World Series of Boxing

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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.


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 classes[edit]

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 France Paris United Kazakhstan Astana Arlans 6–4
2011–12 12 Italy D&G Milano Thunder Russia Dynamo Moscow 4–1
2012–13 12 Kazakhstan Astana Arlans Ukraine Ukraine Otamans 6–5
2013–14 12 Cuba Cuba Domadores Azerbaijan Baku Fires 6–5
2015 16 Kazakhstan Astana Arlans Cuba Cuba Domadores 6–4
2016 16 Cuba Cuba Domadores United Kingdom British Lionhearts 9–1
2017 12 Kazakhstan Astana Arlans Cuba Cuba Domadores 6–5

Performance by club[edit]

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

Media rights distribution[edit]

All WSB Live shows are distributed worldwide by Fighting Spirit.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 11, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 19, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2012.

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