“Four years ago when WSB was launched twelve teams were part of the competition. Now we have seen it grow to 16 teams for Season V and I hope that in 2016 we will have even more franchises joining. WSB is a unique team boxing competition which has had a tremendous success among athletes and fans,” said AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu.
Karim Bouzidi, WSB Chief Executive Director added: “The intention of the Draft is to help make sure the competition is evenly contested and the quality of its matches is of the highest standard. The Draft gives WSB franchises the opportunity to pick up some of the best boxers in the world. I am very excited to see how the quantity of drafts is growing and the Franchises are using this opportunity to strengthen their teams. I truly believe that we are changing the face of WSB and boxing all around the world.”
The Foreign Boxer Draft for the upcoming Season was represented by 235 World Top Boxers including Commonwealth, Asian Games and European Champions as well as Olympic, World and Continental medal winners coming from 53 different countries and 5 continents.