The International Boxing Association (AIBA) is a non-profit international organisation that succeeded the former Fédération Internationale de Boxe Amateur in 1946 and has been led by President Ching-Kuo Wu since 2006. 

AIBA's new competition formats, AIBA Pro Boxing and World Series of Boxing, aim to offer a secure and transparent new career path option for boxers, whereby inspiring youngsters to take up the sport. 

The AIBA Open Boxing competitions are the first step for any boxer who dreams about making a career in boxing.

By defining these competitions "open", AIBA attempts to demonstrate its openness to boxers wishing to represent their country. 

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AIBA Open Boxing

AIBA Open Boxing (AOB), formerly known as amateur or Olympic boxing, remains the main focus within AIBA.

Each year, AIBA sets the maximum number of AOB competitions to be held in any one calendar year at its Executive Committee meeting.

AOB competitions are divided into three levels - one-star, two-star and three-star competitions - depending on the number of boxers participating from different countries and the level of the boxers.

Three-star competitions include World Championships and Youth World Championships for men and women, Junior World Championships for boys and girls and all qualifying competitions for the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games.

Continental multi-sport events such as the Asian Games, All-Africa Games, European Games and Pan American Games also fall under this category, as do any international and confederation competitions with the participation of more than 20 countries and over 150 boxers.

International and confederation competitions with a participation of between 13 and 19 nations and more than 100 boxers are classed as two-star competitions, while those with a participation of between three and 12 countries are considered one-star.

Three-star AOB competitions include World Championships and Youth World Championships for men and women
Three-star AIBA Open Boxing competitions include World Championships and Youth World Championships for men and women ©AIBA

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AIBA Pro Boxing

AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) is the only individual professional boxing competition that allows boxers to compete while retaining their Olympic eligibility.

It is run under the governance of AIBA in partnership with AIBA National Member Federations and showcases 90 of the world’s top-ranked boxers competing in 10 weight classes.

The APB boxers’ roster comprises the best AIBA Open Boxing and World Series of Boxing athletes as well as a selection of professional boxers from across the globe.

Rio 2016 will be the first Olympic Games in history where professional boxers are allowed to compete.

The only route professional boxers can take to qualify for the Games is through the APB competition, which is fully supported by the International Olympic Committee.

APB bouts feature eight and 12 rounds with boxers ultimately competing for the title of APB champion.

APB is the only individual professional boxing competition that allows boxers to compete while retaining their Olympic eligibility
AIBA Pro Boxing is the only individual professional boxing competition that allows boxers to compete while retaining their Olympic eligibility ©AIBA

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World Series of Boxing

World Series of Boxing (WSB) is a unique team boxing competition, which take place across four continents of Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe for six intense months.

A WSB match comprises five bouts, consisting of five rounds of three minutes each, and the team with the most wins claims victory.

Each bout is decided by the scores of three judges or, in some cases, by a knockout, technical knockout or walk-over.

Participating boxers, who compete without vests or headguards, are drafted by international franchises.

During the first four seasons 12 teams competed, but in Season V there were 16 teams. Season VI will also see 16 teams competing for the title of WSB Champions.

A total of 552 bouts and 112 matches were held in Season V, with 17 boxers winning Olympic quota place for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the process.

Following the completion of the regular season, Cuba Domadores and Astana Arlans Kazakhstan clashed in a two-day final in Astana.

Astana Arlans Kazakhstan defeated their rivals to become the first two-time winners of the competition.

In Season VI, Cuba Domadores were crowned as champions after they beat the British Lionhearts 9-1 in the final.

Astana Arlans Kazakhstan are the reigning World Series of Boxing champions
Astana Arlans Kazakhstan are the reigning World Series of Boxing champions ©AIBA

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