AIBA – Association Internationale de Boxe Amateure
The AIBA (International Boxing Association/Association Internationale de Boxe) is the world association of Olympic boxing. The association was founded in 1946 as the successor organisation to the FIBA (Fédération Internationale de Boxe Amateur) founded in 1920. Currently, 196 national associations and 5 continental associations have joined the world association, including the German Boxing Association.
The aim in the midterm is to establish a separate professional department named AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) under the roof of the AIBA to compete with the established professional associations and, by allowing these professional boxers to participate in the APB, provide them with the possibility to take part in the Olympic Games. This means that amateur and professional boxers would be united under one roof for the first time, enabling them to fight together for Olympic glory.
In the year 2006, the highly controversial 83-year-old Pakistani Anwar Chowdhry was deposed after 20 years as president; his successor and the incumbent president of the world association is the Taiwanese Dr. Chin-Kuo Wu.
The association organises the Olympic boxing competitions and Amateur World Boxing Championships, which take place every two years. In the year 2010, the AIBA set up a new semi-professional league, the World Series of Boxing (WSB) – a global boxing league in which national teams from all over the world compete against one another in what are in the meantime ten weight classes. The WSB, which has been joined by almost 200 associations, unites the best Olympic boxers that represent their respective countries.
AIBA World Boxing Championships:
After the Olympic boxing competitions, the Amateur World Boxing Championships are the most significant competitions in amateur boxing. They are organised by the AIBA. The first World Championships took place in 1974 in the Cuban capital Havana.
Until 1986, the championships were initially staged every four years. The 5th championships took place only three years later, in Moscow in 1989. Since that time, they are staged regularly every two years. The most successful participant to date is the Cuban heavyweight Félix Savón, who has won six gold medals and one silver medal. With 71 gold medals, 32 silver medals and 25 bronze medals, Cuba is by far the most successful participating nation.
German Boxing Association
The German Boxing Association organises and promotes Olympic boxing in Germany. The headquarters and main office of the German Boxing Association are located in Kassel.
Until 2003, the predecessor of the German Boxing Association was the German Amateur Boxing Association. Nowadays, the association is divided into 17 federal state associations with 805 clubs and 73,200 members. It is a member of the European Boxing Confederation (EUBC) and the Association Internationale de Boxe Amateure (AIBA) world association.
The German Boxing Association stages the German Championships and organises the Bundesligas (1 and 2).
Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
With more than 10 million overnight stays per year, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is one of the most popular city travel destinations in Germany, offering a whole host of tourist attractions.
Water is the most distinctive feature of the city. With its world-famous Reeperbahn, Hamburg has some of the keenest sports enthusiasts to be found in any metropolitan area in Europe and the world. Every year, countless athletes visit this city and are cheered on by enthusiastic spectators in the extensively equipped event arenas.
In order to present itself once again as an international metropolitan area with a keen interest in sport and to strengthen the sport of boxing for the future, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg submitted a bid to stage the 2017 World Boxing Championships two years ago. As a general principle, Olympic boxing – and therefore these World Championships – is a major constituent part of popular sport, without which the Hamburg model of combining popular sport and competitive sport would not be possible. Over and above this, by hosting the 2017 World Boxing Championships in Hamburg, the aim is to provide impetus for the development of boxing in the whole of Germany.
Hamburg and boxing already have close traditional links, which is why the 2017 World Boxing Championships are an outstanding supplement to the sports concept of this city. For example, boxing in the boxing basements of the Hamburg Reeperbahn has a long tradition and is becoming increasingly popular among the population of Hamburg. Boxing and its variations are very popular, particularly among young people. By training for many years, children and adolescents develop objectives that they pursue and achieve with discipline and enthusiasm. This gives adolescents the chance to plan their lives independently and take things into their own hands.
The City of Hamburg and the German Boxing Association have made it their task to ensure that the stay of visitors to the AIBA World Boxing Championships is as pleasant as possible and that the positive image of the city is passed on by each individual visitor. Without the financial and organisational support of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg in its function as host city, staging the 2017 World Boxing Championships would be practically inconceivable.
Boxing in Germany
Boxing in Germany can look back on a long tradition and an impressive development. From former heroes such as Max Schmeling and Manfred Wolke, Henry Maske, Markus Beyer, all the way to Arthur Abraham and Felix Sturm, German boxing has consistently produced exceptional athletes. In the national Olympic assessment, Germany holds one of the top places.
German women are also very successful boxers: Regina Halmich, Ina Menzer and Sarah Scheurich are only a few of those who have won titles at international championships.
With very promising talents such as Erik Pfeifer, Artem Harutyunyan or Serge Michel, there remains no doubt that Germany will also assume an important role at championship events in future.
The German spectators’ enthusiasm for boxing can be seen equally at professional and amateur competitions. Here, the City of Hamburg is one of the strongholds of German boxing: it has been able not only to thrill an audience of millions at bouts involving the Klitschko brothers and other professionals but also to demonstrate its suitability as a venue of the APB Boxing Night.
In 1982 and 1995, Germany was the venue for the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Munich and Berlin. Germany has a long tradition in professional and amateur boxing and is able to present a number of significant boxing events in both areas. Alongside the above-mentioned World Championships, this is highlighted in particular by the Chemiepokal in Halle and the Brandenburg Cup for young boxers. Since 1970, amateurs from Australia, China, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Turkey and Uzbekistan have been boxing at the Chemiepokal at the very highest level. The high-ranking field of competitors the last few times the event was hosted has produced numerous world champions and Olympic champions. At the Brandenburg Cup, around 150 young boxers from 20 nations acquire important experience in an international tournament.
In the last few years, Germany has also been a successful partner of the AIBA within the framework of the newly introduced WSB and APB series. This has meant that the City of Hamburg and the Hamburg audience have been able to enjoy the first AIBA competitive bouts in their city.