The APB draw was made at the AIBA Boxing Academy in the Talgar region outside Almaty in Kazakhstan this morning (Irish time). Joyce and Ward, the only two Irish boxers signed to APB, have been in Kazakhstan since last Saturday attending an APB workshop.
The workshop was divided into several modules and covered various aspects of APB, from the competition rules and system to commercial and media matters.
Neither Joyce and Abdrakhmanov or Ward and Ivanov will need any introduction.
Joyce beat the Kazakh, the current Asian champion and a 2013 World Elite bronze medalist, in the Chemistry Cup final in Germany in May and Ward beat Ivanov in the 2011 European Elite final and in the AIBA World Elite Championships last year.
APB is a Pro Boxing competition based on individual rankings and introduced by AIBA to showcase the best features of Pro Boxing. The pre-ranking phase, which will run through to January 31 2015, will identify authentic champions in each weight category.
There are a total of 20 quota places for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on offer to boxers who compete in the APB. The champion and challenger from each category in each of the APB World Champion Titles matches, i.e. the top two ranked boxers, will in turn achieve qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Joyce and Ward will make their APB debuts over six rounds against their respective opponents. Irish head coach Billy Walsh, Zuara Antia, Eddie Bolger and John Conlan will be working their corners.
After a busy weekend at the Ireland v Germany International, Dr Sean Donnelly was again on duty to officiate at the first Championships of the new season.
Dr Donnelly examined 35 male and 3 female boxers on Sunday morning before weighin at the Dockers Social Club Belfast. With the draw completed the weeks boxing shall be as follows:
Tue – 3 quarter finals, in the Dockers ABC
Wed – 6 semi finals , in the Dockers Social Club
Weighi-ns will be required before the Finals, either Thu evening or Friday before the Finals
Fri – 12 Finals, contested at the Dockers Social Club.
See below link for program.
Franco Falcinelli, President of the European Boxing Confedeartion (EUBC), announced this week that he will run for the position of AIBA Vice President (representing Europe), which will become The President of EUBC for the 2014-2018 term.
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Ireland v Germany Dual Youth International
County Antrim Boxing is proud to stage the first International of the new season against a top-drawer German Youth team.
The Irish squad features a host of Belfast and Antrim boxers, all competing for pole position in the National Youth team plus a coveted Irish vest.
The action takes place at Whiterock Leisure Centre, Whiterock Road, Belfast BT12 7RJ:
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The Irish Amateur Boxing Association would like to congratulate Carl Frampton on his World title win.
The classy Belfast fighter, who is managed by former Irish Olympian Barry McGuigan, beat Spain’s Kiko Martinez, the defending IBF super-bantamweight champion, on a unanimous decision at the Titanic Quarter in Belfast last night.
Frampton medalled for Ireland at the inaugural European Schoolboy Championships in Rome in 2003 and at the IABA hosted European Union Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin in 2007.
He also claimed two Irish Elite titles.