No need for BFI approval:SBL

Tuesday 9th May, 2017

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Team owners of the Super Boxing League pose at the unveiling ceremony in Mumbai on Monday
No need for BFI approval: SBL
The promoters of the Super Boxing League, on Monday, insisted that the first season of the Super Boxing League will be held from July 7 to August 12 at one centre ? Delhi. The league had run into rough weather with the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) and the All India Boxing Association (AIBA) withdrawing support. However, promoters of the event unveiled the eight teams and their owners on Monday and insisted that the league will go ahead as planned.
"It's a professional league and we are open to everyone," said Bill Dosanjh, owner-promoter in response to a question on BFI's opposition to the League. "We don't have to get anyone's approval," added Dosanjh, a businessman from England.
The BFI, headed by A jay Singh, has refused to allow its boxers to figure in the event, while its parent world body, AIBA, also withdrew support to the SBL after having "positive preliminary discussions".
Amir Khan, former world champion and British Olympic medallist, is a co-promoter of the league. Khan was originally scheduled to attend the unveiling ceremony of the teams, but stayed back in Dubai after suffering a hand injury in training. He is expected to arrive in the country on Tuesday.
"We are affiliated to the WBC (World Boxing Council) and Amir Khan's academy has enough' boxing talent," Dosanjh said, insisting that the league will not suffer from a paucity of boxers. "We also have many NRI fighters based in London, the US
Mumbai Assassins Delhi Gladiators Haryana Warriors Sher-E-Puojab UP Terminators North East Tigers Maratha Yoddhas Southern Super Kings
and Canada."
The SBL will feature eight franchises and each team will comprise six boxers ? five men and one woman. This includes a maximum of three foreigners, with six back-up players. "Each franchise owner has committed Rs 6 crore (including Rs 3 crore as franchise fees)/' said Dosanjh.
The revenue will be shared in the 60:40 ratio between the owners and the league, according to the league's promoter who is also the founder
cum promoter of the Super Fight League. Prize money will be Rs 4 crore, said Dosanjh, adding that the second season will be held in Mumbai after which the promoters were planning to adopt a home and away format.
Each weekend of SBL will see six bouts in six weight categories and a bout will have four rounds of three minutes each. SBL is also planning a promotional bout between Amir Khan and India's star amateur-turned-professional boxer Vijender Singh.
Among the team owners are Aditya Munjal of Hero Cycles (joint owner of Delhi Gladiators) and Ajeenkya Patil of the DY Patil Group (owner of Maratha Yoddhas). SBL has roped in Sony Pictures Networks India as the broadcast partner. PTI