New pro boxing body in town.
PROFESSIONAL boxing seems to be the latest flavour. After the World Boxing Councils Indian chapter -- Professional Boxing Organisation India -- made its debut with a fight night in the Capital in May, ace boxer Vijender signed a contract with a London- based promoter last month. The latest is the launch of a new pro body -- the Indian Boxing Council ( IBC) -- here on Wednesday.
The IBC is the brainchild of the secretary general of the now- defunct Indian Amateur Boxing Federation P. K. Muralidharan Raja and most of the officials with the pro league were associated with the erstwhile amateur body.
Like most pro boxing bodies around the world functions, the IBC will issue licences to boxers, coaches, trainers and promoters, and will also sanction the bouts.
In association with its marketing partner IOS, the IBC has also planned a three- layer competition, where boxers will compete in bouts of four to 12 rounds.
Its main competition -- the Indian Boxing Championship Series -- will start at the end of September when men will participate in 10 weight categories. A boxer will get guaranteed six
bouts a year with a minimum prize purse. To comply with regulations of international pro leagues, the IBC will increase the number of weight categories to 17 in next two years. The new body also has plans to start a womens league next year.
The IBC intends to serve as a platform for amateur boxers, who are above 23, and want to turn professional.
" Majority of amateur boxers dont manage to make good money. A few get government jobs but their earnings are meagre.
Our league will provide a platform for them to earn good money and secure their future. Then there are boxers at club level across India who want to get a taste of pro boxing, but arent able to do so in the absence of a proper platform.
We will like them to join us, said Raja at the launch of the IBC in the Capital on Wednesday.
Asked about the role of IBC and IOS in the running of pro boxing in India, IOS chief executive officer Neerav Tomar said, " We have formed six zones with one office in each. We will go to the clubs in these zones and make boxers aware of our initiative. We will also hold meetings with potential promoters and corporates to tell them how the league will benefit them. The boxers have to link themselves with the IBC and the IOS will take them to promoters. " In order to ensure financial stability to boxers, we will ask promoters to give them at least six bouts a year with a minimum prize purse. The boxers will also get a share of the prize money if they win. Out of the total purse, 60% will go to the winner, 30% to his trainer/ coach and 10% to the IBC. " To ensure promoters dont run away we will sign a contract with them to organise at least three shows and give the boxers six bouts at least, Tomar said.
Raja said the IBC will seek affiliation from one of the five major pro boxing bodies in the world.
The Indian Boxing Council will issue licences to boxers, trainers and promoters. It also plans to hold two events this year
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