“Am not under pressure to fight, I thank my management [Baby Jet Promotions] for putting this fight together, i will never disappoint them.
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I will give my final prediction at the weigh-in and punish Saucedo – IBO Champion Game Boy
Emmanuel Tagoe, Ghana lone world boxing title holder with the IBO belt has exhibited a bit of his skills at a media workout on Friday afternoon at the Will Power Boxing Gym in James Town, Accra, and interacted with the pressmen after his training with WBC International Welterweight champion Fred Lawson who also has a fight in March.
“Am not under pressure to fight, I thank my management [Baby Jet Promotions] for putting this fight together, i will never disappoint them.
Ghana’s Abdul Wahid Omar says his focus is on reaching the medal zone of the 2018 Commonwealth Games which would be held in April in Australia and he is very sure of clinching a medal.
Speaking to Yours Truly at the Bukom Boxing Arena, before the national team, the Black Bombers moved to Cape Coast for further training in a cool, calm and serene atmosphere he said this time round he wants to make a name for himself, so he is going all out to the finals.
English Super Middleweight boxer George Groves pulls no punches as he talks through his upcoming bout against Frenchman Christopher Rebrasse at Wembley Arena on September 20.
The 26-year-old Londoner is confident of a first half knockout and says he’s learnt from his experience following two defeats to World Champion Carl Froch.
Groves discusses his pre-fight training routine, fight plan and his target to become a World Champion.
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 17, 2014 - The Official AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Draw took place today at the AIBA Boxing Academy in the Talgar region near Almaty in Kazakhstan.
This ceremony was attended by the AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, the President of the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation Mr Timur Kulibaev, the Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr Aristanbek Mukhamediuly, the Vice-President of the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation and the AIBA Executive Committee Mr Serik Konakbaev, and other important guests including the APB Boxers who are currently attending the APB Workshop.
Ecuadorian boxing star and APB middleweight Marlo Delgado shared his thoughts on the Official Draw.
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 17, 2014 - The President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Dr Ching-Kuo Wu and the President of the Boxing Federation of Kazakhstan Mr Timur Kulibaev have today officially opened the AIBA Boxing Academy in the Talgar region near Almaty, Kazakhstan.
This momentous occasion was also attended by the Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr Aristanbek Mukhamediuly, the Vice-president of Kazakhstan Boxing Federation and AIBA Executive Committee Member Mr Serik Konakbayev, the Executive Director of Kazakhstan Boxing Federation Mr Bekzhan Bektenov and honourable guests.
The Grand Opening of the AIBA Boxing Academy coincided with the AIBA Pro Boxers Workshop, taking place for nearly 80 of the best boxers in the world who will all be competing in the upcoming revolutionary Pro Tournament.
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 13, 2014 - AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) has announced their list of fighters that will make up the Super Heavyweight (91+kg) category with a handful of hard-hitting boxers ready to rumble for a coveted quota place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (http://bit.ly/1m1WFif).
The APB Super Heavyweights conclude the list of boxers competing in the tournament in what is the final unveiling of participating athletes with a crop of big men with flair, grit and guile looking to cause a stir in the division.
Amongst the elite group of gargantuan battlers is German star and two-time AIBA World Boxing Championships bronze medallist Erik Pfeifer. A perennial warrior with a never-say-die attitude, Pfeifer has been open about his eagerness to compete in APB.
Clash of Champions: Astana Arlans Kazakhstan second leg win not enough to overcome Cuba Domadores
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 10, 2014 - After a controlled and powerful first leg of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) Clash of Champions, WSB Season IV winners must have felt confident enough ahead of a second leg against WSB Season III Champions Astana Arlans Kazakhstan.
Although their 4-1 lead from the first leg was enough for Cuba to win the Clash of Champions 6-4 on aggregate, it was Astana Arlans who took revenge on the second night of action winning it 3 to 2.
Kazakhstan's night started with one of the biggest surprises in WSB history.
Yosbany Veitia won all nine of his WSB contests last season at Light Flyweight, and though he was making his debut at Flyweight (52 kg), few expected him to be seriously troubled by Kazakhstan's experienced Miras Zhakupov.
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 9, 2014 - The first leg of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) “Clash of Champions” Exhibition extravaganza took place at the Daulet Sporting Complex in Astana, with WSB Season IV Champions Cuba Domadores claiming a 4-1 lead over Season III winners Astana Arlana Kazakhstan.
Kicking the event off was the Light Flyweights, and the 49 kg stars exhibited an exciting 25 minutes of non stop action.
