AIBA World Boxing Championships
The biennial AIBA World Boxing Championships is the signature event on the world governing body’s calendar and was first held in Cuba’s capital Havana in 1974. Athletes compete in the 10 official weight categories in accordance with the AIBA technical rules and AIBA Open Boxing competition rules as they bid to claim the ultimate glory of becoming a world champion. The number of weight categories was reduced from 12 to 11 in 2003 with the removal of the light middleweight division. In 2011, the weight categories went down to 10 with the removal of the featherweight division. After 18 editions, Cuba top the overall medal standings with a haul of 128, including 71 golds, 32 silvers and 25 bronzes. The country won four of the gold medals on offer at the 2015 World Championships in Qatar’s capital Doha, coming out on top in the light flyweight, lightweight, middleweight and light heavyweight divisions.
AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships
The biennial AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships was first held in Scranton in the United States in 2001 and is considered one of the fastest growing competitions in international boxing. After eight editions, Russia top the overall medal standings with 21 golds, eight silvers and 23 bronzes. The country landed three gold medals at the 2014 World Championships in Jeju, South Korea with success in the featherweight, light welterweight and heavyweight divisions.
AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships
The biennial AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships was first held in 2008 in Guadalajara in Mexico. The 2014 edition took place at the Armeec Arena in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia and served as the sole qualifying event for the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games. Male and female boxers aged 17 and 18 were eligible to compete with the former contesting 10 weight categories and the latter three.
AIBA Women’s Youth/Junior World Boxing Championships
The biennial AIBA Women’s Youth/Junior World Boxing Championships was first held in Antalya in Turkey in 2011 and has since taken place in Albena, Bulgaria, in 2013 and Taipei, Taiwan, in 2015. At the most recent edition, boxers aged 15 and 16 were eligible to compete in the 13 junior weight classifications, while those aged 17 and 18 were able to contest the 10 youth weight categories. The Championships form a key part of AIBA’s bid to further develop women’s boxing globally.
AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships
The history of the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships, held every two years, goes back to 2001 when it was first held in Baku in Azerbaijan. It was then known as the AIBA Cadet World Championships. The competition, which took place in St Petersburg in 2015, welcomes international boxers aged 15 and 16 in 13 weight categories. With participation numbers growing each year, the Championships is a premier event on the AIBA competitions calendar.