After a 4 month-long journey of pre-ranking matches with all 10 Inaugural Champions in place, the AIBA Pro Boxing is now poised to launch its Regular Cycles.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced today that the first match of Cycle I will be held on May 29th.
In each weight category, 8 boxers will go through 2 rounds of preliminaries in order to produce the Challenger whom the Champion will face at his Defending Title Match.
Each Cycle of the APB lasts approximately five months and consists of two ranking rounds followed by one Title Match.
There will be two APB Cycles every year, each with Title Matches in all 10 weight categories.
Due to the high demand from potential host cities, AIBA has launched a bidding process to select the host cities of the 2015 Cycle I and Cycle II as below:
SCHEDULE OF 2015 CYCLE I
May 29/30, 2015
July 10/11, 2015
September 11/12, 2015
June 5/6, 2015
July 17/18, 2015
September 18/19, 2015
(*) Cycle I Round 2 matches are the Olympic Qualifying Matches
SCHEDULE OF 2015 CYCLE II
October 30/31, 2015
December 11/12, 2015
January 22/23, 2016
November 6/7, 2015
December 17/18, 2015
January 29/30, 2016
The majority of the 10 Inaugural Champions will have a chance to defend their titles at in their home countries except in a few weight categories.
As the 2015 Cycle I forms part of the Olympic Qualification Process for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, with two quota places given in each weight category, both the Champion and the Challenger in the coming Title Matches will automatically qualify for the Olympic Games. Therefore, Round 2 Matches of Cycle I will be the actual Olympic Qualifying Events.
These APB boxers will also be allowed to participate in any AOB Competition, which are related to the Olympic Qualifications.
Additionally, they can also participate in multi-sports Continental Games such as, European Games, All African Games and Pan American Games.