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30 Days To Go Until The 2018 Youth Olympic Game

With just 30 days to go until the start of the Youth Olympic Games in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires, an impressive list of young boxing stars are preparing to launch their Olympic careers. While the Youth Olympic Games combines both competition and cultural exchange, the boxing event itself will run from 14-18 October and will provide an excellent platform for unveiling future champions and propelling them into the Olympic spotlight. The likes of Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallists Tony Yoka and Robeisy Ramirez and silver medallists Shakur Stevenson and Bektemir Melikuziev started their Olympic careers by triumphing at previous Youth Olympic Games editions.

“The Youth Olympic Games are an excellent opportunity to see our future champions in action.”, said AIBA Interim President Gafur Rahimov. “Last month, at the AIBA Youth Championships, we had the privilege of seeing our best young talents come together. And now these athletes have the opportunity to join the youth of the world to both compete and celebrate Olympism. This is an important step in an athletes’ career, and I hope that our young boxers will come away with an enriched experience.”

The Youth Olympic Games will bring together the world’s most talented athletes born between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2001, all of whom have qualified through the AIBA Youth Women’s World Championships in 2017 and the Youth Continental Qualifiers in 2018.

After their triumphant journey in the recent Youth World Championships in Budapest, India’s Nitu Ghanghas and USA’s Heaven Garcia will be some of the boxers to follow on the women’s side of the event; while on the men’s side, the potential line-up between Brazilian Luiz Oliveira and Ivan Price from England on the flyweight category will be an expected bout.

The Competition will cover the following weight categories: Men fly (49kg), bantam (56kg), light (60kg), light welter (64kg), welter (69kg), middle (75kg), light heavy (81kg), heavy (91kg) and super heavy (91+kg) and women fly (51kg), feather (57kg), light (60kg) and middle (75kg) weights.

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Twenty-four nations claim medals at the Youth World Boxing Championships…

Twenty-four nations claim medals at the Youth World Boxing Championships as Semi-Finals line-ups are revealed

The last two sessions of quarter-finals took over the Budapest’s Duna Arena on Monday, leaving 24 teams still chasing the 2018 Youth Women’s & Men’s World Championships titles. A packed arena saw 32 world-class quality bouts between the next generation of boxing champions to complete a great Day 7 of action.

Photo credit: AIBA

DAY 7 IN THREE ROUNDS
Round one: 24 nations reach the podium at the 2018 AIBA Youth World Championships
The AIBA Youth World Championships is a historical moment, as both men and women feature in this edition for the first time since Sofia 2014, and the number of teams reaching the last four of the event makes it even more special. A total of twenty-four nations have claim medals at this edition of the event paying off the strong AIBA’s efforts to develop the sport across the world.

Round two: Brazil & Croatia write a new page on the Youth Women’s history
To win a medal at a World Championships is always special for every athlete but, being able to clinch the first medal ever of your country at the event is just a defining moment. And that’s the feeling Croatia’s Nikolina Cacic (featherweight – 57kg) and Brazil’s Rebeca Santos (Lightweight – 60kg) experienced today after winning their respective bouts to become the first Youth Women’s World Championships medalists of their countries.

photo credit AIBA

Round three: Asian nations commanding the medal table after the Quarter-Finals
Day Seven saw the Asian nations taking the lead on the Youth World Championships after ensuring an impressive 35 medals in Budapest. Among them Kazakhstan’s powerhouse has already assured 11 medals, followed closely by the Indian squad with 10 medals. But it is Thailand who stole the limelight at this World Championships with their impressive performance which have guaranteed seven medals to bring back the Thai team in between the best boxing teams.

AIBA Launches Its 1st Gender Equality Forum In Sofia

As part of several reform programs being embraced by AIBA, gender equality is one of top priorities and the Gender Equality Forum also aims at increasing gender equity in all aspects of Boxing. The forum will focus on developing innovative approaches to promote equal opportunities for more girls and women to participate in the sport of boxing and receive increased benefits.

Gafur Rahimov, the AIBA Interim President urged that: “The increase of women participation is a key to the continued overall development of our sport in the future. Particularly, we want to make sure women boxers receive the support they need and are given equal opportunities in and out of the ring to thrive. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that our sport has a global reach and that participants – both men and women – from all nations and cultures are provided access to our sport.”

Emilia Grueva, Chairwoman of AIBA Women’s Commission and Organizing Committee of the Forum, said: “I feel honoured to be able to lead this fantastic initiative. Providing the boxing family with the right tools will allow the development of a concrete action plan to strengthen the presence of women in our organization and our sport. I hope to see many of our members at this exciting event.”

For any questions regarding The Gender Equality Forum, please feel free to reach out to Emilia Grueva at e_grueva@yahoo.com. Please note that the registration deadline is August 20th.

Nigeria’s Ekundayo Honoured In London…, As Boxer’s Team Announce Viva Las Lagos Project

The Nigerian High Commission in the UK in partnership with the Nigerian Diaspora Direct Investment Summit UK Honoured Larry Ekundayo on Thursday 9th August 2018 following his big win of the welterweight IBF European title. Larry “The Natural” Ekundayo, who is the often described as the “Nigerian Mayweather” Because of his fighting style has worked extremely hard to make Lagos State and Nigeria very proud of him by winning the prestigious title.

