With 150 days until the opening bouts of the 19th AIBA World Boxing Championships, when the German city of Hamburg will host the top 280 elite male boxers, the dates and venues for five Continental Championships that will serve as the only direct qualification route to Hamburg have been confirmed. Held between May and June, the Continentals will provide an opportunity for the new generation of boxing talent to break through and establish themselves against more experienced names for the first time in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle.
Five continents, five boxing cities
The road to Hamburg begins in the Uzbekistan capital of Tashkent, with the ASBC Asian Championships running from 30 April to 7 May, before the Congo capital Brazzaville hosts the AFBC African Championships from 27 May to 4 June. Tegucigalpa in Honduras will host the best boxers in the Americas for the AMBC Championship from 10-18 June, the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv will welcome the EUBC European Championships from 16-24 June and Gold Coast, Australia, hosts the OCBC Oceania Championships from 26-29 June.