New Delhi, Jan 27 (PTI) India faces competition from traditional powerhouses like Thailand and Kazakhstan in its bid to be among the four Asian franchises for the World Series of Boxing planned next year.
The five-weight-category, inter-continental event would feature four city-based teams each from Asia, America and Europe.
Every franchisee would be worth USD 10 million and selection of boxers for the event would be done at the World Championships in Milan this August, Indian Boxing Federation secretary general Col P K Muralidharan Raja told PTI.
“So far, apart from India, Thailand, China, Korea, Qatar and Kazakhstan are among the contenders for becoming a franchisee. The discussions are on and the whole thing will be finalised in the AIBA executive meeting in Milan next month,” Raja, who was elected chairman of Asian Boxing Confederation’s Referee and Judges Commission recently, said.
“We are trying for Delhi but we cannot seek any expression of interest from any franchisee until the AIBA executive committee meeting decides on the matter. Once it is decided, we would take the next step of approaching people (sponsors),” he added.
Col Raja was in Montreal last week to attend the International Referees and Judges Commission meeting and revealed that the World Series of Boxing was the dominant topic of discussion. PTI