IBF Champion Larry Ekundayo with The Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom HE George Oguntade

Larry Ekundayo presented the high commissioner with a signed glove as a gift to thank HE George Oguntade for his immense support, as His Excellency has been ringside to watch the historic event. The significance of the gloves, which Larry wore in his recent victory, is that it symbolises the close relations between London and Lagos, the other glove would be presented to the Lagos State Governor, when Ekundayo and his team visit Nigeria in a few weeks time to present a plan to deliver sporting glory to Lagos and Nigeria.

Ekundayo Took time out to thank his fans and supporters, not forgetting the Nigerian media for the support through the years ” I am Profoundly grateful to all the people who have supported me through the years, I would like to thank my Fans, Sponsors and especially the Nigerian Media for their support. I believe we a closer to winning the world title that as eluded us as a nation for years now”.

IBF Champion Larry Ekundayo

Speaking at the event Ben Gray, Larry’s Commercial Agent, gave a presentation on how Nigeria and Britain can partner to deliver sporting success and financial benefit for both countries. He detailed that, by utilising Nigerian talent and British expertise, this will impact both countries economically. He also announced the “Viva Las Lagos” plan to help deliver on Governor Ambode’s goal of making Lagos the central hub for sport entertainment and tourism in Africa.

According to Gray the specifics of the plan involve Ekundayo defending his title in Lagos and London before fighting for a world title in Lagos and using these fights as an attraction to invite CEOs and top business people to attend business summits at the same time, organised by the NDDIS. He said that they were looking to raise $2 million from both UK and Nigerian private and public bodies as a vehicle to highlight the valuable partnership between the two countries.

IBF Champion Larry Ekundayo

He added “I am delighted to announce that His Excellency Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu has pledged a specific amount from his current commitment to support Larry Ekundayo”.

In Conclusion Gray said: “Now that Larry has been honoured by the High Commissioner in this way, and His Excellency Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has shown great leadership in backing elite Nigerian talent my team and I will be reaching out to similar visionary organisations from both the UK and Nigeria to take advantage of this great opportunity. His Excellency has committed to being the first to contribute to this plan to attract jobs, investment and sporting glory to Lagos and we’re sure others will now want to follow his leadership example”

Also Speaking at the Event The Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom HE George Oguntade said: “The High Commission will continue to support Larry Ekundayo in his quest to become the world champion, we believe he can do it”.

L-R Khomeini Bukhari, Bimbo Folayan, IBF Champion Larry Ekundayo The Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom HE George Oguntade, A member of the Nigerian Diaspora Direct Investment Summit and Ben Gray, Larry’s Commercial Agent.

Speaking on behalf of Nigerians In Diaspora Bimbo Folayan in said: “The Nigerian Diaspora Direct Investment Summit will be Working in partnership with Larry Ekundayo, his team and others, to galvanise support within the Diaspora and in Nigeria through a series of activities to support Larry Ekundayo and push him towards a world title in the months ahead. Larry is now the highest ranked Nigerian boxer and we will do all in our power to ensure that we help him win a world title very soon. “.

Khomeini Bukhari who represented Honourable Abike Dabiri, SSA to President Muhammadu Buhari on the night said “Larry Ekundayo has made Lagos state and Nigeria very proud. The journey has not been easy but Larry’s success has boosted the morale of our team I pledge to not give up till Larry becomes a world champion. I know in the near future he will be, I have absolute confidence in him”.

AIBA Launches New Foundation Plan

Today, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has launched its New Foundation Plan following the unanimous adoption of the plan by the AIBA Executive Committee.

The New Foundation Plan was developed to lay the foundation for a stronger future for AIBA and Olympic Boxing while at the same time implementing short-term corrective measures. The New Foundation Plan is a plan will allow the new AIBA leadership, due to be elected in November 2018, a fresh start with a smoothly running organisation.

The New Foundation Plan consists of five pillars: governance, events, rules, development, and communication. In addition to the activities already accomplished by AIBA, the plan outlines key priorities and action items that are necessary to implement and consider in the lead up to a new AIBA strategy. The New Foundation Plan was developed with the input of the wider boxing community and experts, through surveys and meetings.

Gafur Rahimov, Interim President of AIBA, said “I am very proud of the work AIBA has done on all levels to be able to launch the New Foundation Plan. We are confident that the New Foundation Plan provides us with a strong basis to build our future and will allow AIBA to continue to develop our sport on all levels and in all continents. As the New Foundation Plan shows, we have made incredible progress since the Extraordinary Congress in January of this year. Over the coming months, our focus lies on implementing the remainder of the plan and to get ready for the next step for AIBA.”

The full plan is available for download, please click here.

Nigeria’s Ekundayo Eyes Welterweight World Title…

Nigerian born England based boxer, Larry ‘The Natural’ Ekundayo continues his march towards the world Welterweight title as he returns to the ring next week against Scotland’s John Thain.

