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A week-long series of meetings between AIBA and Boxing Scotland begins today, 22 May, as the country looks to build on its recent successes and develop a new generation of boxing heroes. Following the team’s two golds at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Scotland’s first ever Youth World Championship gold in Saint Petersburg six months ago, Scottish boxing is enjoying a new surge in popularity and providing fresh opportunities for a new generation of champions.

“I am very pleased to come and witness for myself the current dynamic growth around Scottish boxing and the valuable programmes which the National Federation is initiating for the benefit of all boxers. During my visit, I will extensively assess and propose AIBA assistance in all matters that can contribute to even greater success for Scottish boxing in the ring and at grassroots level,” said AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu.

Taking place in Edinburgh and Glasgow, the visit will include strategic talks, a black tie dinner featuring boxing showcase matches between rising English and Scottish talents and tours of some of the country’s leading boxing facilities. Boxing Scotland’s own cutting-edge High Performance Centre in Bridgeton will see the HeadsUp programme make a donation of equipment, and a European Championships training camp will also be visited.

“This is a very important and significant event in promoting Scottish boxing and its wider sporting achievements, particularly as we look to fresh successes next year at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games,” said Boxing Scotland Chairman John Macpherson. “We are honoured and excited to welcome Dr Wu and his delegation, and believe there is a real opportunity here to invest in the future, both on a Scottish and global level. As mutual governing bodies with common aims, we share an unswerving belief in the power of boxing to transform lives, and hope to identify strategies that will assist in advancing the sport in Scotland and further afield.”