International Boxing Day takes place every year on August 27. 

The date ties in with the first edition of the International Boxing Federation (IBA) World Championships, which were held in Havana, Cuba in 1974.

The competition was held between August 17 and August 30 with 11 champions crowned and the host country topping the medal table.

International Boxing Day first took place in 2017. After that, fans, athletes and stakeholders alike were encouraged to come together to celebrate boxing every year on July 22. 

The new August 27 date was confirmed in July 2021.

International Boxing Day previously took place on July 22 every year, but has now been moved to August 27. The main 2022 celebrations will be in Kinshasa ©IBA
International Boxing Day previously took place on July 22 every year, but has now been moved to August 27. The main 2022 celebrations will be in Kinshasa ©IBA

Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is set to host the main celebrations for International Boxing Day in 2022.

The IBA has billed 2022 as the "Year of Africa" and has decided to take celebrations for the day to the continent.

"I am excited to visit DR Congo on such a significant day of the year," said IBA President Umar Kremlev.

"This celebration will inspire the young generation to start doing boxing and take the best from our sport.

"We can see many stories of success of African boxers, and I want to emphasise that with hard work, many of the athletes from the continent will be able to become successful.

"Our goal is to create conditions for everybody to practice boxing all around the world."

IBD celebrations in Kinshasa are set to include a public training session featuring notable names from the continent, as well as social activities.

In 2021, the celebrations were held in Belgrade, Serbia, and included an open workout featuring world champion Roy Jones Jr of the United States and German national champion Zeina Nassar.

A mass boxing training session took place for the first International Boxing Day in 2017 ©Getty Images
A mass boxing training session took place for the first International Boxing Day in 2017 ©Getty Images

Russia has hosted a number of significant events to celebrate International Boxing Day. 

The first year of celebration saw a mass boxing training session held in the iconic Red Square in Moscow, attended by around 3,000 people. 

In 2018, teams from Russia and Germany participated in an exciting and competitive boxing show. 

In 2019, another spectacular celebration was held at Red Square.

More than 40,000 young athletes performed for an enthusiastic audience, who were then treated to a series of high-level bouts featuring the likes of Fedor Chudinov, Magomed Madiev and Islam Edisultano.

A cultural programme also took place alongside the boxing action. 

Among the performers was Jones Jr, the former middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight world champion. 

The 2021 celebrations centered on Belgrade ©IBA
The 2021 celebrations centered on Belgrade ©IBA

In 2020, more than one million people tuned in to a show celebrating International Boxing Day which was broadcast by the Russian Boxing Federation on VK

In lieu of an event in Red Square, which was not possible because of the coronavirus pandemic, the seven-hour broadcast featured interviews with officials and boxers, musical performances and boxing highlights. 

Artur Beterbiev, the IBA's light-heavyweight world champion in 2009, was among those to contact the programme.