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Monarch Promotions Boss Is WBU Promoter Of The Year

Professional boxing ended year 2018 on a high in Nigeria when Monarch Promotions boss, Prince Stanley Williams was named Promoter of the Year by the World boxing Union (WBU).

President of the World Boxing Union (WBU) Thorsten Knille while decorating the the Monarch Promotions boss with the beautiful belt said “WBU has chosen you as our Promoter of the year for promoting six World Title bouts in 2018, no other Promoter achieved this feat, Congratulations.”

Monarch Promotions Boss Is WBU Promoter Of The Year

The award came as a huge surprise to Prince Williams, “This is a big surprise and I thank everyone at WBU for seeing me worthy of this Honour.” He said.

“Making champions before my Countrymen gives me pleasure and at Monarch, it is our constant pursuit to bring fight fans the most exciting fights”, Prince Williams added.

President of Nigeria Boxing Board of Control (NBB of C) Dr. Rafiu Ladipo thanked the WBU for bestowing such honour on a Nigerian Promoter.

Monarch Promotions Boss Is WBU Promoter Of The Year

Monarch Promotions have promoted two bout cards, Boxfest in April 2018 and King of the Ring in December 2018 producing West African Champion, African Champions and six new World Champions including WBU World Middle weight Champion, King Davidson and WBU World Super Welterweight champion, Sule Olagbade.

Prince Williams is clearly on a passion-filled mission to making Nigeria a true hub of the sport, rather than just a place that feeds boxing promotions in other parts of the world.

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AIBA Pleased That IOC Executive Board Acknowledges Its Progress

The International Boxing Association has taken note of the announcement of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) this evening and are pleased that the IOC Executive Board has acknowledged AIBA’s progress.

In line with its New Foundation Plan, AIBA has made great strides forward in a short period of time, which has resulted in many positive outcomes being achieved including the implementation of good governance systems (resulting in the advancement of AIBA in the Governance Assessment by the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations to a position in the top half of all summer IFs), anti-doping compliancy (resulting in AIBA being WADA compliant and collaborating with the ITA for all in & out of competition testing), financial turn-around (resulting in a positive cash-flow and stable finances) and implementation of a new refereeing & judging systems (resulting in a new transparent R&J systems implemented in the last two major events – Youth Olympic Games and AIBA Women’s World Championships).

AIBA also welcomes the opportunity to work with the ad-hoc Inquiry Committee, chaired by Mr Nenad Lalovic, in order to clarify any further concerns that the IOC may have. Given Mr Lalovic’s experience within international sport and his personal experience with governance reforms of an international sport organisation, it is certain that his expertise will be invaluable.

Gafur Rahimov, AIBA President, stated: “I would like to thank the IOC Executive Board for their comprehensive work and assure them that AIBA is committed to improving in any area where they have concerns. Throughout this entire process AIBA has remained committed to the Olympic Movement and the Olympic values.

Gafur Rahimov President of International Boxing Association, AIBA

In terms of my own situation, I can assure the IOC that the situation with US authorities based on false allegations by the previous regime of my country is being addressed and that my legal team is working hard to correct this.

Furthermore, in terms of the concern with regards to AIBA’s financial situation, I must admit that I too was worried about our finances at the beginning of this year. However, I can assure our Olympic friends that after making significant cuts to our spending, securing new sponsors, securing trusted host cities for our major events and negotiating with our past partners, I am very proud to say that AIBA has achieved financial stability. I look forward to sharing all that information with my colleague Mr. Lalovic and his committee and to address these areas and any further questions that they might have so that we can get back to full scale preparations for Tokyo 2020.”

AIBA Restores Healthy Finances To The Delight Of Its Members

With the fiscal year coming to an end, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) is pleased to inform that following the full review of its financial control systems, AIBA has managed to restore a healthy and sustainable financial situation.

Following AIBA Congress that took place earlier this month in Moscow, AIBA members expressed their strong appreciation and relief concerning AIBA’s financial situation, which has seen significant improvements in recent months. AIBA implemented a significant number of changes in regards to its policies and procedures to improve accountability, fiscal responsibility and financial mechanisms of control at large. This includes in particular the establishment of new partnerships and host city agreements.

