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Francis Cheka on Vijender Singh: "I am ready to give this kid a lesson in boxing"

Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh will defend his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title against former world champion Francis Cheka on December 17 at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi. Cheka, the current Intercontinental Super Middleweight champion, is expected to provide the toughest test of Vijender's professional career. He is Vijender's most experienced opponent till date.

Cheka won the Intercontinental Super Middleweight title in February this year against Geard Ajetovic of Serbia.

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AIBA plans bold new horizon for African boxing

As the new Olympic Cycle gets underway towards Tokyo 2020, an underlying theme of the HeadsUp initiative in 2017 will be the AIBA Year of Africa. With a view to plotting a course for the African Boxing Confederation (AFBC) to build on its solid foundations, two days of workshops took place in Lausanne from 7-8 November, designed to set achievable goals and strategies that will take the continent’s boxing forward using a dynamic template to then be adapted for other territories.

“AIBA is taking important steps towards decentralising the decision-making processes and realising its vision of empowering the expertise towards our Commissions, the Confederations and National Federations. Across two days of workshops with those who know the present state of African boxing better than anybody, we have been able to finalise a positive, realistic course of action for our 2017 Year of Africa initiative, creating concrete plans for the development of boxing in the region that we can then tailor to benefit all our territories.” Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, AIBA President.

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Vijender Singh to defend Asia Pacific title in Delhi on December

Undefeated Indian professional boxer Vijender Singh will defend his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title in New Delhi on December 17, it was announced on Tuesday.

The bout will be held at the Thyagaraj Stadium. Vijender boasts a record of seven straight wins with six knockouts, according to a release.

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30 days to go: AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships to get underway in Saint Petersburg

There are 30 days to go until the start of the AIBA Youth World Championships in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where the next generation of global boxing talent will be taking to the 7,000-capacity Sibur Arena in pursuit of gold. Running from 17-26 November, the competition is open to male boxers born in 1998 and 1999 across the ten Olympic weight categories.

“This is one of the most important events in the AIBA Boxing calendar, one that gives us a precious insight into the next wave of talented athletes ready to take the major step into Elite-level boxing,” said AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu. “Following the huge success of the the Junior World Championships here last year, we are looking forward to returning to Saint Petersburg and, with the help of the LOC, delivering another first-class tournament for the world’s boxing fans.”

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Boxing bosses meet to discuss action plan for Tokyo 2020

The AIBA Referees & Judges and Technical & Rules Commissions convened in Lausanne, Switzerland from 3-5 October, to reflect upon the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and plan affirmative actions to build on during the new Olympic cycle. Several crucial recommendations were made in the areas of referees and judges, the education of boxers and coaches, and improving the dialogue with National Federations, with the meetings marking a positive new horizon for AIBA and the boxing world.

“Rio 2016 was a watershed moment for AIBA,” said President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu. “Boxing was in the spotlight for positive reasons, but occasionally also for the wrong ones. As an organisation, we have pulled together and I am extremely happy with the work that has been done this week by highly experienced members of our commissions, whose expertise and council will allow AIBA and its community to develop further throughout this next Olympic cycle.”

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