 2000. He was subsequently re-elected Vice President in 2006 and 2010.
  • 12. 12 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 At the close of Congress, delegates unanimously adopted ‘The Jeju Declaration’, endorsing the initiatives taken by AIBA to fulfil its mission to govern the sport of boxing in all of its forms. The Jeju Declaration included resolutions to support: • The building of a tangible and protected career plan for AIBA boxers; • The continued development of women’s boxing at all levels; • The harmonization of technical rules for all AIBA competitions, as well as the removal of headguards in Elite men’s competitions; • Protection of the image and reputation of the International Boxing Association from any ill- intentioned external influence; • Prevention and sanction for any instances of corruption, match fixing, gambling and violence inside or outside the ring; • Maintaining the principle of not using the word “Amateur” in AIBA sport programs, as well as avoiding being perceived as a “Combat and Martial Arts” sport – and instead protecting boxing’s ancient heritage as the “Noble Art”. Abdellah Bessalem, from Algeria, was first elected to the Executive Committee in 1998 and was elected Vice President for the first time in 2006. He was subsequently re-elected in 2010. Keith Walker, from New Zealand, was appointed an AIBA Executive Committee member in 2010 and elected Vice President in the same year. To applause from the 350 delegates in the room, the three men were presented with certificates and plaques by President Wu. The AIBA Statutes were amended on November 13, 2014 to include this new honorary position before these appointments. In the final meeting, the Executive Committee approved all proposed amendments of AIBA Statutes to support the realization of recent years’ fast-paced developments and additionally approved the following issues: • Decision to have the position of “Cutmen” in all AIBA Competitions including WSB and APB as one of AIBA Technical Officials • Finalize AIBA and each Confederation Event Calendar for 2015 • AIBA additional funds for supporting further administrative excellence of all Confederations • Approve the new APB logo and its branding • Approval of the Congress Election Voting Process PRESIDENT WU RE-ELECTED DURING AIBA 2014 CONGRESS AIBA 2014 congress
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  • 14. 14 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 AIBA Media Day Resounding success for AIBA media day 2014 On November 12, just a day before the 2014 AIBA Congress, a Media Day was held as boxing media representatives were invited to a full day of activities and information relating to AIBA. After a welcome dinner on November 11, the itinerary for the next day was vast, beginning with the World Series of Boxing (WSB) Season V Draft in the morning. In addition, the media were invited to join the presentation of AIBA Executive Director Mr Ho Kim on the ground-breaking competition format of AIBA Pro Boxing. While after lunch AIBA President Dr Ching- Kuo Wu gave a stirring speech regarding AIBA’s vision of boxing. WSB CEO Mr Karim Bouzidi hosted a Q&A regarding the road to Season V of WSB and APB, before Mr David Gough, the CEO of BMA spoke about a sustainable commercial model of boxing. Dr Charles Butler, Chairman of AIBA Medical Commission,thendiscussedtheremovalofheadguards from AOB competitions, before a unique panel took place, as Mik Basi, 5-Star R&J, Dr Abdehamid Khadri, Vice Chairman of AIBA Medical Commission, World Champion Marlen Esperanza, Mirko World, former undefeated professional boxer and Adam Kusior, Chairman of AIBA Coaches Commission conducted a view from the ring discussion. The Media Day was a resounding success for all involved and provided in-depth information to the media representatives on the key AIBA activities and competitions.
  • 15. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 15 THE JEJU DECLARATION With the closing of the 2014 AIBA Congress, all delegates unanimously approved and unveiled the following declaration for the further enhancement of its key initiatives for the successful fulfilment of the mission set on October 22, 2007 in Chicago to govern the sport of boxing in all of its forms. DECLARATIONS • One of the priorities of AIBA in the next 4 years is to build and develop a tangible career protection plan for all AIBA boxers, especially in regard to the safety and post boxing career welfare and options. • Enhancement of overall women’s participation in the sport of boxing is another primary goal of AIBA and it will further invest into development programs for all levels of women boxers. • AIBA decisions on the recent revolutionary adoption of “One Technical Rules” for all AIBA Competition Programs, AOB, APB and WSB, and its decision to remove Headguards for Elite men’s Competitions have been unanimously endorsed by the Congress. • All members of the International Boxing Association will give their best coordinated efforts to protect the image and reputation of the world governing body of the sport of boxing in all of its forms from any outside ill-intentioned influence which seeks to disrupt the harmony and unity of our organization. • AIBA will continue working to prevent, including through the use of disciplinary sanctions, any possible corruption, match fixing, gambling and violence inside or outside of rings. • AIBA will continue maintaining its principle of abandoning the use of the word “Amateur” in relation to its sport programs and dissociating the sport of boxing from images of it being a “Combat and Martial Art Sport” in order to ensure the protection of its original characteristic as the “Noble Art” sport. All AIBA Congress delegates strongly support the present governance and all of the sport initiatives being implemented by the current administration for the best interests of all AIBA boxers and future young boxing generations.
  • 16. 16 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 AIBA COMMISSIONS All 2015 - 2018 AIBA Commission Members Appointed ATHLETES&YOUTHCOMMISSION CHAIRMAN Serik KONAKBAYEV (KAZ) VICE CHAIRMAN Krasimir ININSKI (BUL) MEMBERS Mikhael BARKAN (ISR) Bono BOSNJAK (CRO) Malik BOUZIANE (FRA) Stanislaw DOBOSZ (POL) Joseph HERNON (IRL) Mapu JAMIAS (ASA) Jay KOWLI (IND) Vittorio LAI (ITA) Hee Lyong KO (KOR) Victor LIU (TPE) Boontun MUANGCHUEN (THA) Ahmad NATEGH NOORI (IRI) Flemming NISSEN (DEN) Carl PESTICCIO (WAL) Serik SAPIYEV (KAZ) Kuok Veng VONG (MAC) APB COMMISSION CHAIRMAN Brahim ASLOUM (FRA) VICE CHAIRMAN Michael MULLER (GER) MEMBERS Rolando ACEBAL MONTES (CUB) Riyad BADJI (ALG) Christoph BRUCKNER (AUT) Joe CHRISTLE (IRL) Leonard DOROFTEI (ROM) Wei HUA (CHN) Dragan IGNJATOVIC (SRB) John KAMETA (KEN) Do Kyun KIM (KOR) Berik MARZHIKPAYEV (KAZ) COACHES COMMISSION CHAIRMAN Pedro ROQUE OTANO (AZE) VICE CHAIRMAN Yuriy TSKHAY (KAZ) MEMBERS Otmane FADLI (MAR) Chih-Chun FU (TPE) Patricio G. GASPI (PHI) MohamedA. GHONEMSOLTAN(EGY) Ervin KADE (EST) Konstantin  KOPTSEV  (RUS) Mehdi NICHANE (FRA) Santiago NIEVA (SWE) Valentyn  OSTYANOV  (UKR) Si Heon PARK (KOR) Alcides  SAGARRA CARON (CUB) Mirzo SHAMSIEV (TJK) Mihail TAKOV (BUL) Edward Jr, WEICHERS (USA) Chuanliang  ZHANG  (CHN) DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN Tom VIRGETS (USA) MEMBERS Pierre CORNU (SUI) Barry JONES (ENG) Dennis O'CONNELL (USA) Antonio PEREZ DE GUZMAN (ESP) ETHICS COMMISSION CHAIRMAN François CARRARD (SUI) MEMBERS Yoon Seok CHANG (KOR) Anita DEFRANTZ (USA) Gerhard HEIBERG (NOR) Denis OSWALD (SUI) MEDICAL COMMISSION CHAIRMAN Abdelhamid KHADRI (MAR) VICE CHAIRMAN David MCDONAGH (NOR) MEMBERS Angelika FISCHER  (GER) Barbarito  G. CABRERA  (CUB) Ali HODEIB (LEB) Eesajith W. JAYASINHA (SRI) Viktor KIM (KAZ) Isagani LEAL (PHI) Azzeddine LEKHAILI (ALG) Jean-Louis LLOUQUET (FRA) Mike LOOSEMOORE (ENG) Vladimir MANZANARES FERRER (VEN) Makhetha MOSOTHO (LES) Leyla Arif NASIROVA (AZE) Alexander NEVERKOVICH (RUS) Marcelo RODRIGUEZ ARTURO (ARG) Armando SANCHEZ (USA) Wolfgang SEGGL (AUT) Taha Aziz Ismail SHEHADEH (JOR) Porntep SIRIWANARANGSUN (THA) Lukasz TALAREK (POL) HONORARY CHAIRMAN Charles BUTLER (USA)
