first_img“It is the first step towards making India a powerhouse “It is the first step towards making India a powerhouse in pro boxing. We will continue to support IBC with technical guidance and of course being a sanctioning authority as well,” Christodoulou said. “WBA has embraced India and hopefully we will have world championships bouts as well in the future,” he added. The WBAs delegation, which also includes its European Coordinator Mariana Borissova and Medical Commission member Dr John Hartley Fleming, also held a seminar for the IBCs technical officials to prepare them for pro bouts. Apart from the fight card, the IBC also announced a major change to its registration process for boxers wanting to sign up for the pro circuit. The minimum age cap, which was originally set for 23, was lowered to 18. “This has been done to ensure that boxers are clear about what they want in life. Those who want to fight only in the pro circuit deserve to register early and have a shot at perhaps the world titles,” IBC President Brig (retd) P K M Raja said. Christodoulou said India has the potential to produce a world champion. “We hope to open the doors for the conduct of regional and later the world title bouts in India. Given the abundant talent here, I am sure this country can produce a champion,” he said. PTI PM SSC SSClast_img

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