The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has extended the last date to submit the bid documents for the “pro league commercial license” to 11 September.
The federation had on July 28 floated the bid documents for the rights to organize the franchisee-based pro boxing league in India. August 16, Wednesday, was the last date for submission of the bid documents.
“The date has been extended. The bid documents can be submitted till September 16 now,” the Boxing Federation of India secretary-general, Jay Kowli told Insidesport.co. “We are busy with the AIBA World Championships so,” he added.
The AIBA World Championship is slated from August 25 to September 3 at Hamburg, Germany.
However, a source in the BFI has attributed the decision to an extremely poor response. Kowli claimed there have been “54 queries” from various sports management firms and corporate. He declined to share any details.
The BFI is looking at licensing the league for 10 years to “ensure continuity and a return on investment for the company that invests in the league”.
Several other boxing leagues has been announced and organized in India in the past. The Super Boxing League was announced earlier this year by Royal Sports Promotions in association with the Asian Boxing Council. But, the BFI withdrew support to the SBL, saying it would not allow its registered boxers to participate in any ‘rival league’. It however went ahead with the league which had concluded in Delhi on August 12, Saturday.
The BFI, though is the official governing body for the sport of boxing in the country, it does not control the “professional boxers”, who have been participating in various competitions and events.
Professional boxing in the country is gaining popularity and growing commercially. Indian-origin British businessman Bill Dosanjh and Olympic champion Amir Khan have successfully organized the eight-team Super Boxing League in India, which had the league matches spread over the weekends.
However, the national body is empowered to allow its registered amateurs boxers to participate in the league, which will be played under professional rules.