India gets its biggest date with boxing


India will have the biggest date on the global boxing calendar in 2021. In a historic first for Indian boxing, the country will host the elite men’s World Championship in 2021. The nation will also conduct the women’s World Championship for the second time next year, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has announced.

The AIBA made the announcement at the end of its two-day executive committee meeting in Moscow, say reports.

“…we are delighted to have the AIBA Men’s World Championships 2019 confirmed for Sochi, and equally excited to announce New Delhi as host city in 2021 as the Boxing Federation of India continues to show its commitment towards developing the sport,” AIBA president Dr Ching Kuo Wu said in a statement.

India has never conducted the men’s World Championship but has played host to the 2006 women’s mega-event. After analysing the presentations, the AIBA Executive Committee unanimously awarded the 2019 women’s World Championships to Trabzon, Turkey. The AIBA 2018 Congress was awarded to the Russian capital city of Moscow.

“Following the presentation of the Turkish Boxing Federation, I know that Trabzon will also meet the demands of hosting the world’s biggest women’s boxing tournament in 2019,” he added.

“The strength of all of the bids we have seen today is the clearest indication yet of AIBA’s successful efforts to amplify the prestige of its World Championships even further, with the strongest global broadcasting and sponsorship partnerships secured to date already finalised for next month’s Men’s World Championships in Hamburg,” Dr Wu stated.

Boxing as a sport is on the rise in India. Vijender Singh and MC Mary Kom are the icons and then there are a number of stars in the men’s and women’s boxing.

Professional boxing too is on the rise in the country. The man to spend over Rs 200 crore on Mixed Martial Arts, Bill Dosanjh in association with the Olympic champion Aamir Khan is currently running the Super Boxing League.