Lausanne – Switzerland, May 17, 2013: Just a few hours after the wrap-up of the third and most impressive World Series of Boxing (WSB) season to date, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) was pleased to launch an exciting Social Media campaign named APB “Boxer of the Week”, designed to unveil step by step the entire APB boxers’ roster.
The APB “Boxer of the Week” campaign was launched on Monday 13 May with Welsh Wonder Andrew Selby. Fans of the WSB “British Lionhearts” celebrity had the opportunity to learn more about him through the AIBA Pro Boxing Official Facebook (facebook.com/APB.Boxing) page and the APB Twitter (@APB_Boxing) account. The main goal of the campaign is to let boxing fans interact with their favourite athletes and let them discover details of the upcoming top-class AIBA Pro Boxing competition.
Answering the questions of his fans, Andrew Selby confessed: “My goal is to become APB World Champion. APB gives me the chance to box professionally, whilst remaining on the GB Team and hopefully represent Britain in the next Olympic Games.”
AIBA is now determined to bring to life the most exciting project in the history of our sport – AIBA Pro Boxing (APB). According to AIBA President and APB Board Chairman Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, the organisation designed this proposal to satisfy a demand from boxers themselves. “We are convinced that it is the right time to provide something different for our top boxers. With APB, we will revolutionize the world of boxing and establish a blueprint for its development. Finally our athletes won’t have to jump into the unknown while embracing a professional career”.
With APB, the World’s best boxers will now be able to turn Pro without taking risks, as within APB they will remain under the patronage of their National Federation and therefore AIBA throughout their entire careers. Moreover they will compete professionally in an innovative competition structure under a transparent ranking system, and still retain their Olympic eligibility. Each signed boxer will have a guaranteed number of bouts at an agreed purse, equal career chances and a fair remuneration package. Boxers will be able to maximize their training programs and fight schedule through the year with regular match calendar.
With an obvious and transparent competition structure, based only on their performance, a doubtless development path, protection and financial stability, APB is the best ever existing proposal for boxers worldwide. This is confirmed by the impressive APB boxers’ roster with the best AIBA Open Boxing (AOB) and WSB athletes and a selection of Pro boxers from around the world.
Whilst the APB competition will officially kick-off in January 2014, a number of exhibition bouts will be organized in the next weeks all around the World. More details to be revealed on Tuesday 21 May. —- AIBA