World championships are the premier event in any kind of sports and it governing bodies of every sport make every effort for its smooth conduction and try to make it a grand event as much as they can. International boxing association which is the governing body of the game boxing is also trying their level best to make the event more interesting and competitive.
As said earlier it is the premier most events in the sport and it will be held every two years once. Apart from the Olympics this is the event where we can see the top boxers’ competition each other for the medal.
History of AIBA World Boxing Championships
The world championships are organized in order to showcase the presence of the sport and it serves as the important tool to promote the sport to unpopular areas of the world. Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur, decided to conduct the AIBA World Boxing Championships for both men and women in 1974 and the inaugural edition of the world championships was held at Havana Cuba in 1974.
It was held only for men’s and first-ever women’s world championships were introduced in the year 2001. Since then both men and women categories were held together until 2006. After that AIBA decided to conduct the events separately in alternate years.
The men’s world championship will be held under 11 different categories over the years. Like other competitions, AIBA world champions are also undergone major changes according to the demands of the modern era. The participation lists are also gone through several heights and it reached the new heights recently. Boxing has made deep in roots in many countries over the years and it clearly impacted the number of nations participating in the event.
Cuba, Russia and United States are the most successful nations in the tournament but India and China are emerging as the new superpowers in recent years. Cuban boxing legend Felix Savon is the most successful boxer in world boxing championships by winning 6 gold medals Almost 19 editions of the AIBA World Boxing Championships have been completed over the years.
AIBA World Boxing Championships 2019
The 20th edition of the AIBA World Boxing Championship is scheduled to take part in the city of Sochi Russia next year. After the resounding success and overwhelming popularity, this event will be the biggest event in the history of the world championships. Around 150 athletes from 32 nations are expected to take part in the event under various disciplines.
The event will be held 10 different disciplines and it will be the rehearsal for the Olympic event which is also considered as the major event. Top boxers across the globe are expected to participate in the tournament and Russia is traditionally famous for boxing hence the event will witness the highest number of attendance.
List of Categories
AIBA world champions for men will be conducted under 10 categories that are listed below:
- 46-49 kg (light flyweight)
- 52 kg (flyweight)
- 56 kg (bantamweight)
- 60 kg (lightweight)
- 64 kg (light welterweight)
- 69 kg (welter weight)
- 75 kg (middleweight)
- 81 kg (light heavyweight)
- 91 kg (heavyweight)
- 91 kg (super heavyweight)
As both Women’s and Men’s Championships getting popularity it is evident that the sport is getting a much-needed boost from the audience across. Hope next year’s edition will be a grand success and continues to make an impact over the years.