  • 17. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 17 AIBA COMMISSIONS R&J COMMISSION CHAIRMAN Abdelhamid KHADRI (MAR) VICE CHAIRMAN Ray SILVAS (USA) MEMBERS Mauro DA SILVA (BRA) Pat FIACCO (CAN) Zbigniew GORSKI (POL) Sukku KANG (KOR) Qingsheng LI (CHN) Waldemar MENCEL (AUT) Juan MILAN PONCE (CUB) Breandan O'CONAIRE (IRL) Yakov RAGIMOW (ISR) Godavarisingh RAJCOOMAR (MRI) Wayne ROSE (AUS) Rafael A. VEGA RODRIGUEZ (CRA) HONORARY CHAIRMAN Terry SMITH (WAL) T&R COMMISSION CHAIRMAN Adam KUSIOR (POL) VICE CHAIRMAN Helmut RANZE (GER) MEMBERS Giorgio BRUGNOLI (ENG) Walid Mohammad JARRAR (JOR) Jae Kyu JUNG (KOR) Syed ABDUL KADIR (SIN) Kishen NARSI (IND) David PIKE (AUS) Kevinn RABAUD (FRA) Angel VILLARREAL (USA) Yan YUE (CHN) SCIENTIFIC COMMISSION CHAIRMAN Dr David McDONAGH (IRL) MEMBERS Dr David ZIDEMAN (ENG) Prof. Lyle MICHELI (USA) Prof. Martin SCHWELLNUS (SA) Prof. Joseph CUMMISKEY (IRL) WOMEN’S COMMISSION CHAIRMAN Joyce BOWEN (BAR) VICE CHAIRMAN Julia FELTON (AUS) MEMBERS Poonam BENIWAL (IND) Dinara BOLATBEZZYKY (KAZ) Luisa Rosella COLOMBI (ITA) Volodymyr DOLHUN (UKR) Dian GOMES (SRI) Severine GOSSELIN (FRA) Emilia GRUEVA (BUL) Mutlu Gülsev YAGIZ (TUR) Christy HALBERT (USA) Soon Hee KIM (KOR) Natalia KUDROVA (RUS) Anna LAUKKANEN (FIN) Yuan LIANG (CHN) Anna MOORE (IRL) Irene NTELAMO (BOT) Maria Karina PICSON (PHI) Supharat RATTAYANG (THA) Magda SOBHI (EGY) Zoubida WISSAM (MAR) Yuqiao ZHAO (CHN) WSB COMMISSION CHAIRMAN Franco FALCINELLI (ITA) VICE CHAIRMAN Alberto PUIG DE LA BARCA (CUB) MEMBERS Yousuf Ali AL-KAZIM (QAT) Bayram ALTUG (TUR) John DOVI (FRA) Dmytro GAISTRUK (UKR) Rizvan GENZHIYEV (AZE) Serik KASSYMOV (KAZ) Fran R. LOPEZ ALMEIDA (VEN) Mohamed MOUSTAHSANE (MAR) Udit SHETH (IND) Vladimir TEBEKIN (RUS) Zhihong YUAN (CHN)
  • 18. 18 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 The 2014 AIBA Annual Awards Ceremony was held in Jeju, Korea, where a wonderful ceremony was capped off by the honoring of some of the greatest talent in boxing. AIBA youth and senior competitions, plus the World Series of Boxing (WSB) were all celebrated during the evening, with the awards winders from each organization delighted with their accomplishments. The AIBA President, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, hosted the event to tremendous acclaim, and the full list of winners is announced below: Best WSB Supervisor 2014: Helmut RANZE from Germany Ranze was the Vice Chairman of the AIBA Technical & Rules Commission before he became its Chairman in 2013. His knowledge of boxing has made him one of the most invaluable Supervisors in boxing, and he serves with great distinction in all AIBA Competitions. Unfortunately, he could not be at the ceremony for medical reasons, and his trophy was received by Mr David Hoppstock, the Head Coach of the German team. Best WSB R&J 2014: Mik BASI from England Basi has been a boxing Referee and Judge since he turned 25, and had the great honor to take the Olympic Oath in the London 2012 Olympic Games on behalf of all Officials as his words went live to four billion people. After becoming an AIBA 5-Star R&J in October 2012, he has subsequently been one of the stand-out R&Js at international tournaments worldwide and in all AIBA Competitions. Best WSB Coach 2014: Rolando ACEBAL MONTE from the Cuba Domadores His career as a boxing coach began in 1978 and he has gone on to become the Technical Director of the Cuba Olympic National Team, coaching some of the most successful boxers that the island has produced over the last twenty years including three Olympic Champions. Monte led the Cuba Domadores to the WSB title in their debut season, but due to the Central American and Caribbean Games being held in Veracruz, Mexico, he could not be present in Jeju. AIBA 2014 AWARDS CEREMONY CELEBRATION OF 2014 AIBA ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS
  • 19. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 19 Best WSB Boxer 2014: Erislandy SAVON COTILLA from the Cuba Domadores Born in 1990 in Cuba, Savon won the 91kg title at the 2008 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships and the Super Heavyweight title at the Pan-American Championships. In WSB Season IV, Savon was one of just two boxers to win all eight of his bouts, with the other being his teammate Yosbani Veitia, who also achieved an 8-0 record. DuringtheSeasonIVFinals,SavondefeatedtoughAzeri Abdulkadir Abdullayev in a crucial and exciting match in Baku, which helped his team Cuba Domadores to become WSB Champions in their debut season. Best AIBA Technical Official 2014: Abdelhamid KHADRI from Morocco Khadri was born in Morocco in 1954 and graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of Rabat where he specialized in Sports Medicine. He has been coordinating the Medical Commission of the Moroccan National Olympic Committee for several years, and has been the Vice Chairman of the AIBA Medical Commission having lead the Ringside Doctors Workshop held in Assisi, Italy, in which 34 Doctors took part. Best AIBA R&J 2014: Denis POPOV from Russia Popov is a former Russian Champion boxer, but in 2004 he gave up competition and started his career as a Referee and Judge, gaining a 1-Star Referee & Judge status in 2005. He became a 3-Star Referee & Judge in 2011 at the Test Event for the London 2012 Olympic Games, and was selected as the Best Referee & Judge of the Competition at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships Yerevan 2012. Best AIBA Youth Woman Boxer 2014: Elzbieta WOJCIK from Poland Born in 1996, Wojcik first appeared at the international stage in 2011 at the age of 15, and had a superb 2014 where she won a gold medal at the European Women’s Junior & Youth Championships in Assisi. This success also included gold at the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Sofia at the 75kg weight category which qualified her for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, a competition in which she won another gold medal on August 26, 2014. AIBA 2014 AWARDS CEREMONY
