In a latest development, Boxing India (The bout outside the ring) has stated that the body has got recognition from the world body AIBA and will soon hold elections. The epithet “The bout outside the ring” was added to differentiate it from another body which had also wanted to represent Indian boxing, which had gone with the title Boxing India too.
AIBA had earlier approved the application of Boxing India (The Bout outside the Ring) as provisional new AIBA member from India, until the body is ratified by the AIBA Congress and the AIBA Evaluation Committee. The new group is led by Sandeep Jajodia, CMD, Monnet Ispat Limited —one of the past sponsors of IBF — and Udit Sheth (WSB rights holder for India) and has the support of Jay Kohli, the president of Maharashtra Boxing Association. The group had sent their application to AIBA before April 28 last month and also gave a presentation to the world body.
“We are looking forward to forming a new federation by holding a free and fair elections and adopting the new constitution,” said Jajodia in a statement.
Maharashtra Boxing Association (MHA) was one of the units which had not joined the Abhishek Matoria-led faction or the PKM Raja-led Boxing India group. Udit Sheth, who had bid for the World Series of Boxing franchise in India three years ago, had also come in contact with MHA president Jay Kohli and decided to apply after the AIBA suspended the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) in March earlier this year. “I am glad that AIBA has shown faith in us. These efforts will help us revive the WSB franchise in India and create an impact at the world stage,” said Udit Sheth.
Meanwhile, Kishen Narsi, India’s representative at the AIBA, expressed his happiness over the development. “The news is very heartening for all the stakeholders of boxing. I am looking forward to an early formation of a new boxing federation duly supported by IOA and recognised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports,” said Narsi.
The new group needs to hold its elections in the coming months and it will be interesting to see whether the state units will support them or if they decide to form new state units. “We understand that the elections are time-bound and the sooner it happens, the better it is,” said an official from Boxing India (The bout outside the ring).