HARPAL SINGH BEDI /New Delhi
In an effort to capitalize on the boxing boom, the first ever Pro Boxing India Championship (PBIC) will be conducted in the country in association with Asian Boxing Council, the Asian federation affiliated with World Boxing Council (WBC).
The first edition of the championship, to be promoted by Royal Sports Promotions (RSP), will begin by the third quarter of the year. The event will bring together boxers from across the globe to participate and vie for the title.
At present RSP manages 20 boxers and work closely with 25 other boxers for various associations. They have successfully conducted Pro Boxing matches for men and women in the country.
The company also organized the first ever AIBA Pro Boxing Night in India last year where pugilist Vikas Krishnan earned himself an extra shot at Olympic qualification.
RSP have set out the blueprint for popularizing boxing as a spectator sport and are looking at the Pro Boxing India Championship as the perfect roadmap to revolutionize the sport of boxing in India and globally.
The league format championship will see 8 teams, battling for the title in five weeks of high octane action. The championship will offer a total of 6 winning titles for 6 weight categories.
Speaking about the conceptualization of PBIC, Jai Singh Shekhawat Director Royal Sports Promotions said,“We are here to bring back that anticipation and anxiety among the young boxers with the Pro Boxing India Championship.
PBIC is going to be a game changer for professional boxing in India. It will be our endeavor to focus on the essence of the sport without any compromise and keep the culture and heritage of the sport alive.”
A total of 48 boxers will be seen participating in the inaugural edition of PBIC wherein there would be a total of 32 male pugilists and 16 female pugilists. Each team will have a mix of Indian Origin and International Boxers. A whopping prize money of 6 crores in its inaugural edition will further add to the high voltage competition in the ring.
The championship will be run under the norms of World Boxing Council and the winners of all six categories would be entitled to fight Asian titles.
“India has had a long history with boxing. The country has produced many world champions and Olympic medalists in the sport of boxing. We see a great potential in PBIC to bring talent from across the world in the ring and give professional boxing community a stage to showcase their prowess,” added Mr Kiate Sirigul,Executive Secretary – Asian Boxing Council.