World Series of Boxing Finals moved to Baku

The World Series of Boxing (WSB) 2014 Finals series have been shifted from Ukraine to Baku in Azerbaijan.

The series said that it had accepted an offer from the Azerbaijan Baku Fires franchise to host the event after the Ukraine Otamans franchise withdrew its plan to stage the event due to current political upheaval in the country.

The Finals will take place on June 6-7.

“I am very pleased that we have found a host city at this late stage after Ukraine withdrew its intention to host the Finals,” AIBA president and WSB board chairman Dr Ching-Kuo Wu said. “Baku has already hosted several AIBA and WSB competitions and we are very confident with the Azeri’s franchise’s ability to successfully organise and manage this important event. We sincerely appreciate the kind support expressed by the Azerbaijan Baku Fires in such a difficult situation and we look forward to two exciting nights of world-class boxing.”

WSB also held talks with the Cuba Domadores franchise on the newly-proposed location for the Finals before agreeing the deal with the Azerbaijan Baku Fires. “The Cuban team provided WSB with their positive feedback, emphasising at the same time that they were fully convinced of the capacity of Baku Fires to organise top-level event,” WSB added.