Proposed boxing league runs into hurdle

Super Boxing League, within hours of its announcement, has run into an administrative hurdle. The proposed league is endorsed by the International Boxing Association, the global governing body for the sport, but the national federation – Boxing Federation of India) has ruled out allowing any of its pugilists in the event.

The Super Boxing League (SBL) will roll out from July 7 to August 12. It will feature eight franchises and each team will comprise six players – five men and one woman with six back-up players per team.

SBL is being launched in association with AIBA Pro Boxing (APB). “AIBA has officially given us the rights to hold Super Boxing League in India. They will be involved in the capacity of bringing to us the best talent from across the globe to be part of this league,” Bill Dosanjh, Founder-CEO of Super Boxing League, said. “The technical officials of course will be provided by APB,” he added.

Despite the association with AIBA, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has ruled out letting any of the national campers taking part in the league, saying that it would continue to work on its own league to be launched later this year. They have discussed with us but we have not agreed to support this. So our boxers will not participate. They are seeking backing from AIBA and BFI. BFI intends to start its own league,” PTI has quoted BFI President Ajay Singh as saying.