Multi-mil­lion global event un­veiled

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Organisers of a new US$50 mil­lion (RM225 mil­lion) box­ing tour­na­ment un­veiled plans on Thurs­day for the World Box­ing Su­per Se­ries, a Septem­ber-to-May event with two weight classes of fight­ers chas­ing the Muham­mad Ali Tro­phy.

Ber­lin-based Sauer­land Pro­mo­tions, Swedish me­dia com­pany Mod­ern Times Group and Swiss-based event mar­ket­ing firm High­light Event and En­ter­tain­ment have united be­hind the project as Swiss-reg­is­tered Co­mosa AG, of­fi­cials said at the an­nounce­ment in New York.

“It is Co­mosa’s am­bi­tion to turn the World Box­ing Su­per Se­ries into the world’s big­gest and best box­ing tour­na­ment,” said Roberto Dalmiglio, Co­mosa’s man­age­ment board di­rec­tor.

But there were no deals for fight­ers an­nounced and ex­actly which weight di­vi­sions would be on of­fer was not re­vealed by the group, say­ing an ex­pert panel will in­vite fight­ers ranked among the top 15 by one of the four largest global sanc­tion­ing bod­ies.

The in­au­gu­ral sea­son will fea­ture two weight classes, which along with the box­ers in­volved will be re­vealed in June at a “Draft Gala” in which four topseeded ri­vals will se­lect their quar­ter-fi­nal foes from the other four fight­ers in their di­vi­sion.

That would set the stage for quar­ter-fi­nal bouts next Septem­ber and October, semi­fi­nals next Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary and cham­pi­onship bouts in May 2018, with fights staged mainly in US and Euro­pean venues, each head­lin­ing a card of its own, and fu­ture sea­sons al­ready planned.

Organisers said they would in­vite pro­mot­ers and sanc­tion­ing bod­ies to work with and help or­gan­ise events, but an­nounced no agree­ments in place.

World ti­tles from a sanc­tion­ing body would be recog­nised but how such things as manda­tory chal­lengers would be han­dled was not out­lined.

Prize money would be divided among all fight­ers but higher prizes would go to win­ners and the big­gest of all to the even­tual tour­na­ment cham­pion.

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