Cuba’s Santiago Amador is a WSB rookie, and was competing against Kazakhstan’s Mardan Berikbayev, who was one of the stand out boxers in his weight class last season.
Berikbayev continued where he left off, as he controlled the contest from the beginning, with the raucous crowd cheering on his every move.
Both boxers were incredibly quick, but it was the Kazakh who edged the bout, despite the obvious potential of the aggressive of Amador, who finished the contest strongly in spite of his loss.
The official result was a unanimous points win for Berikbayev 49:46, 49:46 and 48:47.
More speedsters followed in the second contest, with Cuba’s London 2012 Olympic Champion Robeisy Ramírez facing off against WSB veteran Bagdad Alimbekov.
Ramírez is one of the most exciting boxing prospects in the world, and the star survived a difficult first round to claim victory in his first WSB contest since January.
Alimbekov tried hard, but Ramírez consistently seemed to be playing an eternal game of cat and mouse, as he danced around the ring mixing his reflexes with constant attacks.
The Cuban will be one to watch in Season V, and only dropped one point on one scorecard in the fight.
Next up was a clash between two top five Light Welterweights (64 kg) in Season IV, as the two-time AIBA World Championships Silver medalist Yasnier Toledo took on the underrated Askhat Ualikhanov.
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 8, 2014 - AIBA, the world governing body for the sport of boxing, has today appointed David Gough as Chief Executive Officer for its exclusive global marketing company, the Boxing Marketing Arm (BMA).
Mr Gough has significant experience in world-class sponsorship sales, sports marketing and commercial partnership having previously worked for IMG and Coca-Cola amongst others.
AIBA President and BMA Board Chairman, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, said: “I am delighted that David Gough is joining the BMA, and there is little doubt that his excellent international experience will provide us with significant support as we move into an exciting new era for boxing.
“AIBA is the global governing body for the sport of boxing and David’s knowledge of international sports sponsorship and marketing will certainly boost the commercial success of our boxing competitions and initiatives.”
APB fight cards to be confirmed by Official Draw in AIBA Boxing Academy on September 17
Lausanne, Switzerland, September 5, 2014 - The Official Draw for the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Pre-Ranking Phase will take place in the AIBA Boxing Academy in the Almaty region, Kazakhstan, on September 17.
APB Boxers will get together for the first time at the AIBA Boxing Academy on September 14-17 to take part in a number of workshops on different aspects of the upcoming competition. The gatherings busy three-day schedule includes video and photo shoot sessions, competitions presentations and media training.
The draw will follow the grand opening of the AIBA Boxing Academy which will take place at 12.00 (local time) on September 17.
This momentous occasion will be attended by the President of the Kazakhstan, Mr Nursultan Nazarbaev, the AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, the President of the Kazakh Boxing Federation Mr Timur Kulibaev and high-ranking members of sports embassies, local authorities and media representatives.
Lausanne, September 5, 2014 – Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), announced this week that he will run in the AIBA Presidency election once again for the upcoming new term.
After spending the last eight years at helm of AIBA, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu expressed his gratitude to all the AIBA Family for the support in moving the organization forward in achievements since the 2010 AIBA Congress held in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
In the official letter to the AIBA National Member Federations, Dr Ching-Kuo Wu said: “I am greatly proud of what was achieved in the last 4 years together with you. As a true team, we progressed together on all projects and accomplished all objectives which were set at the 2010 AIBA Congress. These achievements would indeed not have been possible without your faithful trust and love for our sport.”
This October will see the launch of the revolutionary AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) Competition marking the commencement of another historical phase for the organization and sport. APB is poised to elevate the status of boxing and therefore benefit boxers and aspiring young pugilists.
APB Heavyweight Clemente Russo: "I will throw myself wholeheartedly into this exciting adventure"
Lausanne, August 28, 2014 – AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) has announced the crop of hard-hitting Heavyweights looking to send shockwaves through the 91kg category with heavy handed champions and international stars all striving to snatch a place in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Among the ranks of elite athletes looking to pave their way to Rio there is suave Italian superstar and two-time Heavyweight World Champion, Clemente Russo, who has voiced his enthusiasm for the tournament and the unique opportunities open to the boxers competing in it.
“I adore AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) for the fact that it allows you to compete as a pro whilst still retaining your Olympic Games eligibility,” said the double Olympic silver medalist. “My goal, for instance, is to take part in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games and to try and get to the very top. I dream about the Olympic gold medal, which is the one missing from my collection.
“I have to move forward and throw myself wholeheartedly into this exciting new adventure in APB. Definitely, I am motivated to perform well in front of the Italian public and those who support me and get an Olympic Games place for Rio 2016.” he added.