  • 20. 20 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 AIBA 2014 AWARDS CEREMONY CELEBRATION OF 2014 AIBA ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS Best AIBA Youth Man Boxer 2014: Javier IBANEZ DIAZ from Cuba A two-time winner of Europe’s strongest youth competition the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament, and a winner in all of his national level events in Cuba, Diaz claimed gold in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships in Sofia, and the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games defeating Bulgaria’s Dushko Mihaylov Blagovestov in both competitions. ThesuccessoftheCubanwashelpedbyhisinvolvement in the AIBA “Road to Sofia” Program. Best AIBA Coach 2014: Myrzagali AITZHANOV from Kazakhstan Awarded the title of Best AIBA Coach for the second successive year, Aitzhanov took over as Head Coach of the Kazakhstan Boxing Team after the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and for six years he has been guiding a young squad of talented boxers with his huge experience and care. Best AIBA Man Boxer 2014: Daniyar YELEUSSINOV from Kazakhstan Born in 1991, Kazakhstan’s national team captain won his second Asian Games in Incheon where following his excellent performance in the semi-final against Turkmenistan’s former ASBC Asian Continental Champion Serdar Hudayberdiyev, he provided a different level of boxing than his final opponent, Uzbekistan’s 19-year-old Israil Madrimov. AIBA World Champion Yeleussinov claimed the Best AIBA Men’s Boxer award for the second year in a row due to his virtuoso talent and leadership skills. Best AIBA Woman Boxer: Claressa SHIELDS from the USA Undefeated since May 2012, London 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist and AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion Claressa Shields is only 19, but added the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships to her incredible trophy cabinet after defeating China’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games winner Li Qian in the final to complete the golden set. The defence of Shields was excellent, and her energy unparalleled as she won the bout by unanimous decision and achieved her first World Championships title. Shields is one of the most exciting stars in the world of boxing, and her performances in Jeju displayed her undoubted potential, and her already glowing world class skills.
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  • 22. 22 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 WOMEN BOXERS SHINE AT AIBA WOMEN’S WORLD BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN JEJU The 2014 edition of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships took place between November 16 and November 25 at the Halla Gymnasium in Jeju, Korea. 280 boxers from 67 nations competed in the event, with China, Hungary, India, Kazakhstan, Russia and United States of America all sending the maximum number of ten athletes to the Championships. The boxers competed in ten weight categories: 48 kg, 51 kg, 54 kg, 57 kg, 60 kg, 64 kg, 69 kg, 75 kg, 81 kg and 81+kg. Prior to the start of the Championships, AIBA’s “Road to Jeju’ training program was held in Jeju at the beginning of November. This was an instalment of the “Road to Dream” development program created by AIBA which is one of the most innovative and rewarding sporting initiatives in the world, and offers athletes and coaches from underprivileged and developing countries the opportunity to participate in major AIBA events as well as Olympic Games and to attend intensive training camps in the build-up to competitions. AIBA provides each participant with airline tickets, accommodation, meals, full training facilities with equipment, training kits, full medical and massage services as well as covering insurance, visa expenses and local transportation. “As one of AIBA’s Development Programs, the Road to Dream follows the ideals of the Olympic Movement by contributing to the social improvement of boxers, and the dream of being competitive at major AIBA events and Olympic Games” explained the AIBA President, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu. The Jeju version of the program was a resounding success, perfectly encapsulated by Panama’s Atheyna Bylon who sensationally claimed the Welterweight class (69 kg) gold medal against Russia’s Saadat Abdullaeva. Before the tournament, Bylon was relatively unknown at the international level and usually competed at the Middleweight (75 kg) weight category, but at the Road to Jeju camp, rapid improvements saw her and her coaches decide together that her chances in Jeju would be better at the Welterweight class. Despite the drop down in weight, Bylon entered the eighth edition of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships with little expectations. After all, no previous boxer from her country had ever won a bout in an AIBA women’s competition, let alone won a medal. AIBA WOMEN’S WORLD BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS
  • 23. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 23 The chances were widely against Bylon, but she defied all of the odds to secure one of the most unexpected gold medals in the history of any boxing competition. Bylon defeated all five of her tough rivals in the Championships, writing history with each victory, all of which were accomplished with superb boxing skills and tremendous heart. “I am super satisfied with my performance in Jeju. My tactic was clear - to keep the distance, and I tried to follow the instruction of my coach throughout the whole Championships. I am feeling great joy and so proud to get a gold medal for my country, Panama, in a World Championships. I think I need some weeks to believe I am the World Champion,” said Bylon after she had written history in Jeju. The powerful Panama sensation was one of ten gold medalists, with the first being won at Light flyweight (48 kg) by Kazakhstan’s Nazym Kyzaybay who improved on the bronze medal she won at the 2012 AIBA Women’s World Championships when she widely outpointed former AIBA Women’s Youth World Champion India’s Shamjetsabam Sarjubala Devi. AIBA WOMEN’S WORLD BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS
  • 24. 24 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medalist Marlen Esparza who also claimed a bronze medal in her first AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi, was in the Flyweight class (51 kg) final against England’s Lisa Whiteside who replaced London 2012 Olympic Champion Nicola Adams in their squad. Her English rival claimed a bronze medal at the last edition of the AIBA Women’s World Championships in Qinhuangdao at the Featherweight class (57 kg), and Whiteside was able to control the opening portion of the fight, before Esparza improved her tactics as the fight progressed. The US boxer displayed wonderful footwork in the middle part of the bout, and her efforts were enough to win by a narrow split decision. Bulgaria’s Stanimira Petrova defeated four tough rivals on the road to the finals which was surprising enough as she was relatively unknown coming into the Championships, but her final opponent was the main favorite of the Bantamweight class (54 kg), Italy’s defending EUBC European Women’s Continental Champion Marzia Davide. The Italian claimed her first medal, a silver at the second edition of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Antalya twelve years ago, and was looking for gold over a decade later. This was a rematch of a bout which took place at the Mohamed VI Trophy in Marrakech earlier on in the year, which was won closely by Davide. In the return match, Petrova’s tactics were much better against the Italian veteran, and her youth and sheer effort delivered an unexpected gold medal in Jeju. Russia had four finalists in Jeju, and walked away with three golds including a deserved win for Russia’s EUBC European Women’s Continental Champion Zinaida Dobrynina, who enjoyed Featherweight (57 kg) glory against Philippines’ China Open Tournament winner Nesthy Petecio who eliminated the defending champion, Tiara Brown of the US in the semi-finals. Dobrynina managed to prevent the attacks of the quick Filipino boxer in the opening round, which meant that Petecio’s attacks were stifled in the early part of the fight. Despite some clever adjustments from the Asian athlete, the Russian boxer kept control, which was enough to get the gold medal. Before the start of the Championships, the most anticipated bout was a likely Lightweight (60 kg) contest between four-time World Champion Katie Taylor of Ireland, and Russia’s two-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Sofya Ochigava, and the two were WOMEN BOXERS SHINE AT AIBA WOMEN’S WORLD BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN JEJU AIBA WOMEN’S WORLD BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS
