24 Feb 2009

World series of amateur boxing set to begin next year

6:04 am on 24 February 2009

Amateur boxing is attempting to steal a march on the professional ranks by launching a World Series from late next year which will pit franchise teams against each other in a league format.

Officials want to spice up boxing and find new audiences and funding by making it look more like a team sport.

With professional boxing splintered because of the array of different governing bodies and weight classifications, the amateur version hopes the new World Series of Boxing can strike a chord with disaffected fans.

The proposal has not been finalised but the idea is to have 12 franchise teams from around the world, each made up of 12 fighters, who will contest 'matches' consisting of a set number of bouts.

In another move the amateur boxing's governing body the AIBA has also asked the International Olympic Committee to allow women's boxing at the London Games.