Gafur Rahimov President of International Boxing Association, AIBA

Gafur Rahimov, AIBA President, said: “AIBA has come a long way in getting over this financial crisis and it has been extremely encouraging to receive all these calls and mails from our member federations – both large federations with strong tradition and results in Boxing as well as from some of our smallest member federations. The fear of going bankrupt due to past financial mismanagement is now far behind us. It is time to turn the page and look further to the development of Boxing worldwide. After having spent a lot of time and energy in closing deals and bringing the AIBA finances under control, these many positive statements from our members are also a very strong motivation personally”.

The stringent financial controls recently implemented allowed the organisation to operate under budget for the first time in history, while improving the transparency and services to AIBA members, athletes and stakeholders.

New AIBA Refereeing and Judging System Positively Received By Athletes And Officials

With two major events coming to a close, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) is pleased to report that the changes and updates with regards to its Refereeing and judging (R&Js) system and regulations are being positively received by athletes and technical officials alike.

Since 2016, AIBA has fully revamped its R&Js management systems to foster a culture of transparency and fair play, in and out of the boxing ring. The new system in place was tested for the first time during the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina and yet again at the recent 2019 AIBA Women’s World Championships in Delhi, India. PriceWaterhouseCooper (PwC), the leading audit firm in Switzerland was charged with the independent monitoring and reviewing during the first implementation. PwC positively reviewed the new systems, indicating that the changes made were good and producing the desired results.

Highlighted changes include:

– The return of having five judges’ scores a bout;

– The removal of the President and Executive Director from the appointment and approval process of Referee and Judges;
– The development of a computerized draw system for appointing Referees and Judges to a bout;
– The appointment of an observer position into the Field of Play;
– The increased number and quality of courses offered for training Referees and Judges;
– The improvement of AIBA’s database so that Referees and Judges can be evaluated over time as opposed to event by event.

Noteworthy, is the establishment of a protest system for Coaches and Athletes which has been approved, tested and is set to be implemented in 2019 at the AIBA Men’s World Championships.

photo credit AIBA

Tom Virgets, AIBA Executive Director, said: “AIBA is committed to safe-guarding the integrity of boxing and its competitions on all levels. Collaborating with an independent audit team is just one of the ways we are working hard to ensure we keep our sport clean and our competitions honest. Like any other International Sport Federation, AIBA will continuously seek to improve its refereeing and judging and will remain ever vigilant to the fact that we serve our athletes in the first place.”

While the new systems have been successfully implemented and approved by the independent organisation PwC and the IOC, AIBA is dedicated to continuously investing in new technologies to further improve its refereeing and judging processes in the lead up to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and beyond.

Ten new AIBA Women’s World Champions Crowned As a Memorable Delhi 2018 Draws To a Close

The Indira Gandhi Stadium Sports complex was taken over by world-class boxing for one last Session of the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships on Saturday, with ten new World Champions being crowned from 6 countries. After 267 bouts, 21 nations received at least one medal of the most prestigious competition in women’s boxing, proving the good health and the expansion of the women’s noble art. It was a mighty night for China stepping on top of the podium 4 times and Chinese Taipei reaching the gold twice, while India, DPR Korea, Germany, and Ireland took home one gold medal each.

THREE ROUNDS FROM THE FINALS
Round 1
: Delhi crowns ten new AIBA World Champions!
Whether it was the first or the sixth time they took home a gold from the AIBA Women’s World Championships, all ten Champions crowned today made history by stepping on the higher place of the podium in one of the most disputed World Championships ever, getting their names inked in the respected list of the most renowned tournament in women’s boxing.

Ten new Champions:
Light Fly (48kg) MC Mary Kom (IND)
Fly (51 kg) Chol Mi Pang (PRK)
Bantam (54 kg) Yu-Ting Lu (TPE)
Feather (57 kg) Ornella Wahner (GER)
Light (60 kg) Kellie Harrigton (IRL)
Light Welter (64 kg) Dan Dou (CHN)
Welter (69 kg) Nien-Chin Chen (TPE)
Middle (75 kg) Quian Li (CHN)
Light Heavy (81 kg) Lina Wang (CHN)
Heavy (81+ kg) Xiaoli Yang (CHN)

Round 2: Magnificent Mary makes her legend even bigger
No doubt MC Mary Kom is one of the biggest names of the noble art after seeing her hand raised in all international major boxing events and inspiring millions of young people all around the world in and out the ring. But the Light Fly (48 kg) Indian superstar is not done yet as she showed today winning her sixth World Championships title in incredible fashion. With this victory, Kom has finally tied with Cuba’s Legend Felix Savon as the boxer with more AIBA World titles.