  • 25. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 25 set to continue their storied rivalry in the quarter- finals, before an injury to Ochigava prevented her from taking to the ring. Taylor shrugged off the disappointment of missing out on the superclash, and after a tough contest in the semi-finals against China’s Asian Games winner Yin Junhua, the Irish icon then had to meet for the gold medal with 27-year-old Yana Alekseevna to secure her fifth title. Azerbaijan’s lone finalist tried to get close in the opening round of the Lightweight class (60 kg) final, but Taylor picked up the pace in the second round, and though it wasn’t her best win in the competition, she ultimately won a well deserved fifth gold medal, and firmly established her reputation as one of the greatest boxers of all time, and matches the five gold medals of India’s Mary Kom. “It is an absolute privilege to equal that record of five World Championships titles, and I thank God for another great victory. I am absolutely delighted. It was such a tight contest, every round was very close and tricky. The tactics from my dad and Zuar Antia were spot on again. Every Championships is so hard to win and so hard to defend,” said Ireland’s Katie Taylor following her victory. Russia’s second gold of the competition was won by Anastasia Beliakova who comfortably defeated England’s Sandy Ryan at Light welterweight (64 kg), while America’s teenage supremo Claressa Shields defeated China’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games winner Li Qian in the final of the Middleweight class (75 kg) to complete a golden set of medals at just 19-years old. The 2014 AIBA Best Woman Boxer of the year enjoyed a hugely impressive performance in the semi- finals against Canada’s two-time AIBA Women’s World Champion Ariane Fortin-Brochu, and is now an AIBA World Champion, with more gold medals from the London 2012 Olympic Games, the 2013 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships, plus the 2012 and 2014 AMBC American Women’s Continental Championships. At Light Heavyweight (81 kg), China’s Yang Xiaoli continued her nation’s dominance at the weight class as she won every round against India’s Saweety Boora, while in the highest Heavyweight category of 81+kg, Russia’s Zenfira Magomedaliyeva claimed gold over Kazakhstan’s Lazzat Kungeybayeva. After the incredibly hard work of everybody involved in the Championships, from the boxers and their training teams, to the staff behind the scenes, the next AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships will emanate from Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2016, and will be the qualifying competition for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. AIBA WOMEN’S WORLD BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS
  • 26. 26 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 AIBA WOMEN’S WORLD BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS LIGHT FLYweight (46-49kg) KYZAIBAY Nazym KAZ Gold SHAMJETSABAM Sarjubala IND Silver WADA Madoka JPN Bronze RAKSAT Chuthamat THA Bronze Flyweight (51kg) ESPARZA Marlen USA Gold WHITESIDE Lisa Jane ENG Silver MARQUES da COSTA Clelia BRA Bronze GORDINI Terry ITA Bronze BantamWEIGHT (54kg) PETROVA Stanimira BUL Gold DAVIDE Marzia ITA Silver SAVELYEVA Elena RUS Bronze TAS Ayse TUR Bronze FEATHERWEIGHT (57kg) DOBRYNINA Zinaida RUS Gold PETECIO Nesthy PHI Silver MESIANO Alessia ITA Bronze BROWN Tiara USA Bronze LightWEIGHT (60kg) TAYLOR Katie IRL Gold ALLEKSEEVNA Yana AZE Silver YIN Junhua CHN Bronze MOSSELY Estelle FRA Bronze LIGHT Welter (64kg) BELIAKOVA Anastasiia RUS Gold RYAN Sandy ENG Silver SHIM Heejung KOR Bronze SEESONDEE Sudaporn THA Bronze WelterWEIGHT (69kg) BYLON Atheyna PAN Gold ABDULAEVA Saadat RUS Silver VYSTROPOVA Elena AZE Bronze GUERRIER Erika Lydie Josette FRA Bronze MiddleWEIGHT (75kg) SHIELDS ClareSsa USA Gold LI Qian CHN Silver FORTIN-BROCHU Ariane CAN Bronze FONTIJN Nouchka NED Bronze LIGHT HeavyWEIGHT (81kg) YANG Xiaoli CHN Gold Saweety IND Silver GUNERI Elif TUR Bronze CHERNOKOLENKO Anastasiia UKR Bronze HeavyWEIGHT (+81kg) MAGOMEDALIEVA Zenfira RUS Gold KUNGEIBAYEVA Lazzat KAZ Silver WANG Shijin CHN Bronze BOZDUMAN Emine TUR Bronze RESULTS
  • 27. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 27 AIBA WOMEN’S WORLD BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS
  • 28. 28 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 APB - THE REVOLUTION IN BOXING AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) is an unprecedented, top- class Pro Boxing competition based on individual rankings and introduced by AIBA to showcase the best features of pro-style boxing. The pre-ranking phase, which runs through to January 31, 2015, will identify authentic champions in each weight category. For the first time in history, boxing fans will witness a comprehensive, merit-based ranking system in Pro Boxing. Rio 2016 will be the first Olympic Games to allow pro boxers to compete. The only way pro boxers can qualify for the Olympic Games in 2016 is the APB competition, which is fully supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The qualification path to the Games will be through competing in the APB from its launch in 2014 until the APB Olympic Qualifying Events in 2015. Based on the rankings decided by the seven members of the APB Boxers’ Selection and Ranking Committee, a shortlist of 120 boxers was whittled down to 80 boxers who initially competed twice over six rounds of three minutes to establish world rankings in each of the ten weight categories. Then, based on these world rankings, each boxer again fights at least three times over six rounds in the Matches for Champions, with those successful pitted against each other to challenge for the title of APB World Champion, contested over eight rounds. AIBA PRO BOXING
  • 29. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 29 APB BOXERS ORIENTATION WORKSHOP Prior to the beginning of the competition, The AIBA President, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, attended the AIBA Pro Boxing Orientation Workshop which took place at the AIBA World Boxing Academy. The boxers involved in the inaugural season of the revolutionary AIBA Pro Boxing arrived to the Academy in the Talgar region near Almaty, Kazakhstan, for an intensive 3-days workshop ahead of the start of the brand new competition. This workshop was divided into several modules and covered various aspects of APB, from the competition rules and system, to commercial and media matters and many more. During his visit, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu addressed the APB boxers: “It is a great pleasure to be here with you, the best boxers of today. The APB is a top-class competition which will showcase the best features of pro-style boxing and you are all part of this new path of boxing. I am equally pleased that we have the possibility to host this important workshop in the AIBA World Boxing Academy, which is fully equipped with all necessary facilities to allow you to continue your physical preparation for the competition. I wish you a lot of luck and success and I am looking forward to seeing you in action in APB” The APB boxers appreciated the opportunity given to them by AIBA to get together and learn in detail all aspects of the upcoming competition, and the boxers were really impressed by the AIBA World Boxing Academy, and many underlined that it represents a real Olympic village specifically constructed for boxers. It was unanimously recognized that the Academy is an outstanding venue which provides all training facilities and perfect conditions for an excellent physical preparation. A truly worthwhile Workshop culminated on September 17 when the Grand Opening of the AIBA World Boxing Academy was followed by the APB Official Draw, revealing the eagerly-awaited sequence of matches for the ten different weight categories. AIBA PRO BOXING