Joe Ward: "I'm thankful that AIBA gave me the opportunity to be involved in APB"
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 22, 2014 -The consignment of boxers making up the Light Heavyweight (81kg) category in AIBA Pro Boxing comprises the very best talent in world boxing.
Amongst them is young Irishman Joe Ward, the bronze medalist at the 2013 World Boxing Championships in Almaty, who told us he is ready to ‘rock and roll’ when the competition comes around.
We caught up with the County Westmeath man who explained just why he is looking forward to the start of the competition (http://bit.ly/1tnSIVG).
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 18, 2014 - An exciting group of middleweights will make up the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) 75kg category, with a fantastic field of fighters including international superstars and continental conquerors each looking to grasp that all important Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification place.
Amongst the squadron of elite athletes striving to book their tickets to the Brazilian capital is rugged Romanian and 2011 World Boxing Championships bronze medalist Bogdan Juratoni, who has his sights firmly set on becoming the first ever APB World Champion in the middleweight category.
Juratoni, who also won silver in the 2013 European Boxing Championships in Minsk, said: “AIBA Pro Boxing PB is definitely a good thing. You can be professional at the same time as retaining your Olympic eligibility, so it’s a positive step for the sport.
“I’m ready to compete and my aim is to be the first middleweight World Champion in APB. I was at the London 2012 Olympic Games and it was an incredible experience. For that reason I want to go to Rio, and I believe that APB provides a great opportunity for me to qualify.”
Lausanne, Switzerland, 14 August 2014 - With just under a month to go until the anticipated exhibition match between current WSB Champions Cuba Domadores and WSB Champions of Season III Astana Arlans Kazakhstan, we are proud to announce the full lineups from each franchise that will showcase their skills at the Daulet Sporting Complex in Astana.
The match, which will act as a precursor to the eagerly awaited Season V, will be held over two dates on September 9 and 10 and comprise five fights on each night, identical to the format of a WSB regular season match.
Cuba Domadores will be looking to prove just why they are the reigning WSB champions whilst the Arlans will try to show their home fans that they are capable of recovering the champions crown next season.
Such a celebration of the heart and sportsmanship in boxing, conveyed through the cherished values of the WSB, surely will make for an unforgettable night of boxing entertainment.
Austrian APB Welterweight Marcos Nader. "There is no offer similar to APB in the boxing world today"
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 12, 2014 - A wonderfully talented squad of welterweight boxers will make up the AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) 69kg category with multiple champions, former Olympians and well-established professionals confirmed to take part.
Amongst the star-studded pack of boxers in the division is the former European Union title holder in the pro ranks Marcos Nader, who is widely regarded as the most successful Austrian boxer of this era, and who will carry the expectations of a whole nation when he steps into the ring at APB. His eyes are firmly set on qualification for Rio 2016, where he will have the chance to create history and secure boxing success for Austria at the Olympic Games.
Lausanne, August 6 2014 - AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) has announced the light welterweight category for the upcoming APB competition, confirming a stellar line-up of established professionals, Olympians and international multi-medallists (http://bit.ly/1ocAaHi).
The Olympic bronze medallist, prodigal Lithuanian Evaldas Petrauskas who rocked last season in the WSB Ukraine Otamans team, will be one of the boxers to make up a deeply talented field of fighters at 64kg.
Speaking ahead of the APB competition, Petrauskas said: “This competition format is really unique. Finally AIBA has offered boxers the optimal way to become pro within the APB gradual competition structure. For the first time in the history of boxing we have the chance to make the step up from three round competitions to six, eight and then 10 rounds, but not jump all of sudden to 12 round fights. This process is extremely difficult and not all boxers hoping to turn professional managed to adapt to it and develop their career. I find AIBA’s innovative process to turn pro a really good move for boxers and boxing in general.”
AIBA President: 'Commonwealth Games 2014 Success Underlines Progress We're Making'
Glasgow, August 4 2014 - The boxing competition of the 2014 Commonwealth Games ended in Glasgow showcasing the excitement and underlining the progress being made by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
HRH the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry were among the thousands who packed out the SECC Arena during the Games where 13 gold medals were being contested.
The AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who has taken part in the Commonwealth Games and made the boxing competition such a great spectacle.”
“Nothing provokes more pride than to see how these competitions have captured the imagination of sports fans and even members of the British Royal family. Commonwealth Games 2014 success underlines progress AIBA as the governing body for the world of boxing is making”
Among those to emerge victorious were the popular London 2012 gold medallist Nicola Adams, who beat Northern Ireland’s Michaela Walsh in the flyweight final and the AIBA President believes the Women’s Boxing competition has built on its success at London 2012 to confirm its importance on the world stage.
