Newsletter EUBC by President Franco Falcinelli – January/February 2018

06 February 2018 News

Dear Boxing Friends,

I hope that, throughout the 2018, European Boxing Federations will continue to have the will to work together, enhancing not only their own national boxing activities but also improve all European boxing.

Our strength is based on the values of loyalty, union and compliance with the rules; elements that characterize also our athletes.

2018 opens with two International tournaments, in Serbia and Russia:

  • January 9/ January 15- 7th Nations Cup- Women’s (Sombor-Serbia)
  • January 12/ January 17 – International Youth Tournament (Komsomolsk-na-Amure- Russia)

Especially important is EUBC Under 22 Boxing Championships 2018 which will take place in Targu Jiu (Romania) from March 24th until April 2nd, 2018, where will participate best male and female boxers.


New venue in Targu Jiu for EUBC Under 22 Boxing Championships (March 24th – April 2nd, 2018)

With 2 month before the EUBC Under 22 Boxing Championships, the new venue is almost ready. The Vice Mayor of Targu Jiu, Aurel Popescu, together with the Local Organizing Committee members Catalin Udubasa and Catalin Braila and the Secretary General of the Romanian Boxing Federation, Viorel Sima had a meeting with the constructor and the new Venue will be ready by February 15. This Venue will host the Romanian Under 22 Boxing Championships from February 26 to March 3, which will also serve as a test event before the EUBC Championships.
The Mayor, Marcel Romanescu, promised to offer a strong help to the LOC, because President Vasile Citea declared that EUBC Under 22 Boxing Championships 2018 will be the best tournament organized in Romania ever.


Dear Boxing Friends,

I want to express my deepest appreciation to Mr. Umar Kremlev General Secretary of Russian Boxing Federation for having organized this great and historic initiative.

To put around the same table the various souls of boxing was not easy.

Unfortunately, boxing is the only sport, among the oldest and most popular sports, which has one body, one soul and many heads.

           Boxing is like a HYDRA, the mythological monster with many heads (from three to nine and more, which were reborn if cut).

Today there is not any Hercules that can kill this sporting creature.

For this reason, we are grateful to Mr. Umar Kremlev and RBF for their great effort and determination to promote this Global Boxing Forum in order to start a new and productive dialogue between the pillars of boxing movement worldwide.

I am sure that with our goodwill, our common passion and love for boxing, we can start all together to elaborate a new strategy to ensure the better and bright future to our sport in the respective fields of activity.

AIBA, under the new Leadership of Mr. Gafour Rakhimov, will continue to lead the Olympic Boxing movement without any interferences with Pro Boxing that will continue to be led by WBC President Mr. Mauricio Suleiman, WBA President Mr. Gilberto Mendoza, IBF President Mr. Daryl Peopls   and WBO Mr. Francisco Varcancel.

The body and the soul of Hydra Boxing belong to all of us and is a common legacy.

  • Boxers • Coaches •       Boxing Clubs
  • National Boxing Federations that manage boxing in 202 Countries
  • Managers • Promoters •   Referees and Judges  
  • Supervisors, ringside doctors, physiotherapist, cutmen….

All of the mentioned specialists are involved in Olympic style and professional boxing.

Thanks to them: AIBA, WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO can exercise their mission, promote and organize all Olympic events, Continental and World Pro Boxing Titles.

Since Boxing is only one sport, the crisis, the misleading, mismanagement, wrongdoings that hit AIBA in the last year involved all Boxing Family. Like   when happens something bad in the Pro environment.

The public opinion doesn’t make the difference between Amateur and professional: it is boxing that is being impacted, all boxing family is involved.

Therefore, dear President of the main Pro Organizations, dear Promoters, dear President of NFs we have to talk like Members of the same family.

For these reasons we must fight all together like Members of the same sport to face all difficulties we meet in our path. One of the biggest issues is the loss of CREDIBILITY.

The loss of credibility forced us to suffer a drastic reduction in the attention of our fans, media and Global Sport Market

The recent results of boxing market analysis and survey show clear needs which can be met by providing the following:

  • Free from corruption and transparent Judging
  • The fragmentation of Pro Organizations
  • Clear and comprehensive Ranking System
  • Too many Weight Classes and too many Titles, but who is the “real champion”?
  • Transparent structure of competition and organization
  • Authentic and exciting fight format which values boxing skills
  • Transparent contracts between Boxers and Promoters
  • The best fighters fighting at the Olympics
  • Top fighters guaranteed to fight each other regularly

Regarding Marketing

Professional boxing is one of the most popular spectator sports in the world.

Fans of boxing are looking for a solution to return boxing to a mainstream position. Current promoters are not always delivering on these needs.