  • 30. 30 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 STARS OF APB The APB Official Draw was held on September 17, 2014 in Almaty Kazakhstan. It decided the match-ups for the first APB Events of the APB Pre-Ranking Matches. Two boxers were seeded by the APB Ranking Commission and placed at the top and bottom of the brackets. The other six boxers were randomly positioned through a manual draw. LIGHT FLYweight (46-49kg) AYRAPETYAN David RUS BARRIGA Mark Anthony PHI BLANC Leandro ARG LOURENCO Patrick BRA LU Bin CHN QUIPO Carlos ECU WU Zhonglin CHN ZHAKYPOV Birzhan KAZ FLYweight (52kg) ALOIAN Misha RUS ASLOUM Redouane FRA EMIGDIO ABARCA Elias MEX FLISSI Mohamed ALG LATIPOV Jasurbek UZB MARTINEZ Fernando ARG PICARDI Vincenzo ITA SULEIMENOV Iliyas KAZ Launched in October 2014, the matches of the initial pre-ranking and ranking phases of the competition took place in Italy, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Russia, China, Turkey and France – and provided many epic bouts and surprising results. BANTAMweight (56kg) BLANCO PACHECO Yoni Yoel VEN CHALABIYEV Javid AZE DJELKHIR Khedafi FRA MELIAN Alberto Ezequiel ARG NJANGIRU Benson KEN VIEIRA DE JESUS Robenilson BRA VODOPIYANOV Sergey RUS ZHANG Jiawei CHN LIGHTweight (60kg) ABDRAKHMANOV Berik KAZ BRIL Arthur GER DONATO CONCEICAO Robson BRA JOYCE David IRL POLYANSKIY Dmitriy RUS SUAREZ Charly PHI TOJIBAEV Hurshid UZB VALENTINO Domenico ITA AIBA PRO BOXING
  • 31. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 31 LIGHT WELTERweight (64kg) AQUINO Carlos ARG CHADI Abderkader ALG GEORGIEV Boris BUL HARUTYUNYAN Artem GER KYSLYTSYN Vyacheslav UKR PETRAUSKAS Evaldas LTU ROMERO MARIN Juan Pablo MEX ZAKARYAN Armen RUS WELTERweight (69kg) ABDULLAYEV Tamerlan AZE KATE Gyula HUN LAZAREV Denys UKR NADER Marcos AUT OKWIRI Rayton Nduku KEN SIPAL Onur TUR STANIONIS Eimantas LTU ZAMKOVOY Andrey RUS MIDDLEweight (75kg) ABAKA Nickson KEN ABDIN Hosam EGY CHEBOTAREV Artem RUS DELGADO SUAREZ Marlo ECU JURATONI Bogdan ROU KILICCI Adem TUR MYTROFANOV Dmytro UKR TAVARES Michel FRA LIGHT HEAVYweight (81kg) BAUDERLIQUE Mathieu FRA GENOV Spas BUL IVANOV Nikita RUS MAMAZULUNOV Oybek UZB MICHEL Serge GER ROUZBAHANI Ehsan IRI ST. PIERRE Kennedy MRI WARD Joseph IRL HEAVYweight (91kg) AHMATOVIC Emir GER BOULOUDINATS Chouaib ALG CHARLES Javonta USA EGOROV Aleksei RUS GOLOVASHCHENKO Roman UKR PERALTA JARA Yamil ARG PINCHUK Anton KAZ RUSSO Clemente ITA SUPER HEAVYweight (91+kg) AHMED Samir EGY ARJAOUI Mohammed MAR MEDZHIDOV Magomedrasul AZE NISTOR Mihai ROU OMAROV Magomed RUS PFEIFER Erik GER VERVEYKO Sergiy UKR YOKA Tony FRA AIBA PRO BOXING
  • 32. 32 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 APB PRE-RANKING AND INAUGURAL TITLE MATCHES Now, the APB Inaugural Title Matches will determine the first APB Champion in each weight category who will then fight against the first Challenger. Cycle 1 will conclude with a Title Match in which the ‘Challenger’ (the winner of Rounds 1 & 2 of the current Cycle) competes against the current APB Champion. BothChampionandChallengerineachweightcategory, at the end of Cycle 1 gain automatic qualification to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. These APB Inaugural Title Matches will take place from January 23 to February 19, 2015 and will determine the first APB Champion per weight category. Starting from Cycle 1, scheduled for March 2015, all Cycles will conclude with a Title Match in which the ‘Challenger’ (the winner of Rounds 1 & 2 of the current Cycle) competes against the current APB Champion (the winner of the previous cycle’s Title Match). The winner of the Title Match will then be the new APB Champion for the following Cycle. To coincide with the Inaugural Title Matches, AIBA have unveiled a new brand, logo and belt design that conveys the vision of the APB competition to the global boxing community – aiming to excite and inspire young athletes whilst also evoking boxing’s rich sporting and cultural heritage. The new APB logo has a bold and fluid design which reflects the rhythm of the sport. All of these elements combined have resulted in a unique mark that depicts the sport in its entirety: straight lines (direct punches); soft (ropes, floor); round curves (gloves, footwork). Solid, heavy and round, the new logo conveys the essence of “weight” - the weight of the sport, of the boxers, of APB. APB INAUGURAL TITLE BOUTS 49kg WU (CHN) vs LU (CHN) 52kg ALOIAN (RUS) vs EMIGDIO (MEX) 56kg MELIAN (ARG) vs DJELKHIR (FRA) 60kg ABDRAKHMANOV (KAZ) vs TOJIBAEV (UZB) 64kg ZAKARYAN (RUS) vs HARUTYUNYAN (GER) 69kg SIPAL (TUR) vs OKWIRI (KEN) 75kg KILICCI (TUR) vs CHEBOTAREV (AZE) 81kg ROUZBAHANI (IRI) vs ST PIERRE (MRI) 91kg EGOROV (RUS) vs RUSSO (ITA) +91kg ARJAOUI (MAR) vs PFEIFER (GER) AIBA PRO BOXING
  • 33. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 33 APB Facts and Figures • APB is unique in that it allows a boxer to turn pro and remain under the patronage of hir National Federation, and therefore the AIBA, throughout his career. This means that for the first time a boxer can turn professional while still preserving his eligibility to fulfil the honor of representing his country in future Olympic Games and Continental Championships. • Boxers are signed to the APB competition on five- year contracts with the Boxing Marketing Arm (BMA) to compete in APB. Each signed boxer will have a minimum of four guaranteed bouts at an agreed purse and will be able to maximize his training programs and fight schedule throughout the year with a regular match calendar. Additionally, National Member Federations will receive a sum equivalent to a percentage of the revenue earned by their boxers. • The event is showcased internationally and staged around the world with China, Germany, Russia, Argentina, Italy, Azerbaijan, Austria, Algeria, Cuba and Kazakhstan all confirmed as host nations and discussions taking place with other countries. • The APB format will see an increase in the number of rounds, providing a chance for only the most resilient boxers to succeed and for them to adapt and adjust their skills to comply with the demands of the competition. AIBA PRO BOXING
