TransStadia has signed an exclusive ten-year deal as a franchise owner with World Series of Boxing (WSB), a property owned by International Boxing Association (AIBA), the apex body of the sport worldwide. TransStadia will exclusively represent as a franchise owner for India with team operating out of Mumbai.
The Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) will provide with technical assistance at every level to the franchise. Each franchise in the WSB needs to have a minimum of 10 boxers with at least three from abroad and a maximum of 20 boxers, six of whom need to be foreign ones. While most of the domestic slots in the Mumbai franchise will be confirmed sometime soon.
Meanwhile, the foreign boxers will be picked up in an IPL-style auction which will be held in October. The TransStadia team will compete against five opponents on a home-and-away basis in Group A, which includes Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder of Italy, Bangkok Team, Los Angeles Matadors of USA, Dynamo Moscow of Russia and Astana Arlans of Kazakhstan.
The emergence of the Mumbai-based side would be the much-needed shot in the arm to bring the sport up in a big way in the metros. There has been a swelling interest particularly around northern and north-eastern part of the country and the entry of TransStadia will prove to be the turning point.
Mumbai Fighters, the Indian boxing team at World Series of Boxing, is committed to give emerging as well as established boxing talent from India an international platform to perform at. The team is also dedicated to ensure that there is an overall development in the sport by bringing in the best coaching and training practices.
The team hopes to make boxing as a way of life for the athletes and the staff involved and not treat it merely as a sport. Values of perseverance in both winning and losing situations; a sense of good sportsmanship; and a high level of personal integrity and ethical conduct will be inculcated in one and all involved.
It's a team and not a collection of boxers from India and abroad with the motto 'One wins all win, one loses all lose'. It also resonates with every Indian, who has to punch his way through the various struggles on a day to day basis.
|Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex the training base for Venky's Mumbai Fighters
|Mumbai Fighters have announced the venue for their first home match as the boxing arena in the one-of-its-kind Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex located in Balewadi, Pune. They will take on Milano Thunders in the match on November 11, 2011.
Built with a futuristic intention of holding international sporting events, the complex in Pune is one of the best sporting facilities in the country. The excellent conduct and success of Youth Commonwealth Games (YCWG) in 2008 at this very venue says a lot about the facilities.
Post the YCWG, in the same year, the venue hosted World Junior Table Tennis Circuit. In 2009, FIVB Men's Junior World Championship was held which was won by title-favourites Brazil.
Therefore, Mumbai Fighters, decided to make the most of the world-class facilities and set up their training camp here first. Taking a step further, the Mumbai Fighters team management then rightly decided to make the boxing arena here as their home stadium, which boasts a seating arrangement for 2000 people.
Team owner and Principal Udit Sheth was excited with this development. The Fighters are going to host the WSB bouts in the boxing arena at the iconic Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex that has world-class facilities," Udit said. "Created for the Youth Commonwealth Games, the facility boasts of all that is needed for training, competitions and sport entertainment and hospitality," he added.
The team owner was thankful for the support and efforts of the Maharashtra State Government in supporting his team Mumbai Fighters. He also ensured the spectators, WSB and AIBA that there will be no stones unturned to make WSB's India debut an event to remember. "Indian Boxing Federation (IABF) and Maharashtra Boxing Association (MBA) are doing every bit to make WSB a grand success in India," he signed off.
| IABF joint secretary Jay Kowli felt the Mumbai Fighters boxers would have an advantage of making their training base as their home venue. "The boxers will feel completely at home for a fact that they would not have to change their training and fighting base," Kowli pointed. The Fighters have been at the arena for almost a month now for training. "Acclimatization will be natural and that plays an important role in boxing. Apart from that, the facility is also impressive. So over and above I think the Indian team should make the most of this advantageous situation," Kowli concluded.