Ten new AIBA Women’s World Champions crowned as a memorable Delhi 2018 draws to a close

Round 3: Chinese Xiaoli Yang wins back-to-back gold
Xiaoli Yang has been on the spotlight for China many times already with her impressive record including winning gold in Jeju 2014 and Astana 2016 World Championships in the Light Heavy (81 kg) and Saturday’s action saw her winning another back-to-back gold medal. The Chinese boxer defeated by unanimous decision Turkish Sennur Demir in the Heavy (81+ kg) category after three breathtaking rounds in the last bout of this impressive tenth edition of the AIBA Women’s World Championships.

Round-Extra: 2018 AIBA Women’s World Championships Awards
Best boxer – Mary Kom (IND)
Best team – People Republic of China
Best coach – Liam Bolger – Head Coach of the German Team

Standout Performances In Four Weight Categories At Day Two of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship

The light fly (48kg), bantam (54kg), light (60kg) and welter (69kg) were on the spotlight of day 2 with 45 boxers getting their tickets to the next round of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Delhi. Dina Zholaman (54kg) from Kazakhstan, Paige Murney (60kg) from England, and Ireland’s Kellie Harrington (60kg) were among the names progressing, but it was India’s Manisha Moun (54kg) and Finland’s Mira Potkonen (60kg) who made the day 2 headlines.

THREE ROUNDS FROM DAY 2

Round 1: India’s new shining star Manisha Moun
The Indian women’s squad has become a powerhouse with some big names already on the spotlight for years, and Manisha Moun confirmed today the good health of the next generation of Indian champions. The 21 years old Bantam (54 kg) boxer’s impressive bout against the experienced USA’s Christina Cruz showed that she is one of India’s future brightest star and, definitively, one to follow here in Delhi.

Round 2: Potkonen’s debuts in style
Mira Potkonen’s astonishing winning record is not to prove anymore and the Olympic medalist delivered a well-rounded performance against the Commonwealth Games gold medalist Anja Stridsman in her first bout of the competition. The Finnish girl, seeded number one in the Light (60kg) category, confirmed she is in top form by defeating Australia’s Stridman to reach the third round of the competition.

Round 3: Costa Rica’s historical win
It was a great day for the Costa Rican squad on Friday with Bantam (54kg) boxer Julianna Rodriguez making history by defeating Italy’s Giulia DeLaurenti in New Delhi. The two-time Central American Champion delivered an astounding performance today, getting the first win for Costa Rica in an AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in their 4th participation to the event.

2018 Women’s World Boxing Championships Gets Underway In Delhi

The flyweight (51kg) boxers were the first one on the ring at the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Championships in Delhi on Thursday afternoon, showing the path to the 52 athletes competing on day 1 at the expected tenth edition of the competition. The likes of Canada, Italy, Brazil and USA were among the countries progressing athletes into the next round after a superb day of boxing action in KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium.

THREE ROUNDS FROM DAY ONE
Round 1: Thrilling anticipated final to kick off the World Championships in Delhi
The first bout on Ring B was a glimpse of what could have been a final in the flyweight category (51kg), as Kazakhstan’s Zhaina Shekerbekova met EUBC European Women’s Champion Russia’s Svetlana Soluianova. The stylish performance of the Kazakh boxer confirmed her medal potential by defeating Russia’s favorite.

Round 2: Switzerland’s hope Sandra Brugger advance to the next round
Lightweight (60kg) veteran Sandra Brugger started her 6th participation at an AIBA World Championships with an impressive performance to defeat the talented Indonesia’s Huswatun Hasanah. Brugger hard preparation for the event has paid off today seeing the Swiss hope advancing to the next stage in New Delhi.

Round 3: Four new countries in the AIBA Women’s World Championships mix
History has been made today at New Delhi’s KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium with Scotland, Somalia, DR Congo and Bangladesh reaching for the first time the women’s boxing highest scenario, the AIBA World Championships. The participation of these four newcomers, coming from three different continents (Europe, Asia and Africa), prove the strong efforts made by AIBA in developing the noble art across the World.