  • 34. 34 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 WSB Foreign Boxers Draft for Season V WORLD SERIES OF BOXING One of the most exciting days on the sporting calendar, the World Series of Boxing (WSB) Foreign Boxers Draft for Season V took place on November 12 in Jeju, a day before the AIBA 2014 Congress started. “The Draft is especially important this season, as every boxer competing in WSB will have the opportunity to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the same time that they are trying to achieve glory for their respective Franchises,” said WSB Chief Executive Officer Karim Bouzidi ahead of this grand occasion. Using a method similar to Drafts including the National Football League (NFL), this is the opening door for all AIBA recognized National Federations to get a taste of the first and only pro-style boxing league and to give their boxers an extra path to qualify for the Olympic Games. The boxers joining the Franchises through the WSB Draft can - in addition to living the Olympic Dream - sign merit-based two-year contracts, as the salary scale defined for them rewards performance by increasing the boxers’ bonuses as they accumulate wins to their records. Additionally, the WSB Foreign Boxers Draft also replies to the need of the Franchises to complete their squads with quality athletes, and is a unique opportunity for them to recruit boxers from all over the globe, bringing world class boxing stars to all weight categories competing in WSB. Moreover, the Draft is a magnificent tool to balance the competition, not only does it allow the teams ranked lower in the previous seasons to have the first choices of foreign boxers for the next two seasons, but it also reduces the financial gap between Franchises. This is done by bringing all the foreign boxers, besides the retained ones from the previous season, to the league under the same conditions. Another important fact is that the picks can be sold and/or exchanged, which opens a new dimension for negotiations between Franchises. Immediately prior to the Draft, a Draw was conducted to integrate the new Franchises joining WSB in the current season, into the final selection order. These new Franchises could be allocated any position within the selection order of the other Franchises, which picked in reverse order of their results of Season IV.
  • 35. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 35 WORLD SERIES OF BOXING The first picks were given to the teams who failed to progress after the Regular Season, followed by the quarter-finalists, semi-finalists, runners-up, and finally the WSB Champions, with the new Franchises interspersed in between as decided by the Draw. Once the final selection order was announced, the first round of the Draft commenced, with each Franchise able to select one Boxer per round. After each team has utilized its position in the drafting order, whether by trading or selecting a boxer, a round was complete. Each Franchise had two minutes to announce a drafted boxer in each round. If no announcement is made, the Franchise were deemed to have declined its turn on that occasion and the two minutes of the next Franchise started counting. The Draft had as many rounds as the Franchises needed until all Franchises could no longer further select boxers, either because they had reached the maximum of eight in the squad - including their retained foreign boxers from previous seasons, or because they have declined to select in two consecutive rounds. As per the WSB Competition Rules, a Franchise cannot select more than three foreign boxers of the same country. When selecting a boxer, the Franchise had to define whether the Boxer was being selected as a main or reserve boxer, and each Franchise was only allowed to draft one main boxer per weight class. Many international superstars were in the Draft this year, including AIBA’s number four ranked Middleweight Anthony Fowler, former World Champion Detelin Dalakliev, as well as France’s former WSB Team Champion Alexis Vastine. One of the most wanted fighters in the Draft was Ireland’s Olympic bronze medalist Michael Conlon, and the big guns in the competition including Italia Thunder and Ukraine Otamans were interested in a main boxer in the 52kg weight category, so he could have his choice of suitors. He ended up drafted as one of the boxers to compete for Italia Thunder. Commenting after the results of the Draw, Conlan said: “I am very excited to represent Italia Thunder in Season V of WSB. WSB is a fantastic opportunity to compete against the best boxers in the world and most important for me is to qualify for Rio. The level of opposition and the regular matches are great for my development.” The Foreign Boxer Draft for the upcoming Season was represented by 235 World Top Boxers including Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and European Champions as well as Olympic, World and Continental medal winners coming from 53 different countries and five continents.
  • 36. 36 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 WORLD SERIES OF BOXING WSB Group A review for Season V Season V of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) is widely anticipated to be the greatest instalment of the world class boxing competition, with three new Franchises, plus two returning ones joining defending Champions Cuba Domadores and ten more teams competing to achieve team glory. WSB is the only Global Team Boxing competition where national teams go head to head in a league format, and this season will see 16 teams compete in two groups of eight with the top three teams qualifying for play offs. Group A consists of the current WSB defending champions Cuba Domadores, Season IV semi-finalists Russian Boxing Team, Season III runners-up Ukraine Otamans, the returning British Lionhearts, exciting Mexico Guerreros, durable Algeria Desert Hawks, plus two new Franchises, from China and Morocco. With four continents represented in the group, many pugilism aficionados are excited about the all- African encounter between Algeria Desert Hawks, and newcomers Atlas Lions Moroccan Boxing Team. With Algeria’s prior experience in WSB, they will be wanting to assert themselves as the best African team in the tournament, but Morocco are being tipped to put together an impressive squad, and they will meet each other in week 6, and week 13 of the season. Defending Champions Cuba Domadores were the number one seeds in the Draw, which resulted in them starting the season at home against Morocco in week one. The Cuban team lost just once in WSB in their debut season away to Russian Boxing Team in the group stages, and they will seek to avenge that loss in week 10 this time around. Russian Boxing Team reached the semi-final stage last season, in part due to their excellent home form, and they start the season at home to Algeria. Consistently excellent in WSB, the Russian are always contenders to win every match they compete in, and there are many within the boxing world who consider this to be their year.
  • 37. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 37 WORLD SERIES OF BOXING British Lionhearts reached the quarter-finals in Season III, and after missing Season IV, they return to WSB with a team full of confidence and flair. Boasting many decorated medalists from a variety of international competitions, including eight medalists from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the return of the Lionhearts has resulted in much media attention in Britain, and they will be looking to start their season in style. Mexico Guerreros was the Franchise to eliminate British Lionhearts in Season III, but failed to sparkle last season. As one of the proudest boxing nations in the world, they will be giving it their all to succeed in Season V, and after a tricky opening tie away in Ukraine, Mexico then have two home fixtures in a row against their African competitors, and will be hoping that a quick start will help them to qualify for the knock-out stages. China Dragons are back in WSB after fielding the Beijing Dragons in Seasons I and II, and after much success in international boxing competitions over the last two years, their squad will be confident of causing upsets. There are no easy contests in WSB, but China’s start to the season is a particularly tricky one, as they will face Britain, Russia, Ukraine and Cuba in their first four matches. Lastly, Ukraine Otamans have consistently qualified for the knock-out stages of WSB during their history in the competition, and they will be looking to reclaim the form they showed in reaching the Finals in the third season of WSB.
