Amateur | Issue | Premium | Sep 09 2019

The new World championships

Boxing at the World championships starts Monday. John Dennen spoke to Frazer Clarke and the McCormack twins as they prepared to descend on Russia for the tournament
World championships
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THE 2019 AIBA men’s World championships are set to begin in Ekaterinburg, Russia, running from September 8-21.

Given the upheaval in amateur boxing, with AIBA, the world governing body, being stripped of the right to administer the Olympic Games, this tournament will no longer be a qualification event for Tokyo 2020. It will however be the first major championship to take place at the new Olympic weight classes, with eight divisions rather than 10. Light-flyweight no longer exists. Bantamweight becomes featherweight, 57kgs. Lightweight will become 63kgs with the light-welter division also being expunged.

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