(Boxing news) The International Boxing Association (IBA) has announced that it’s working towards a new IBA Competition system with a trial set to take place at the 66th Bocskai Memorial Tournament, February 2022 in Hungary. The new competition system will build up on the existing IBA World Championships, the related continental championships and the international multisport events featuring boxing tournaments.
Keeping sustainability at the forefront, the new competition system will aim to develop and support boxing tournaments which will be drawn together in the Boxing World Tour while preserving the rich history of the sport. Along with organisational support and significant prize money pools, IBA will also work towards generating interest in boxing with greater coverage of events and offer athletes more opportunities to compete.
“The new World Boxing Tour competition system was developed with the goal of bringing greater opportunities to our athletes, as well as event organisers all over the world,” said IBA President Umar Kremlev. “Boxing has a rich history and it is important we build on existing successes, in a sustainable way.”
The 66th Bocskai Memorial Tournament is one of the oldest European elite boxing tournaments, which has been held since 1956. The upcoming event will see representatives across 20 countries participating in all of the 12 women and 13 men weight categories.
IBA Secretary General Istvan Kovacs added: “Boxing has given me so much and I am very honoured to be here in Hungary with a chance to help a new generation of boxers. The Bocskai Memorial Tournament is exactly the kind of event IBA must strive to preserve and develop. We will not be directing our resources just to create new competitions where they are not needed. Instead, we will work to promote and bring light to events like the one happening here only in a matter of days.”
The Boxing World Tour is currently in development and more details on ranking systems, upcoming events etc will be created in conjunction with national federations, host cities and athletes.