  • 38. 38 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 Season V of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) provides an unprecedented opportunity for boxers to achieve individual qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. As WSB boxers retain their Olympic eligibility, the road to Rio 2016 Olympic Games is paved with possible gold for the competitors, with a quota of 17 places up for grabs throughout the competition, while this number was only five before the London 2012 Olympic Games. Categories from 52kg to 81kg will be granted two quotas each, while 49kg, 91kg and 91+kg will each be granted one quota. The magnitude of this opportunity has not been lost on the Franchises, who are all training with intense discipline to make Season V the most entertaining, enthralling and important edition to date. In Group B, former winners and future hopefuls will challenge for success, and with four teams from Europe, two from North America, plus two South American Franchises included, the global aspect of WSB is represented fully. South America has been home to many of the greatest boxers of all time, and Argentina Condors, fresh off their second season of WSB action, are looking to establish themselves as the dominant Franchise from their continent in Season V. To accomplish that goal, they will have to perform better than the new Franchise from Venezuela, who according to many boxing insiders, are amassing an impressive squad for the upcoming season. The two South American boxing giants will meet each other in week 5, and week 12 of the season, and both will be hoping they will be in position to progress into the knock-out stages of the competition come the end of the group stage. One Franchise who will be confident of getting out of the group is the Azerbaijan Baku Fires, who lost the engrossing WSB Season IV Final against the sublime Cuba Domadores, by the narrowest of margins. The Baku Fires will be looking to go one further in Season V, and they have the knowledge and awareness of how to successfully negotiate their way through the group stages in order to reach the latter stages of the tournament. Astana Arlans Kazakhstan were eliminated by Azerbaijan in Season IV, but the two Franchises struck up a kinship after their hard fought semi-finals contest. WORLD SERIES OF BOXING WSB Group B review for Season V
  • 39. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 39 Many WSB teams would be delighted with a semi-final finish, but as the Season III Champions, Kazakhstan will be looking to go all the way again this time around. In order to fulfill their hopes, they will have to beat the big teams, and their matches with Azerbaijan in week 3 and week 10 will be keenly awaited by WSB fans. Italia Thunder have been one of the most successful Franchises in WSB history, and the flamboyant team have one of the finest squads in the entire competition. After winning Season II, the Italians have failed to reach the semi-finals stage in the last two seasons, and they have a difficult start to life in Group B. Their season starts with two tough away matches, firstly against Azerbaijan, and then they face USA Knockouts in week 2. The Knockouts reached the quarter-final stage last season, before running into the dominant Cuba Domadores, and the American side will at least want to replicate their accomplishments in Season V. They will have to work hard to maintain their supremacy as the North American leaders of WSB, as one of the best boxing nations in the world joins WSB, with Puerto Rico looking to produce a hurricane over the competition. Six of Puerto Rico’s eight medals in their Olympic Games history belong to boxers, and this Caribbean island, with a population of just over 3.5 million people, boasts the highest index in terms of World Boxing Champions per capita on the planet, statistics that their WSB fighters will use to spur them on to possible glory in the competition. Completing the group at this moment will be Hussars Poland, who will be looking to forget their disappointing season last year, and concentrate on improving their talented squad even further. The Polish team have great durability and courage, and they will seek to turn their resilience and willing into results and wins, starting with their first week match away against Puerto Rico. WSB Season V started on Thursday January 15 at London’s legendary York Hall with British Lionhearts taking on China Dragons. WORLD SERIES OF BOXING
  • 40. 40 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 WORLD SERIES OF BOXING WSB SEASON V REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE WEEK1 16-17Jan.2015 C1 HOME AWAY GERMANY CHINA RUSSIA ALGERIA UKRAINE MEXICO CUBA MOROCCO C2 WEEK6 20-21Feb.2015 HOME AWAY CUBA GERMANY MOROCCO ALGERIA MEXICO CHINA RUSSIA UKRAINE WEEK11 27-28Mar.2015 C1 HOME AWAY MOROCCO UKRAINE CHINA CUBA MEXICO RUSSIA ALGERIA GERMANY WEEK2 23-24Jan.2015 C2 HOME AWAY CHINA RUSSIA UKRAINE GERMANY ALGERIA CUBA MEXICO MOROCCO WEEK7 27-28Feb.2015 C1 HOME AWAY ALGERIA CHINA GERMANY MEXICO RUSSIA MOROCCO UKRAINE CUBA WEEK12 10-11Apr.2015 C2 HOME AWAY MOROCCO CHINA CUBA MEXICO UKRAINE ALGERIA GERMANY RUSSIA WEEK3 30-31Jan.2015 C1 HOME AWAY MEXICO ALGERIA CUBA RUSSIA MOROCCO GERMANY CHINA UKRAINE WEEK8 6-7Mar.2015 C2 HOME AWAY CHINA GERMANY ALGERIA RUSSIA MEXICO UKRAINE MOROCCO CUBA WEEK13 17-18Apr.2015 C1 HOME AWAY GERMANY CUBA ALGERIA MOROCCO CHINA MEXICO UKRAINE RUSSIA WEEK4 6-7Feb.2015 C2 HOME AWAY UKRAINE MOROCCO CUBA CHINA RUSSIA MEXICO GERMANY ALGERIA WEEK9 13-14Mar.2015 C1 HOME AWAY RUSSIA CHINA GERMANY UKRAINE CUBA ALGERIA MOROCCO MEXICO WEEK14 24-25Apr.2015 C2 HOME AWAY CHINA ALGERIA MEXICO GERMANY MOROCCO RUSSIA CUBA UKRAINE WEEK5 13-14Feb.2015 C1 HOME AWAY CHINA MOROCCO MEXICO CUBA ALGERIA UKRAINE RUSSIA GERMANY WEEK10 20-21Mar.2015 C2 HOME AWAY ALGERIA MEXICO RUSSIA CUBA GERMANY MOROCCO UKRAINE CHINA GROUP A
