BFI open to accommodating professional boxing

"We have to make room for professional boxing as well. It is important that people who send their children to boxing see a financial future for them," Boxing Federation of India president Ajay Singh said.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Olympian Boxer Shiva Thapa during the inauguration of 1st Elite (Senior) Men’s National Boxing Championship 2016-17 at Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium Saruhozai in Guwahati on Thursday.

Shiva Thapa spars with Assam chief minister during the inauguration of 1st Elite (Senior) Men’s National Boxing Championship 2016-17 at Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium Saruhozai in Guwahati on Thursday.   -  PTI

The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has said that it is open to accommodate professional boxers.

Addressing a press conference on the inaugural day of the National boxing championship, BFI president Ajay Singh said, “It is important that we focus on own championships and make sure we have a pool of boxers who are ready to go forward in international competitions. We have to make room for professional boxing as well. It is important that people who send their children to boxing see a financial future for them.

“Of course, people fight for glory of playing for the country. In addition, we would like to see a better future for them. Professional boxing and boxing league can make it happen. We will have to explore those. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has come out with a notification which says they will allow professional boxers to compete in amateur championships and represent the country. We would like to see the best boxers compete for India and find a future for themselves.”

The BFI will pick promising boxers from the Nationals to groom them for future. “We will evaluate every single boxer who will be in the camp – their strength, agility etc...We are trying to prepare a scientific database of each of these boxers and will see what progress they make. We want to spread that to the academies and make sure our coaches know the best techniques.”

Meanwhile, the BFI is planning to invite the Australian men and women boxers for a camp at Delhi. “They (the Australian federation) have written to us saying they would like to send both their teams here. We are working on the logistics and hopefully we can host them. It will be a kind of exchange programme,” informed Ajay Singh.