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Thai boxers invited to contest richest boxing competition in India

Jan 19. 2017
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By The Nation

India will organise the World Boxing League for the first time in history this year, with each winner claiming a huge US$100,000 (around Bt3.5 million) cash prize and those suffering the disappointing first-round exit will take home not less than US$8,000 (around Bt300,000) cash.

Two Indian boxing promoters including Mr Kuldeep Shekhawat visited Pol Gen Kovid Bhakdibhumi, president of the Asian Boxing Council and vice president of the World Boxing Council, at the WBC Asia Headquarters in Bangkok on Thursday to ask for his kind cooperation in fielding Thai boxers in the major competition.

Kuldeep said that the tournament, which is regarded as the richest boxing tournament ever held in India, will feature six divisions including four men's categories. Half of the competitors are Indians, while the remaining will be selected from other countries including Russia, Uzbekistan, the Philippines, Korea, Japan and Thailand,

All boxers will undergo a two-month encampment with all expenses being under the account of eight major sponsors. During the two-month period, boxers will train intensively in preparation for tough competitions each week. Four rounds will be held in the ‏first round, while the league round and finals will be stretched to eight rounds.

However, to make sure that the World Boxing League in India will be a success, the Pro Boxing Night will take place in Bhopal on January 24 to test the organisers' preparation.

Further information and the competition period of the World Boxing League in India will be announced later this year.

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