World Series of Boxing

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LA Matadors vs. Moscow Dynamo in Hollywood, CA on 4 December 2011. Both amateur boxers compete without vests or head guards. World Series Boxing Ring.JPG
LA Matadors vs. Moscow Dynamo in Hollywood, CA on 4 December 2011. Both amateur boxers compete without vests or head guards.

The World Series of Boxing or WSB is an international boxing tournament that allows amateur boxers to compete professionally while maintaining amateur status and Olympic eligibility. It is organised by AIBA. It is a team match-up, in many ways similar to other professional sport leagues.

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History

World Series of Boxing had its precursor, International Boxing League, a short-lived U.S. venture established in November 1969, shortly after the first U.S.—Soviet boxing dual, and functioned to 1971. It hosted several exhibition tours of the Soviet boxing team across the United States, in cities, where IBL teams were located. Bill Daniels was the boss of the league. The league folded due to financial reasons for amateur boxing wasn't profitable in the United States contrary to professional boxing.

Format

Unlike amateur boxing, competitors taking part in sanctioned World Series of Boxing bouts must be bare-chested and are not permitted to wear protective headgear. Each participating boxer is drafted by one of a number of international franchises and can earn money by taking part in professional-style bouts. However, they maintain Olympic and AIBA world championship eligibility and remain eligible to compete at the Olympic Games.

Like professional boxing, each bout is decided by the scores of three judges or, in some cases, by a knockout, technical knockout or walk-over. A WSB meet between two international franchises consists of bouts in ten (formerly five) weight categories. There are five three-minute rounds in each bout and the team that wins the most number of bouts wins the meet. [1]

Weight classes

Until season 4, there were five weight categories which were different than 10 categories in amateur (Olympic) boxing or 17 categories in professional boxing. These were Heavyweight (91+ kg), Light heavyweight (80–85 kg), Middleweight (68–73 kg), Lightweight (57–61 kg) and Bantamweight (50–54 kg). In the fourth season (2013–14), the number of weight classes was increased to ten, and they are same as in amateur (Olympic) boxing.

Teams

Teams played in the WSB: [2] [3]

Results

SeasonTeamsWinnersRunners-upFinal score
2010–11 12 Flag of France.svg Paris United Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Astana Arlans 6–4
2011–12 12 Flag of Italy.svg D&G Milano Thunder Flag of Russia.svg Dynamo Moscow 4–1
2012–13 12 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Astana Arlans Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine Otamans 6–5
2013–14 12 Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba Domadores Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Baku Fires 6–5
2015 16 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Astana Arlans Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba Domadores 6–4
2016 16 Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba Domadores Flag of the United Kingdom.svg British Lionhearts 9–1
2017 12 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Astana Arlans Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba Domadores 6–5
2018 12 Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba Domadores Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Astana Arlans 7–3

Performance by club

Performance in the WSB finals by club
ClubWinnersRunners-upWinning yearsRunners-up years
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Astana Arlans 32
2012–13, 2015, 2017
2010–11, 2018
Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba Domadores 32
2013–14, 2016, 2018
2015, 2017
Flag of France.svg Paris United 10
2010–11
Flag of Italy.svg D&G Milano Thunder 10
2011–12
Flag of Russia.svg Dynamo Moscow 01
2011–12
Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine Otamans 01
2012–13
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Baku Fires 01
2013–14
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg British Lionhearts 01
2016

See also

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