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WBC combats AIBA “invasion”

Official Statement: WBC President Jose Sulaiman stated that after the recent AIBA (Amateur International Boxing Association) Convention in Baku, Azerbaijan, where two consecutive AIBA world championships have been held, the AIBA is demanding:

1. The disaffiliation of the world’s boxing national commissions from specifically the WBC, WBA, WBO AND IBF.

2. Ordering the signing of exclusive contracts of amateur boxers belonging to their affiliated federations.

3. To allow into the Olympic Games only professional boxers registered in the AIBA.

4. The starting of professional AIBA boxing promotions, all which have been a total failure at least in Korea, Miami and Mexico where boxers were not paid, in addition to several scandals reported by the media.

In addition to the above matters, the news media have reported a scandal in Korea of a professional AIBA show, as well as the important BBC TV media of England, reporting multimillion dollars questioning management of funds, without forgetting the unbelievable and unjust expulsion of Romania, without cause.

WBC President, Jose Sulaiman, and the organization do not mind AIBA becoming one more of the so called alphabet soup organizations, but in such case, the people of boxing would respectfully ask the intervention of the prestigious IOC to investigate AIBA and stop the intended boxing monopoly of AIBA, which appears not to have the best reputation in the world of sports.

AIBA’S questionable administration in amateur boxing and also in their stated objectives might move the world to start a new amateur institution different than AIBA.

That is why we recommend that AIBA should put its house in order before attempting to invade professional boxing.




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