Speaking at a media parley in Lagos ahead of the fight, Khomeini Bukhari, a member of ‘Team Ekundayo’ explained that the media session was ostensibly to sensitive the public and particularly, the corporate world on the need to support the ambition of Ekundayo to win a world title for Nigeria.

Segun Ajose,former commonwealth champion. Khomeini Bukhari,Director of Africa Peel Aston Global and Remi Aboderin

Bukhari also used the opportunity to thank Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for his continued financial and moral support to the career of the boxer. Adding that there are plans to present a symbolic boxing glove to the renowned politician in a show of appreciation.

The well attended parley that featured former Commonwealth boxing champion Segun Ajose, Remi Aboderin, Secretary-General, NBB of C, veteran journalist Effiong Nyong, as well as, Andrew Odobeatu, had them rallying support for the ambition of the highly rated Nigerian boxer from the corporate world, the general public and the media.

Segun Ajose,former commonwealth champion. Khomeini Bukhari,Director of Africa Peel Aston Global, Remi Aboderin,President Of West African Boxing Union and Andrew Odobeatu, Sales and Marketing Manager OJEZ

Also speaking via telephone from London, Ben Gray, Larry’s commercial Agent from World Class Athletes enthused greatly about the chances of Ekundayo to become a world champion in a couple of months. He however, admonished the government and well placed individuals to support the dream. Even as he lamented the lack of supports for talented Nigerians with potentials to become world champions like Anthony Joshua.

Ekundayo, the former Prize fighter and African Boxing Union champion, with a impressive tale of 13-1 3kos, who lost his last fight in a controversial split decision to Gary Corcoran, was quick to state; ” I left that in the past. I feel I won the fight. I was landing the cleaner shots and applying textbook boxing. Some judges seem to favour quantity over quality, aggression over accuracy.”

Nigerian born England based boxer, Larry ‘The Natural’ Ekundayo

Renown for his sleekness and uncommon abilities to box and fight, he went on to express his confidence ahead of the clash against the Scottish boxer with a record 17-3 1ko in the MTK packaged bout tagged ‘Seize the City’, slated to hold 13th July in London.

According to him, the fight is a ’50-50′ battle as he describes his opponent as a good fighter. ” I am confident of bouncing back to victory. And the dream is still alive,” he enthused confidently.

NEW CHAMPIONS EMERGE IN MAIDEN BOXFEST IN LAGOS.

The renewed vigor to have Boxing regain its frontline status as far as sports in Nigeria is concerned is already yielding more positive results.

The BoxFest, a premium boxing event specially tailored to provide fight fans with live professional boxing contests held it’s maiden edition at Eko Hotels Convention Hall and the memory lingers on weeks after its completion having produced new and exciting champions.

The boxing show which was laced with musical entertainment by some A-list artistes promoted by Monarch Promotions presided over by Prince Stanley Williams had a card of Six thrilling bouts on the night.

This included two WBU World Title Fights, one WBU Africa Title fight and one West Africa boxing Union title fight.

In the first Bout, Cynthia Ogunsemilore making her pro debut beat another debutant Habibat Ismail over four rounds in a National Featherweight challenge contest.

It got tougher in Bout 2 where Sule Olagbade of Nigeria beat Stephen Okine of Ghana by TKO in round 6 of scheduled 10 rounds to win the vacant West Africa Boxing Union (WABU) Light Middleweight title.

For the third bout an International heavyweight challenge which pitched England based Nigerian, Tony Salam against Eugen Buchmueller of Germany, it went the whole mile before Salam carried the day; winning via a unanimous decision.

The stakes were equally high in the fourth bout as Australia based King Davidson of Nigeria took on Ishmael Tetteh of Ghana for the vacant World Boxing Union (WBU) Middleweight Title.

In what turned out to be a slugfest, King Davidson (19 3 0) defeated his Ghanaian opponent via unanimous decision to win the title.

In the penultimate fight, Paul Valenzuela Jr of Mexico fought a very technical fight against a game opponent, Aaron Coley of USA and received a Split Decision win to annex the WBU Middleweight World title.

DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley at BOXFEST

The Main event of the night was worth the wait as fans favorite, DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley of USA, who once went the distance against Floyd Mayweather and also once beat Nigeria’s Daniel Attah won a hard fought 12 rounds unanimous decision against Patrick ‘El Elegante’ Lopez of Venezuela.

‘Chopchop’ Corley displayed the prowess and staying power that has helped him to subdue many opponents over the years to win the vacant World Boxing Union (WBU) Lightweight World Title.

Ringside guests included former undisputed World heavyweight champion, Riddick ‘Big Daddy’ Bowe and also former heavyweight champion if the world, Ray Mercer.

Speaking after the event, CEO of Monarch Promotions, Prince Stanley Williams promised a bigger and better promotion subsequently.

“This is not going to be a one off show, this is just like a test for us, boxing fans should expect something bigger and better from Monarch Promotions in the coming Months”