Games and Amusements Board Chairman Abraham Mitra, International Boxing Federation China President Ruihang Wang and Rejoy International Holdings (Beijing) Co. Ltd. Sr. Vice Pres. Andrew Lu signed a five-year tripartite agreement recently to boost Asian boxing.
The agreement mandates Rejoy Holdings to organize friendly matches, training camps for boxers from China and the Philippines and hold IBF Silk Road Champions Tournaments.
On the other hand, the China IBF will host the matches, camps and the championships.
For its part, the GAB will provide a list of high-level boxers, judges, referees, coaches and trainers that will actively participate.
“Everyone is focused on pushing Asian boxers, specifically from the Belt and Road countries (China and the Philippines), towards global domination of the popular sport. The fights will be run under the Rules and Regulations Governing Professional Boxing sanctioned and agreed upon by the GAB and the IBF,” said Chairman Mitra.
“A type of home-and-away format will be adopted to sharpen boxers’ versatility to fight skillful opponents in diverse environments. The physical demands of training and fighting in extremely different climatic conditions and altitudes than home soil will toughen up our boxers,” he said.
“Fans will love the regular friendlies and championships to be held in both countries. They will enjoy fights by international fighters right in their countries. We know how fans are though. A great number would surely travel to support their countrymen fighting abroad,” Mitra added.
According to Mitra, the signatories were “collectively targetting a future where Asia will collect the most belts in numerous divisions worldwide. If we continue the momentum expected to be generated by this tripartite agreement, boxing matches will once again empty the streets, even stop traffic and crime. All parties will work towards making China & the Philippines the home of boxing greats thru this agreement.”