Aiba names hosts for World Championships qualifiers

The International Boxing Association (Aiba) has announced the hosts of the five qualification tournaments for its showpiece World Championships event, which will be held in Hamburg later this year.

The 2017 World Championships will take place at the German city’s Sporthalle venue from August 25 to September 3. Five events, to be held between May and June, will serve as the only direct qualification route to the World Championships.

The first qualification event, the ASBC Asian Championships, will take place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from April 30 to May 7. The Congolese capital of Brazzaville will then host the AFBC African Championships from May 27 to June 4.

Tegucigalpa in Honduras will host the AMBC Championship from June 10-18, before the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv stages the EUBC European Championships from June 16-24. Gold Coast, Australia will stage the fifth and final qualifying event, the OCBC Oceania Championships, from June 26-29.

“By becoming the sole qualification route for Hamburg, the importance of these continental competitions has increased dramatically, giving each region’s boxers the opportunity to prove themselves against the very best and reach the World Championships,” Aiba president Ching-Kuo Wu said.

“We have five unique venues for the qualifiers, including a first Aiba event in Honduras, and we look forward to working with the LOCs to deliver five first-class showcases of elite men’s boxing that will give our athletes the best platform on which to pursue their dreams of gold.”

Hamburg was confirmed as the host of this year’s World Championships in October 2015. The city saw off competition from Tashkent and the Russian city of Sochi to land the event, which is held on a biennial basis. The 2015 event took place in Doha, Qatar.