IBA to trial new World Boxing Tour competition system in 2022
January 29, 2022 | by Matt Halfpenny
The International Boxing Association (IBA) has announced its intention to develop a new World Boxing Tour competition in 2022.
A trial will take place at the 66th Bocskai Memorial Tournament in February in Budapest, Hungary.
The new competition system will seek to build on the existing IBA World Championships, the related continental championships and the international multi-sport events featuring boxing tournaments.
The new competition system will aim to support and develop boxing tournaments that are already in place.
Along with significant prize money pools, and organisational support, IBA will work to generate greater interest in the sport of boxing with wider coverage of the events, while offering its athletes more chances 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.”
Further details on ranking systems, upcoming events, and more will be created in conjunction with national federations, host cities and the athletes themselves.