  • 41. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 41 WORLD SERIES OF BOXING WEEK1 16-17Jan.2015 C1 HOME AWAY PUERTO RICO POLAND KAZAKHSTAN VENEZUELA ARGENTINA USA AZERBAIJAN ITALIA WEEK6 20-21Feb.2015 C2 HOME AWAY AZERBAIJAN PUERTO RICO ITALIA VENEZUELA USA POLAND KAZAKHSTAN ARGENTINA WEEK11 27-28Mar.2015 C1 HOME AWAY ITALIA ARGENTINA POLAND AZERBAIJAN USA KAZAKHSTAN VENEZUELA PUERTO RICO WEEK2 23-24Jan.2015 C2 HOME AWAY POLAND KAZAKHSTAN ARGENTINA PUERTO RICO VENEZUELA AZERBAIJAN USA ITALIA WEEK7 27-28Feb.2015 C1 HOME AWAY VENEZUELA POLAND PUERTO RICO USA KAZAKHSTAN ITALIA ARGENTINA AZERBAIJAN WEEK12 10-11Apr.2015 C2 HOME AWAY ITALIA POLAND AZERBAIJAN USA ARGENTINA VENEZUELA PUERTO RICO KAZAKHSTAN WEEK3 30-31Jan.2015 C1 HOME AWAY USA VENEZUELA AZERBAIJAN KAZAKHSTAN ITALIA PUERTO RICO POLAND ARGENTINA WEEK8 6-7Mar.2015 C2 HOME AWAY POLAND PUERTO RICO VENEZUELA KAZAKHSTAN USA ARGENTINA ITALIA AZERBAIJAN WEEK13 17-18Apr.2015 C1 HOME AWAY PUERTO RICO AZERBAIJAN ALGERIA ITALIA POLAND USA VENEZUELA KAZAKHSTAN WEEK4 6-7Feb.2015 C2 HOME AWAY ARGENTINA ITALIA AZERBAIJAN POLAND KAZAKHSTAN USA PUERTO RICO VENEZUELA WEEK9 13-14Mar.2015 C1 HOME AWAY KAZAKHSTAN POLAND PUERTO RICO UKRAINE AZERBAIJAN VENEZUELA ITALIA USA WEEK14 24-25Apr.2015 C2 HOME AWAY POLAND VENEZUELA USA PUERTO RICO ITALIA KAZAKHSTAN AZERBAIJAN ARGENTINA WEEK5 13-14Feb.2015 C1 HOME AWAY POLAND ITALIA USA AZERBAIJAN VENEZUELA ARGENTINA KAZAKHSTAN PUERTO RICO WEEK10 20-21Mar.2015 C2 HOME AWAY VENEZUELA USA KAZAKHSTAN AZERBAIJAN PUERTO RICO ITALIA ARGENTINA POLAND GROUP B
  • 42. 42 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 AIBA OLYMPIC QUOTAS AND QUALIFYING EVENTS AIBA OLYMPIC QUOTAS AND QUALIFICATIONS The qualification system for boxing Approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games provides 250 quota places for men and 36 quota places for women. OLYMPIC WEIGHT CATEGORIES MEN’S CATEGORIES WOMEN’S CATEGORIES Light Flyweight (46-49 kg) Flyweight (48-51kg) Flyweight (52kg) Lightweight (57-60kg) Bantamweight (56kg) Middleweight (69-75kg) Lightweight (60kg) Light Welterweight (64kg) Welterweight (69kg) Middleweight (75kg) Light Heavyyweight (81kg) Heavyweight (91kg) Super Heavyweight (+91kg) TOTAL OLYMPIC QUOTA PLACES FOR BOXING OLYMPIC QUOTAS MEN WOMEN Qualification Places 240 32 Host Country Places 5 2 Tripartite Commission Invitation Places 5 2 Total 250 36 MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ATHLETES PER NOC OLYMPIC QUOTAS MEN WOMEN Quota per NOC 10 3 Event Specific Quota 1 per Event 1 per Event Total 13 Weight Category WSB Ranking APB Ranking AOB WC Champ. 2015 Afric 46-49kg 1 2 2 3 52kg 2 2 2 3 56kg 2 2 3 3 60kg 2 2 3 3 64kg 2 2 3 3 69kg 2 2 3 3 75kg 2 2 3 3 81kg 2 2 2 3 91kg 1 2 1 3 +91kg 1 2 1 3 TOTAL 17 20 23 30 * Minimum quotas for America depend on use of five (5) Host Country place ** Only five (5) quotas will be allocated among these eight (8) available weig Weight Category AOB Women’s WC Champ. 2016 Africa 51kg 4 1 60kg 4 1 75kg 4 1 TOTAL 12 3 * Minimum quotas for America depend on use of Host Country place ** Only one (1) quota will be allocated among these three (3) available weigh
  • 43. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 43 AIBA OLYMPIC QUOTAS AND QUALIFICATIONS AOB Continental Qualifying 2016 APB/WSB Qualifying AOB World Qualifying 2016 Host Country Places ** TCP Places TOTAL QUOTAca America* Asia/Oceania Europe 2 or 3 3 3 3 2 0 or 1 0 22 2 or 3 3 3 3 5 0 or 1 0 26 2 or 3 3 3 3 5 0 or 1 1 28 2 or 3 3 3 3 5 0 or 1 1 28 2 or 3 3 3 3 5 0 or 1 1 28 2 or 3 3 3 3 5 0 or 1 1 28 2 or 3 3 3 3 5 0 or 1 1 28 2 or 3 3 3 3 5 0 or 1 0 26 2 or 3 3 3 1 1 0 or 1 0 18 2 or 3 3 3 1 1 0 or 1 0 18 25 30 30 26 39 5** 5 250 es ght categories, AOB Continental Qualifying 2016 Host Country Places** Tripartite Commission Invitation Places TOTAL QUOTAAmerica* Asia/Oceania Europe 1 or 2 2 2 0 or 1 1 12 1 or 2 2 2 0 or 1 1 12 1 or 2 2 2 0 or 1 1 12 5 6 6 1** 3 36 ht categories
  • 44. 44 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 Investment in coaches is a key priority for AIBA to enable us to continually deliver top quality boxers to the world stage. The Grand Opening of the AIBA World Boxing Academy coincided with the APB Boxers Workshop, taking place for nearly 80 of the best boxers in the world who all compete in the revolutionary pro-style Tournament. This momentous occasion was also attended by the Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr Aristanbek Mukhamediuly, the Vice President of Kazakhstan Boxing Federation and AIBA Executive Committee Member Mr Serik Konakbayev, the Executive Director of Kazakhstan Boxing Federation Mr Bekzhan Bektenov and honorable guests. “Since I became the President of AIBA in 2006, it has always been my dream to build an Academy. Today this dream came true due to hard work of AIBA and the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation. This Academy is the unique sports complex in the world and I am proud that this place will become a home for all members of AIBA Family” said the AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu. The Academy represents a unique educational and training complex, which will become the center for development of boxing. AIBA WORLD Boxing Academy GRAND Opening AIBA WORLD Boxing Academy
  • 45. No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 | BOXING NEWS AIBA 45 Altogether, it is an integrated training institute which embraces all aspects of the development of the sport of boxing, and one which will set global standards for boxing education, development and performance. The facilities of the Academy notably include: • A hotel which can accommodate up to 160 people • A meeting room with a 210-seat capacity with modern equipment, and a language translation system • A meeting room with 150 seats • Two training classes for 45 and 65 people respectively • Two training rings • A competition ring • A 25-meter indoor pool with saunas for men and women • A football field meeting international standards • Basketball and volleyball courts • A tennis court • A cafeteria with 40 seats • A dining room for 180 persons • A medical center AIBA WORLD BOXING ACADEMY
  • 46. 46 AIBA BOXING NEWS | No. 13 | JULY - DECEMBER 2014 BEST OLYMPIC BOXER
  • 47. APB Inaugural Title Match Pro Men January - WSB Season V Elite Men January 15 - AIBA Commission Meetings - February 3 - 5 Lausanne,Switzerland APB 2nd Cycle Pro Men TBC - Women’s Junior and Youth World Boxing Championships Taipei 2015 Yunior & YouthWomen May 14 - 24 Taipei, Taiwan European Games 2015 Elite Men & Women June 12 - 18 Baku, Azerbaijan AIBA EC Meeting - July TBC