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 31, 2014 - AIBA Pro Boxing’s (APB) 60Kg category of lightweight boxers truly attests to the notion that the groundbreaking and innovative new tournament brings together the premier performers in the world of boxing.
The APB lightweight 60Kg division is a stunning collection of proven, hungry champions vying for Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification.
This pack will feature the dazzling skills of Italy's 2009 World Champion Domenico Valentino who is universally recognized as one of the greatest talents of his generation.
We managed to speak to Domenico this week to gain his thoughts on his new career path.
Domenico, what has attracted you most in the APB competition?
"The opportunity to turn pro while retaining my Olympic eligibility and get a chance to compete for an Olympic Gold medal is what drew me to APB."
Two-time world champion boxer, Amir Khan, has been soaking up the atmosphere at Glasgow 2014 on the eve of a weekend which will see 13 new boxing champions crowned.
And, for the first time ever at a Commonwealth Games, some of those going for Gold will be women including Olympic champion Nicola Adams and Northern Ireland hopeful Michaela Walsh.
The stage will be set at the SSE Hydro for a thrilling competition with the Home Nations in strong position for medal glory. The men will compete across three rounds of three minutes and the women will compete across four rounds of two minutes each.
Scotland is guaranteed at least five boxing medals, with Josh Taylor, Reece McFadden and Charlie Flynn among those guaranteed at least a bronze. Teenage flyweight McFadden has taken the Games by storm, having surprisingly beaten world amateur number one Andrew Selby and later Charlie Edwards, to set up an exciting semi-final fight.
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 25, 2014 - The International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) ground-breaking new competition – AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) – will start on October 24 2014.
Today, AIBA is proud to announce the field in the Bantamweight division.
The illustrious field, which consists of Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, AIBA World Boxing Championships, Asian Games, South American Games and European Championship medalists, is led by the runner-up from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Khedafi Djelkhir. The 30-year-old French boxer of Algerian origin is undefeated in 16 professional bouts, 12 of which coming by way of knockout.
“It is extremely difficult to have a career plan in professional boxing.In my past experience I was tired not having a scheduled fight and I was therefore delighted when I heard that AIBA was launching a Pro Boxing competition,” explained Djelkhir when asked what had attracted him to AIBA Pro Boxing.
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 24, 2014 - The International Boxing Association (AIBA) is delighted to announce the key decisions of the 2014 – 2015 AIBA Executive Committee following its annual meeting held from July 15 until July 18 in Istanbul, Turkey.
The AIBA Executive Committee (EC) discussed and approved the following matters:
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 21, 2014 - AIBA Pro Boxing has announced some of the best boxing talent in the world will be competing in its revolutionary new tournament.
The Flyweight division (52kg) is no different, with a vast array of exciting boxing prowess from around the world on show. Athletes will be looking to achieve APB glory and ultimately qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
This division will feature current World Champion and global star Mikhail Aloian, who also won the bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Joining the Russian will be Italian international Vincenzo Picardi, who won medals at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, as well as Uzbekistan’s Jasurbek Latipov, who won the silver medal at the 2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships in Almaty.
Winning Cities to Host All AIBA Major Competitions for 2015 and 2016 were selected
Istanbul, Turkey, July 17, 2014 - The International Boxing Association (AIBA) is pleased to announce the results of the bidding for AIBA’s major competitions to be held in 2015 and 2016, as well as for the Olympic Qualifying Events for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The host cities were selected by the AIBA Executive Committee Members in a secret ballot on July 17th during their meeting currently being held in Istanbul, Turkey.
The Executive Committee Members selected the following Host Cities, further to the bid presentations made by all candidates yesterday:
Istanbul, Turkey, July 17, 2014 - The Chairman of WSB Board and the President of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, has awarded the World Series of Boxing Season IV Champions The Cuban Domadores, and second place Azerbaijan Baku Fires with the prize money for their successful performances in the most recent WSB Season IV, completed on June 7th.
Two checks were presented in a ceremony held at the 2014/15 AIBA Executive Committee (EC) Meeting, which is currently taking place in the city of Istanbul, Turkey.
Mr Alberto Puig, the President of the Cuban Boxing Federation, received the prize of a $500,000(USD) check.
Additionally, Mr Suleyman Mikhaylov, the Vice-President of the Boxing Federation of Azerbaijan, received a $100,000(USD) check for the Baku Fires Franchise as the runner-up of the WSB Season IV Finals