altAUGUST 18 - WOMEN'S boxing could be introduced at the 2012 Olympics in London after the International Boxing Association (AIBA) confirmed it would press for its introduction, as first reported on insidethegames nearly two years ago.


AIBA president Wu Ching-Kuo said: "We will make a proposal and submit it to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).


"Boxing is the only sport in the Olympic programme without women and we believe we are ready."


The AIBA was expecting a decision by December, said Joyce Bowen, who chairs the ruling body's women's commission.


Bowen said: "Women's boxing's time has been there for a while and we believe 2012 is a great opportunity.


"We are confident."


There would be 11 weight classes, like in men's boxing, and the bouts would held over four two-minute rounds, she said, with existing world and continental championships used as qualifiers.


AIBA women's commission vice-chairwoman Bettan Andersson said she believed having women's boxing at Olympics would help improve the overall image of the sport.


She said: "If women come in, people will feel the sport is more common, not so dangerous, and that would be a very good thing for the image of boxing."