There is a large and growing sport market worldwide. The sport market is worth around 130 billion USD, but the current Global Boxing Market is worth approx. 2 billion USD and its position in the Global Sports Event Market comes after Soccer, USA Football, Baseball, Formula 1, Basketball, Hockey, Tennis, Golf.

Based on current format and quality, Boxing is a marginal media product, with low appeal for most TV networks, driven purely by star power of a very few boxers.

UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) is growing up in Media Rights, Sponsorships, Gate Revenue and Merchandising, but its PPV has been decreasing by 30%

To increase and regain the large slice of sport market which in the recent past belonged to us we must restore credibility to our Boxing events at all level. WE must make them comprehensive and fair.

I would like to say that the Boxing World appreciates very much a tournament like World Boxing Super Series. Like all, I am personally excited to learn who the second finalist will be tomorrow here in Sochi. This is the true way to determine the real World Champion in each weight category.

Olympic Boxing has to learn from Pro Boxing Promoters to organize   boxing entertainment, better competition venues and involve the young generation’s interest, launching special attractions and local talents.

But with the example of World Boxing Super Series we can see that Professional Promoters can also learn from AIBA in regard to the competition format. Perhaps, promoters should also pay attention to our World Series of Boxing

AIBA, a few years ago, introduced a great opportunity   to pursue the path of professionalism with an excellent new boxing format: the WSB. A new format of Team Boxing, which can serve as a real bridge between Olympic and professional boxing.

The introduction of pro boxers in WSB will boost the viewing performance and many franchises are cooperating with Boxing Promoters already.

We have also opened up the opportunity for current pro boxers to fight in WSB competitions. We need to elevate the competition level of the WSB bouts and we would like to cooperate with your Organizations, your Promoters. We encourage the best pro boxers to fight in 5 rounds, representing one of the franchises.

Furthermore, I would like to put at your attention another important consideration in order to create only one boxing family.

Our Boxing Clubs, our Coaches, our NFs invest a lot of money and capacities to train, to promote, to organize, to discover new talent and to create future stars of the ring. How many Olympic   medalists in O.G. or in Continental or W.C went to Prof?

The large majority sign Pro contracts and then thanks to the great ability of your Managers and Promoters, gain Continental or World Titles.

Why Pro Boxing didn’t clearly recognize a contribution of the Clubs and NFs to the formation of Boxers?

It is an unquestionable fact that Amateur and Olympic Boxing is the main source of pro boxing.

Most elite Amateur boxers look to turn pro at a relatively early stage to meet economic needs.

Many others due to lack of career opportunities in amateur boxing are willing to turn pro.

Unfortunately, at the end of their Pro and Olympic career many athletes face financial and social hardship.

This image is devastating for the promotion of boxing at a youth level! We all, as governing bodies, have to pay more attention to this issue and accept more social responsibility for our boxers.

Other important aspect that we have to face, improve and cooperate is the health integrity. In Olympic Boxing we are very strict. Health protection is the priority!!

We can continue to give great support in the formation of   qualified Coaches, R&Js, Doctors and Physios. Boxers need good assistance not only during the fight, but also during the hard training.

No more “punch drunk”, no more drugs, no more substitution of opponents in the last moment, no more drastic and dangerous drop in weight to fight in the lower category.

One more common project that I would to start speaking about is the LAUNCH OF BOXING CHANNEL

Starting with a common platform we could, as already do other sports, broadcast live, delayed, on-demand boxing content to our common audience. We can do it without countering the negotiation for direct TV, and provide easy access to major AIBA Tournaments as well as all the Pro fights, to our millions of fans all over the world.

New technology provides great opportunities for our cooperation in the field of TV and Internet. Like the IOC does it with the Olympic Channel, we can do it in boxing to keep fans excited about our sport all year long.

To conclude, I would like to bring the example of the Russian Boxing Federation to your attention.

It shows that one National Federation can successfully manage AIBA and Professional Boxing without any conflict at all.

Dear Presidents, we can collaborate to achieve more for our sport without substantial disagreements.

I am glad to be here today with you at this Global Boxing Forum to start a new era of solidarity in boxing!                                    


  • 9/15 January 2018 – 7th Nations Cup – Women’s (Elite W, Junior W, Youth W- Sombor, Serbia)
  • 12/17 Janaury 2018 – International Youth Tournament (Youth M- Komsomolsk-na-Amure, Russia)


  • 06/11 February – 62th “Bocskai István Memorial” International Boxing Tournament (Debrecen-Hungary);
  • 18/26 February       – 69th International Boxing Tournament “Strandja” (Sofia- Bulgaria)
  • 20/24 February       – ХХII opened regional boxing tournament among youth of 2000 – 2001 of birth For prizes of Alexey Yukov – absolute champion of the USSR (Gomel, Belarusian)
  • 23/25 February – International Youth Boxing Tournament “Montenegro Boxing Cup” (Bar, Montenegro)



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