World Series of Boxing

LA Matadors vs. Moscow Dynamo in Hollywood, CA on 4 December 2011. Both amateur boxers compete without vests or head guards.

The World Series of Boxing or WSB is an international boxing tournament that allows amateur boxers to compete professionally while maintaining amateur status and Olympic eligibility. It is organised by AIBA. It is a team match-up, in many ways similar to other professional sport leagues.


World Series of Boxing had its precursor, International Boxing League, a short-lived U.S. venture established in November 1969, and functioned to 1971. The league folded due to financial reasons for amateur boxing wasn't profitable in the United States contrary to professional boxing.


Unlike amateur boxing, competitors taking part in sanctioned World Series of Boxing bouts must be bare-chested and are not permitted to wear protective headgear. Each participating boxer is drafted by one of a number of international franchises and can earn money by taking part in professional-style bouts. However, they maintain Olympic and AIBA world championship eligibility and remain eligible to compete at the Olympic Games.

Like professional boxing, each bout is decided by the scores of three judges or, in some cases, by a knockout, technical knockout or walk-over. A WSB meet between two international franchises consists of bouts in ten (formerly five) weight categories. There are five three-minute rounds in each bout and the team that wins the most number of bouts wins the meet.[1]

Weight classesEdit

Until season 4, there were five weight categories which were different than 10 categories in amateur (Olympic) boxing or 17 categories in professional boxing. These were Heavyweight (91+ kg), Light heavyweight (80–85 kg), Middleweight (68–73 kg), Lightweight (57–61 kg) and Bantamweight (50–54 kg). In the fourth season (2013–14), the number of weight classes was increased to ten, and they are same as in amateur (Olympic) boxing.


Teams played in the WSB:[2][3]


Season Teams Winners Runners-up Final score
2010–11 12   Paris United   Astana Arlans 6–4
2011–12 12   D&G Milano Thunder   Dynamo Moscow 4–1
2012–13 12   Astana Arlans   Ukraine Otamans 6–5
2013–14 12   Cuba Domadores   Baku Fires 6–5
2015 16   Astana Arlans   Cuba Domadores 6–4
2016 16   Cuba Domadores   British Lionhearts 9–1
2017 12   Astana Arlans   Cuba Domadores 6–5
2018 12   Cuba Domadores   Astana Arlans 7–3

Performance by clubEdit

Performance in the WSB finals by club
Club Winners Runners-up Winning years Runners-up years
  Astana Arlans 3 2
2012–13, 2015, 2017
2010–11, 2018
  Cuba Domadores 3 2
2013–14, 2016, 2018
2015, 2017
  Paris United 1 0
  D&G Milano Thunder 1 0
  Dynamo Moscow 0 1
  Ukraine Otamans 0 1
  Baku Fires 0 1
  British Lionhearts 0 1

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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