The 2018 Africa Boxing Union (ABU) Convention opens at the Hotel Africana in Kampala, Uganda today, the Uganda Professional Boxing Commission has announced.
The four-day convention will run until Sunday, September 9 and is aiming to up the standards of professional boxing in Africa and particularly Uganda.
The focus will be fall on strategies to improve the boxers’ ranking and refresher courses for ring officials [referees and judges].
Expected to attend are some African boxing legends and current professional champions, presidents and executive members of commissions across Africa.
“I would like to thank companies and individuals who have contributed to make this convention a success,” said Salim Uhuru, the UPBC president in a press meet at the Commission’s office at Mukwano Mall in Kampala.
“If it wasn’t for their efforts maybe we wouldn’t reach this mileage of hosting such a big convention.”
Uganda are hosting the convention for the second time, having first staged the event at the Hotel Equatorial in 2005.
“We pray in the name of Allah this convention to be successful and a memorable one,” Uhuru added.
In other boxing news, Fox Sports has announced a landmark four-year, multi-platform agreement with Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) to become the preeminent broadcaster for PBC’s top-tier championship fights, featuring its biggest and brightest stars.
The announcement was made by Mark Silverman, President, National Networks, Fox Sports and Alan Haymon, President and CEO of Haymon Sports, creator of the PBC series.