AIBA and WBA team up to map out boxing’s future

Boxing organisations looking into ideas to improve the sport.

AIBA and WBA team up to map out boxing’s future

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) is aiming to establish common goals with the World Boxing Association (WBA) on the future of the sport, after the two entered into a major strategic partnership.

Representatives of both bodies, including AIBA president Dr Ching-Kuo Wu and WBA president Gilberto Mendoza, met in Taipei to discuss areas of concern, with a view to providing greater opportunities in boxing.

AIBA replaced the Fédération Internationale de Boxe Amateur in 1946 and oversees the AIBA Pro Boxing and World Series of Boxing competitions as well as serving as the sport’s Olympic federation, while the WBA is one of the sport’s four recognised sanctioning bodies at the professional level.

As an amateur federation, AIBA has frequently clashed with the professional side of the sport, particularly following its decision to allow professional boxers to compete in the Olympic Games.

Proceedings would appear to be at an early stage however, as no clear policies are yet to emerge.

Mendoza said: “By opening up Olympic qualification to professional organisations ahead of Rio 2016, AIBA took a major step towards bringing greater unity to world boxing and I have no doubt that together we can continue to create lasting programmes that will positively shape the sport we both represent.”